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Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. Samuel Johnson
When the severity of the law is to be softened, let pity, not bribes, be the motive. Miguel de Cervantes
In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery? Saint Augustine
Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories. Thomas Jefferson
Chicago is unique. It is the only completely corrupt city in America. Charles Edward Merriam
In the United States, though power corrupts, the expectation of power paralyzes. John Kenneth Galbraith
I have nothing to hide. Adam Lambert
No public man can be just a little crooked. Herbert Hoover
Corruption has its own motivations, and one has to thoroughly study that phenomenon and eliminate the foundations that allow corruption to exist. Eduard Shevardnadze
It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it. Aung San Suu Kyi
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men. John Acton
Fools are more to be feared than the wicked. Queen Christina
The highest proof of virtue is to possess boundless power without abusing it. Thomas Babington Macaulay
Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct. Thomas Jefferson
Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power. John Steinbeck
The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too. Oscar Levant
Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country. Karl Kraus
An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought. Simon Cameron
Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat. John F. Lehman, Jr.
The incestuous relationship between government and big business thrives in the dark. Jack Anderson
The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference. Bess Myerson
Where the roots of private virtue are diseased, the fruit of public probity cannot but be corrupt. Felix Adler
Life is a corrupting process from the time a child learns to play his mother off against his father in the politics of when to go to bed; he who fears corruption fears life. Saul Alinsky
There is no hope even that woman, with her right to vote, will ever purify politics. Emma Goldman
When one gets in bed with government, one must expect the diseases it spreads. Ron Paul
Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty. Edward Gibbon
The fanatic is incorruptible: if he kills for an idea, he can just as well get himself killed for one; in either case, tyrant or martyr, he is a monster. Emile M. Cioran
The corruption of the best things gives rise to the worst. David Hume
Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven. John Milton
Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage. Ambrose Bierce
The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently. Friedrich Nietzsche
Though the bribe be small, yet the fault is great. Edward Coke
If a large city can, after intense intellectual efforts, choose for its mayor a man who merely will not steal from it, we consider it a triumph of the suffrage. Frank Moore Colby
Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder. George Washington
No new state is ever fully ready for independence .. David L. Phillips
There are 6 million children in the world who die before the age of 5 every year... 1 in 6 Angolan children will die from completely preventable diseases before the age of 5. Angola is one of the least transparent and most corrupt nations in the world and has the highest infant mortality rate in the world. Nicholas Kristof
The perversions of heresy, which has corrupted men throughout the ages, is constantly on the increase in Toulouse. We admonish your royal serenity most carefully ... and enjoin you for the omission of sins to arm yourself strongly and powerfully to root out such degenerate shoots ... You must eliminate such harmful filth ... Innocent III
I had enabled the development of a corrupt system right under my very eyes.. Sarah Chayes
The Government of Afghanistan could best be understood, not as a government at all, but as a vertically integrated criminal organization whose care activity was not in fact exercising the functions of a state, but of rather extracting resources for personal gain. Sarah Chayes
All my life I have been under investigation.... I will just have to hire 200 more lawyers to keep me out of jail. James R. Hoffa
Development donors ... put a positive spin on awful recipient governments by asserting that while things are bad, they are getting better. William Easterly
"Post-conflict reconstruction" means you have to do deals with even worse gangsters than under peacetime conditions. And what incentives does it create to give aid money to the men of violence in post-conflict societies many of whom committed war crimes, while shunning peaceful democratic politicians? William Easterly
[The new Congolese] security forces committed unlawful killings, torture, beatings, acts of rape, extortion and other abuses, largely with impunity. U. S. State Department
We should be tough on a bureaucracy that fails to turn aid money into critical services for the poor. William Easterly
The judiciary must be independent, impartial and autonomous to impart justice to the people and establish rule of law in the society. Altaf Hussain
He [Donald Trump] buys and sells politicians of all stripes. Rand Paul
Many of these [big political] donors are my friends. Those people are not like charities ... They Want. These are total tough cookies. When they give millions and millions of dollars, they're not doing it for the good of the American Cancer Society. They're doing it for themselves. Donald Trump
Mobutu was mainstream Africa. Every independent African Government was a one-party state at the time. None allowed opposition. Every one of them had rent-seeking political leaders. The only thing that set Mobutu apart was how ostentatious his theft was. Herman Jay Cohen
He was the John the Baptist of the Reagan revolution. Victor Gold
Corruption is the principle source of financing political parties.. Ivan Valesquez Gomez
The euro zone is only hurting itself by trying to keep Greece as a member. Jochen Bittner
Personalist regimes mute factional differences the most .... Dictators usually retain the loyalty of elites through some combination of coercion, personal favors, and material rewards. Elites are frequently rotated or jailed to avoid factionalism. The military is usually a depersonalized instrument for the dictator's power, holding no sense of independent institutional identity. Divisions between so-called hard-liners and soft-liners are virtually non-existent... C. William Waldorf Jr.
If you don't have the ability to work with local authorities, and confront corruption and tribal issues, then you'll fail. Nir Kalron
And therefore, every subject of this realme, for injury done to … by any other subject, be he ecclesiasticall, or temporall, free, or bond, man, or woman, old, or young, or be he outlawed, excommunicated, or any other without exception, may take his remedy by the course of the law, and have justice, and right for the injury done to him, freely without sale, fully without any deniall, and speedily without delay. Edward Coke
We will sell to no man, we will not deny or defer to any man either justice or right. Magna Carta (John Lackland)
For undemocratic reasons and for motives not of State, They arrive at their conclusions — largely inarticulate. Being void of self-expression they confide their views to none: But sometimes in a smoking-room, one learns why things were done. Rudyard Kipling
Workers of the World Unite, and Fight for a White South Africa Anonymous
The sympathy of India, deep and burning, for those passive resisters who were being dealt with by measures which could not for a moment be tolerated in any country that claims to be civilized. Lord Hardinge; Charles Hardinge
Most Russian programs and policies had had just the opposite effect of what was intended. The reason is hyper-centralization of power. Lilia Shevtsova
The election in Russia was free but not very fair. Garry Kasparov
The Congressional Ethics Committees are the brothers and sisters of member of Congress and no one wants to investigate their brothers and sisters. Joan Claybrook
Having found, from experience, that impeachment is an impracticable thing, a mere scare-crow, they consider themselves secure for life; they skulk from responsibility to public opinion. Thomas Jefferson
We are, in effect, being led from disaster to disaster by a headless horseman run amok with stuffed pockets and an empty conscience. Larisa Alexandrovna
Politics is irrational. Politics is about human beings with their frailties and perversions and distortions or perception, who prioritise things according to their conviction. David Lange
George W. Bush has gathered around him upper-crust C-students who know no history or geography. Kurt Vonnegut
Human beings are chimpanzees who get crazy drunk on power. By saying that our leaders are power-drunk chimpanzees, am I in danger of wrecking the morale of our soldiers fighting and dying in the Middle East? Their morale, like so many bodies, is already shot to pieces Kurt Vonnegut
Power is like a drug. The more you use it, the larger doses you need. Robert Caro
The present national situation is such that the man who becomes its leader has no alternative to a complete dependence on one single faction, save the complete renunciation of authority, The last is what I choose Jose de San Martin
I beheld absolutism in all its power; and I felt encouraged to enter into a struggle against Augustin I. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna
a government which goes counter to the will of the nation must be overthrown at once... It is dangerous to drive the people to despair and force them to demand by violence that which they as yet seek only by constitutional means. Tamoyo
Those strutting, heroic figures who destroyed Spanish rule were, it seemed, unable themselves to rule for any significant period of time, or to build lasting institutions. Worse, the cult of personality that grew up around them served as a precedent for the two most serious evils that were to afflict Latin America until well into the late twentieth century – popular dictatorship and caudillismo, military rule – which alternated in many countries, and even sometimes merged, with doubly tragic results. Latin America’s underdevelopment since independence, particularly as compared with the United States, has been largely ascribed to such misgovernment. Robert Lambart Harvey
… the use of office for direct or indirect personal monetary gain House of Representatives
The government itself is — and should be — accountable when its officials run amok. Royce C. Lamberth
My mind revolts and my soul cannot support the weight of so much evil: theft, rape, pillage, deaths, and murders, fires and devastation; the virgin violated, the cry of the widow and the orphan; the father armed against his son and each one looking for his brother to kill him; of those who have migrated; of the thousands who have fled; of the bodies stretched out in the public streets; of the bones which cover the fields and of so much blood shed on Venezuela’s soil. Narciso Coll y Pratt
Disbelievers cause confusion and corruption in the land. Muhammad
Powerlessness corrupts: absolute powerlessness corrupts absolutely Rosabeth Moss Kanter
As far as I’m concerned, the senior commanders of the Ottoman empire are useless. For me, the command structure of the army stops at majors. Tomorrow’s great commanders will come from their ranks. I’ll keep officers up to the rank of major on the army roll. The rest I’ll get rid of. Kemal Ataturk
Politics is often monopolized by political leaders … and when it is, things do not always go the right way for the people. Sari Nusseibeh
We´re opening a process against 15% of Congress members. I wonder if in any other part of the world such a massive inquiry in democracy has taken place. This means we´re beginning an in depth cleaning operation to recover the prestige of the Brazilian Legislative which has never had its image so tarnished. Raul Jungmann
More than 40 years of African Independence have offered to the world a sad spectacle of a continent looted and humiliated with the complicity of its own sons and daughters. Laurent Desire Kabila
In Mexico, the people who are put in jail are all the wrong people. The good people are in jail. Elena Poniatowska
Our tribunals — unlike those in the United States — have been traditionally subordinated to political power. Mexico has a history of corrupt elections where the will of the people has been subverted by the wealthy and powerful. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
Nobody is going to call me 'Sergio 15,' someone who takes a 15 percent cut from every contract. We aren't stealing ... way too much money was stolen in the past. Sergio Fajardo
The Department of Justice should never be reduced to a political arm of the White House. Patrick Leahy
There is a kind of innate conflict of interest when members of congressional ethics committees are called upon to judge their colleagues. Lee H. Hamilton
We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, "Stay the course. Stay the course? You've got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned Titanic. Lee Iacocca
The usually travelled route for a great many Members of the last Congress was an exceedingly crooked one, even for politicians. Horace Greeley
My pecuniary circumstances (barely competent) and my settled domestic habits make it very undesirable for me to be in high office with low pay—it subjects a man to great temptations to live above his income, and thus become dishonest; and if he have the courage to live economically, it subjects his family to ridicule. Edward Bates
All the anxious politicians of his party have been looking upon him as certainty, at no distant day, to be the President of the United States. They have seen in his round, jolly, fruitful face, post offices land offices, marshalships, and cabinet appointments, chargeships and foreign missions, bursting and sprouting out in wonderful exuberance ready to be laid hold of by their greedy hands. Abraham Lincoln
The public must be assured that prosecutorial decisions are made on legal and not political grounds. David Inglesias
Any crooked bookkeeper's books are balanced. James E. Ferguson
We bought the son of a bitch, but he didn't stay bought. Henry Clay Frick
Despite high profile examples of local authorities been tried, convicted, and sometimes even executed for corruption, many officials simply calculate that the payoff for malfeasance is worth the risk of being caught. John L. Thornton
In order to thrive, the slave trade requires the direct or indirect involvement of national governments, at both the source and the destination. Since prophets are high, slavers have plenty of money to pay off government officials and local police…. If ordinary criminals are rarely punished for dealing in slaves, high level officials in such places enjoyed even more impunity. Ethan Kapstein
George W. Bush is the mascot of crony capitalism. Molly Ivins
Malefactors of great wealth Theodore Roosevelt
Web of corruption Criminals of great wealth Apologists for corrupt wealth Powerful wrongdoers Hypocritical baseness Peculiarly flagrant iniquity Flagrant dishonesty Rottenness Greed, trickery and cunning Representatives of predatory wealth Wealth accumulated by iniquity Corrupt men of wealth Law-defying wealth Mammon of unrighteousness Very wealthy criminals Corruption of organized politics Evil eminence of infamy The death knell of the Republic Wealthy malefactors Theodore Roosevelt
The only place you have real monopolies is where government provides them. Milton Friedman
Any institution which does not suppose the people good, and the magistrate corruptible is evil. Maximilien Robespierre
The hardest way to make a million dollars is to become a United States senator. Any vicious, impudent, brazen, shrewd, gifted person can think of an infinite number of better ways to become rich than to become a crooked politician. Walter Karp
If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought George Orwell Blair
Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad. Henry A. Kissinger
It's said that 'power corrupts', but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. David Brin
Corruption is a very lucrative business. Wangari Maathai
Impunity for the great thief, and jail for the thief who steals a loaf. Pablo Neruda
I’m getting tired of all this. No more of this coup shit! Lyndon B. Johnson
Huey Long’s methods outdid the good he did with the results. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
The pork part of the budget is reaching new highs. Paul A. Volcker
Monopoly is unlawful in Islam. Muhammad
Democracies are often run by ethnically based groups prepared to do terrible things to other ethnic groups... or they can be very corrupt, dominated by elites... Frances J Stewart
Civilizations do not collapse because the citizenry are corrupt or lazy or anti-intellectual. These people do not have the power and influence to either lead or destroy. Civilizations collapse when those who have power fail to do their jobs. John Ralston Saul
Lion’s Mouth Anonymous
The Tory is one who is governed by sense and habit alone. He considers not what is possible, but what is real; he gives might the preference over right. He cries long life to the conqueror, and is ever strong upon the stronger side—the side of corruption and prerogative. William Hazlitt
Corporate bodies are more corrupt and profligate than individuals, because they have more power to do mischief, and are less amenable to disgrace or punishment. They feel neither shame, remorse, gratitude, nor goodwill. William Hazlitt
We Americans are not usually thought to be a submissive people, but of course we are. Why else would we allow our country to be destroyed? Why else would we be rewarding its destroyers? Why else would we all— by proxies we have given to greedy corporations and corrupt politicians— be participating in its destruction? Most of us are still too sane to piss in our own cistern, but we allow others to do so and we reward them for it. We reward them so well, in fact, that those who piss in our cistern are wealthier than the rest of us. Wendell Berry
Money is the key that opens all locks. Welsh Proverb
The people are starving. They need food; they need medicine; they need education. They do not need a skyscraper to house the ruling party and a 24-hour TV station. Wangari Maathai
The money is given in these state judges elections by the very people who will appear before these judges. Now that can’t be a good system. Sandra Day O'Connor
Iraq may be able to run along in a corrupt, inefficient, oriental sort of way, something better than she was under Turkish rule…. If this is the result, even though it be not a very splendid one, we shall have built better than we know. Henry Robert Conway Dobbs
Delay has the odor of the Beltway. Wall Street Journal
Palestinians are painfully aware that their government is rife with corruption. Khalil Shikaki
And you shall take no bribe; for the bribe blinds the wise, and perverts the words of the righteous: Book of Exodus
A bribe is a precious stone in the eyes of him who gives it; wherever it turns, it prospers. Book of Proverbs; Solomon
We have no standard by which to measure the disaster that may be brought upon us by ignorance and vice in the citizens when joined to corruption and fraud in the suffrage. James A. Garfield
If you put too much aid too quickly into weak institutions, you have corruption and failure. Andrew Natsios
It’s in their interest to keep a Republican majority …. It’s sort of ‘Scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.” Thomas D. DeLay
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Eventually, money wins in politics. Jack Abramoff
There can be no complete and permanent reform of the civil service until public opinion emancipates congressmen from all control and influence over government patronage . . . No proper legislation is to be expected as long as members of Congress are engaged in procuring offices for their constituents Rutherford B. Hayes
I never did, or countenanced, in public life, a single act inconsistent with the strictest good faith; having never believed there was one code of morality for a public, and another for a private man. Thomas Jefferson
In areas where competitive markets work well beyond question, they are constantly under attack by government—members of both parties. Richard Epstein
Many of the very best law-abiding and peace-loving citizens have no confidence in the willingness of the civil officers to pursue and bring to justice that element of outlawry so largely disturbing the sense of security, and so often committing highway robbery and smaller thefts. The opinion in Tombstone and elsewhere in that part of the Territory is quite prevalent that the civil officers are quite largely in league with the leaders of this disturbing and dangerous element. Something must be done, and that right early, or very grave results will follow. If is an open disgrace to American liberty and the peace and security of her citizens, that such a slate of affairs should exist. John J. Gosper
The fact is the condition of affairs in Dodge, instead of improving, as I had hoped, seems to be growing worse. I hear, every now and then, of robberies committed on innocent strangers, who have come to Kansas to seek homes. Visitors inform me that the saloons are increasing, not only in numbers, but in depravity; and that thieves, desperadoes, gamblers and criminals generally, are multiplying. It is also alleged that these lawless characters dominate in the city; that they have terrorized all the better elements of society; that they openly and defiantly flaunt their viciousness and depravity; and that they appear to think there is no power or authority that can reach or punish them. John A. Martin
Things in general will be conducted as of old. All parties that were run out have returned and no further effort will be made to drive them away….. A new dance house was opened Saturday night where all the warriors met and settled their past differences and everything was made lovely and serene. All opposing factions, both saloon men and gamblers met and agreed to stand by each other for the good of their trade. Not an unlooked for result. Ford County Globe
King William and the chief men loved gold and silver and did not care how sinfully it was obtained provided it came to them. He did not care at all how wrongfully his men got possession of land nor how many illegal acts they did. Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
No one can have 33,000 employees and not do something wrong or have one of them do something wrong. Ernie Fletcher
[Political] offices are as acceptable here as elsewhere, and whenever a man cast a longing eye on them, a rottenness begins in his conduct. Thomas Jefferson
The steps which my predecessor took and the legislation passed on his recommendation have accomplished much, have caused a general halt in the vicious policies which created popular alarm, and have brought about in the business world a much higher regard for existing law. William Howard Taft
You may elect whatever candidates you please to office, if you will allow me to select the candidates. William Marcy Tweed
If there is one thing that unites all Palestinian people today is their resentment of corruption. Dennis Ross
He that buys the office of magistrate must of necessity sell justice. Italian Proverb
I was just visited by a constituent of mine who runs a company that provides services that your agency might use and I would like someone to meet and tell them if there are any opportunities for them. I personally do not know the quality of their work, and I of course do not want any special favor or consideration for them. I have told them that I will only help them identify Federal opportunities but to win any work they must be the best company and the low bidder. Paul H. Douglas
I did what I was supposed to do. Pedro Menendez de Aviles
Musharraf and his own government, his close advisers, they have been untainted by sort of any serious allegation of corruption and they have been in power now for three years, which -- and in the context of Pakistan is a bit of a record, you know? I mean there are not too many governments who have achieved that Sadullah Kahn
Laws go where money pleases. Portuguese Proverb
The Arab leaders and tyrannical regimes have used Israel as a pretext. True, Israel has exhausted many Arab resources, but nevertheless, I say that the regimes have exhausted the resources of their own countries, have smuggled and stolen more than the war against Israel has cost us. Sa'd Al-Din Ibrahim
Meese was a sleaze. Edward J. M. Little
The big thieves hang the little ones. Czech Proverb
The seeds of freedom ... have now been scattered where despotism and tyranny ranked and ruled, will be watered by the enlivening dews of God's clemency, till the reapers [abolitionists] shall shout the harvest home. Henry McNeal Turner
If one permits an infidel to continue in his role as a corrupter of the earth, his moral suffering will be all the worse. If one kills the infidel, and this stops him from perpetrating his misdeeds, his death will be a blessing to him. Ruhollah Khomeini
If we permit ourselves to be ill served, to be served by corrupt and incompetent and inefficient men, then on our own head must the blame rest. Theodore Roosevelt
The investigation has shown, let us hope, privilege at its worst. The trail is one of dishonesty, greed, violation of law, secrecy, concealment, evasion, falsehood, and cunning. It is a trail of betrayals by trusted and presumably honorable men--betrayals of a government, of certain business interests and the people who trusted and honored them; it is a trail showing a flagrant degree of the exercise of political power and influence, and the power and influence of great wealth upon individuals and political parties; it is the trail of despoilers and schemers, far more dangerous to the well-being of our Nation and our democracy than all those who have been deported Gerald Nye
How soon the labor of men would make a paradise of the whole earth, were it not for misgovernment, and a diversion of all his energies from their proper object -- the happiness of man -- to the selfish interest of kings, nobles, and priests. Thomas Jefferson
A heavy aristocracy and corruption are two bridles in the mouths of a people which will prevent them from making any effectual efforts against their masters. Thomas Jefferson
When the principle that force is right is become the principle of the nation itself, they would not permit an honest minister, were accident to bring such a one into power, to relax their system of lawless piracy. Thomas Jefferson
Either force or corruption has been the principle of every modern government. Thomas Jefferson
…the new front of great corporate transgression. Henry L. Stimson
I didn’t want you to recommend anyone for the place who I cannot implicitly rely upon to refuse a $10 bill when an Italian offers it to him, as will happen almost every day. Franklin D. Roosevelt
… the sole end of government is the protection and security of the people; whenever therefore that power which was originally instituted to effect these important and valuable purposes is employed to harass and enslave the people, … it becomes a curse rather than a blessing. Massachusetts
They say they impeached me for taking my own money. I impeach the criminal conspirators, these looters and grafters, for stealing the taxpayers' money. That is what I never did .... My day will come again. From (Tammany Hall boss Michael C. Murphy's High Court of Infamy--the New York legislature--I appeal to the higher court—the court of public opinion. Let those who have failed take courage; Tho' the enemy seems to have won, Tho' his ranks be strong, if he be in the wrong, The battle is not yet done; For sure as the morning follows The darkest hour of night, No question is ever settled Until it is settled right. Posterity will do me justice. Time sets all things right. William Sulzer
We find an organization that is deeply troubled by bad management, by sex and corruption and by a growing lack of confidence in its ability to carry out missions that are given to them. John Bolton
This place is being corrupted by money. Anyone who does not believe this is not living on this planet…. Anybody with their eyes open knows that we have a problem. Jim McGovern
Honest Graft Brooks Jackson
There is no reason for a lobbyist to give us gifts. They are supposed to give us information. Louise Slaughter
Why should I reward someone who doesn’t like the President, so they can use funds to try to campaign against the President. Alphonso Jackson
Pomp corrupts church officials French Proverb
The nearer to the Church, the further from God French Proverb
Much law, but little justice. Portuguese Proverb
Laws go where money pleases. Portuguese Proverb
A seat in the council is honor without profit. Portuguese Proverb
Clergymen are the ticket scalpers outside the gates of heaven. Religion has been a curse to mankind. H. L. Mencken
The most consistent and ultimately damaging failure of political journalism in America has its roots in the clubby/cocktail personal relationships that inevitably develop between politicians and journalists. When professional antagonists become after-hours drinking buddies, they are not likely to turn each other in Hunter S. Thompson
Tariffs, quotas and other import restrictions protect the business of the rich at the expense of high cost of living for the poor. Their intent is to deprive you of the right to choose, and to force you to buy the high-priced inferior products of politically favored companies. W. Alan Burris
Those who have more power are liable to sin more; no theorem in geometry is more certain than this. Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibnitz
Government ought to be all outside and no inside [for] corruption thrives in secret places [and] it [is] a fair presumption that secrecy means impropriety. William E. Leuchtenburg
Compared to publicity…internal checks upon bureaucratic misbehavior…have but negligible value. Francis E. Rourke
In a country with glaring evidence of persuasive corruption and impunity at all tiers of government, it is morally unjustifiable to amputate the hands of these impoverished people for petty theft, in the name of Puritanism. Malam Shehu Sanni
They were both obnoxious, drunk with their power …. they were the hatchet men of the Nixon administration, the killers, the psychopaths in residence Pierre Andre Rinfret
I hold them [politicians] in contempt for the reason that they enact laws, further social engineering, do anything to get elected, couldn't care less about the wishes of the people and make horrible mistakes along the way when they do get in office. If there is anyone the most ignorant about issues it is a politician. A plague on all their houses! Pierre Andre Rinfret
That is the best of men who dislikes power. Muhammad
We, the men and women, full and free, are conscious that the war that we have declared is our last resort, but also a just one. The dictators are applying an undeclared genocidal war against our people for many years. Therefore we ask for your participation, your decision to support this plan that struggles for work, land, housing, food, health care, education, independence, freedom, democracy, justice and peace. Subcomandante Marcos
Once he became Pope Alexander VI, Vatican parties, already wild, grew wilder …. Guests stripped and ran out onto the floor, where they mounted, or were mounted by, the prostitutes. The coupling took place in front of everyone present …. The winners were those who made love with the courtesans the greatest number of times Johannes, Burchardus,
The dignity of Peter suffers no diminution even in an unworthy successor Leo I
A liberal doesn’t sell out to the special interests. George McGovern
It is not a court, when sentence is passed by judge-bureaucrats who are dependent upon the authorities. In the Supreme Revolutionary Tribunal there are no jurors from the general public, there are only state officials, drawing their salaries from the state treasury, which is in the hands of Trotsky and other People’s Commissars. It is not a court, when the accused is not allowed to call witnesses in his defense. … This debauchery is being carried out in your name, Russian worker! Yuliy Osipovich Tsederbaum; Julius Martov
We [Arabs] export not only oil but techniques and tools of torture. Our states, run by ministries of the interior and the security services, are regimes bereft of legitimacy and based on violations of dignity and human rights. Khaled Chouket
The U. S. put the Japanese in camps during World War II; it had McCarthyism and now they have [George W.] Bush. But it will all pass. Democracy corrects itself. Faisal Al-Kasim
The record of Arab regimes is disgraceful and outrageous … worse than that of the occupier or the colonialist. Khaled Chouket
Realists assert that a tradition so deeply ingrained in a people is bound to permeate the life of West Africa for so long as racial memory functions, and that gift-giving and perquisite-taking (words more polite than bribery and corruption) have always stimulated the roots of African business and social relationships. Isobel Ryan
Corruption may be one way of surmounting traditional laws or bureaucratic regulations which hamper economic expansion. Samuel P. Huntington
We're doing a lot about corruption... it takes a long time and we are doing the right measures. It took 20 years for the system under successive military governments to become so corrupt, so it will take time to bring it under control. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
In Nigeria, corruption remains a way of life, especially in government and business. Tayo Odunlami
Corruption is responsible in large measure for the broken promises, the dashed hopes and the shallow dreams that have characterized the existence of the multitude of Nigerians in the last few decades. The choice before us is clear: We either go to war against corruption in all its ramifications or we shall soon be totally consumed by this hydra-headed dragon. Nigerian Roman Catholic Church Secretariat
The reason that lobbyists are so corrupt is that government is too big. Jeff Flake
You can’t have a corrupt lobbyist if you don’t have a corrupt Congressman or staff member…. It’s a team effort. Newt Gingrich
Of the top 10 companies who got contracts from the Iraq war, all of them had contributed to the Republicans and almost all had ex Pentagon admirals and generals on their staffs. Charles Lewis
There has been no war in US history where we ever knew who was getting the contracts during the war. Charles Lewis
No politician ever admits where all his money comes from. Charles Lewis
Environmental organizations have become experts at duplicitous activity, skirting laws up to the edge of illegality, and burying their political activities under the guise of non-profit environmental improvement. James Inhofe
The ability to take advantage of freedom and democracy is proportional to the size of your bank account. Lech Walesa
We have in reality, no choice but to destroy those systems of government that are corrupt in themselves and also entail the corruption of others, and to overthrow all treacherous, corrupt, oppressive and criminal regimes. This is the duty that all Muslims must fulfill, in every one of the Muslim countries, in order to achieve the triumphant political revolution of Islam. Ruhollah Khomeini
Our belief is that the continued rule is a destruction of God’s religion even if they pretend to uphold Islam. We ask God to relieve us of them all… These rulers have subjected Muslims to their interests and made religion into a way of acquiring their materialistic interests. They have brought upon the Muslims all evil and corruption. Juhaiman Saif al Otaiba
Statistically, a “normal” human being in today’s world is poor, lives in oppressive physical, social, and political conditions, and is ruled by unresponsive and corrupt government. Moises Naim
You can't use tact with a Congressman! A Congressman is a hog! You must take a stick and hit him on the snout! Henry Adams
Secular system allows homosexuality, allows corruption … Islam is our Constitution. Mahmoud Al-Zahar
Nobody is immune to corruption. The difference is in how the society responds to corruption. Are the corrupt in jail as they are in Israel and most democracies. Or are they leaders in the government as in Palestine under the PLO. Daniel Ayalon
We need reform. We need more transparency between those who lobby us and ourselves in the Congress. John Boehner
We don't like to deal with people who are trying to kill the revolution. You need to hire a Republican! Thomas D. DeLay
Patronage cements parties. Those caviling against corruption are principally moralistic muckrakers who were never closely allied to the entrepreneurial spirit Geoffrey Russell Searle
A well-placed African family man is also recognized as a strong factor in the etiology of corruption… expected to pay for the education of his poorer relations, provide feasts and to defray costs of sacrifices and funerals… Public officials in order to obtain a kickback of some ten- to twenty-percent collude with suppliers and contractors to inflate the contract costs by as much as one hundred to four hundred per cent. Adedokun A. Adeyemi
Nigeria must be one of the very few countries in the world where a man’s source of wealth is of no concern to his neighbors, the public or the government. Once a man is able to dole out money, the churches pray for him, he collects chieftancy titles and hobnobs with those who govern. The message to those who have not made it is clear: just be rich, the ways and means are irrelevant A. K. Ubeku
Police were frequently involved in arbitrary arrests and detentions, often motivated by attempts to collect bribes. Some of these problems could be attributed to the very poor working conditions of the police, including low rates of pay Human Rights Watch
Large power distances in a society mean fewer checks and balances and stronger temptation for power holders to illegally enrich themselves. Enlightened rulers can impose checks where traditional culture does not provide them Geert Hoftstede
Corruption is not, therefore, a matter of a few ‘rotten apples’ or of a venal ‘class’, even less an ‘evil’ to be eradicated by means of vigorous ‘ethical’ campaigns. On the contrary, it is a habitual part of everyday life, and expected element of every social transaction. This ought not to surprise us. As we have already emphasized, there is in Africa a marked reluctance to abide by the abstract and universalist norms of the legal-bureaucratic order that are the foundation of Western politics. Patrick Chabal; Jean-Pascal Daloz
If … corruption is a cultural problem, providing institutional frameworks to combat the problem will do little to redress it …. One cannot redress cultural ailments with a structural remedy. Nicholas A. Goodling
''Corruption is corruption -- it cannot be excused and it cannot be overlooked Rahm Emanuel
It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it. Upton Sinclair
This Senate, is a sanctuary; a citadel of law, of order, and of liberty; and it is here — it is here, in this exalted refuge; here, if anywhere, will resistance be made to the storms of political frenzy and the silent arts of corruption; and if the Constitution be destined ever to perish by the sacrilegious hands of the demagogue or the usurper, which God avert, its expiring agonies will be witnessed on this floor. Aaron Burr
The worst corruption is a corrupt religion. Reinhold Niebuhr
Government ought to be all outside and no inside for corruption thrives in secret places and it is a fair presumption that secrecy means impropriety. William E. Leuchtenburg
Among us it is only the dogs that steal. Anonymous
We meet in the midst of a nation brought to the verge of moral, political, and material ruin. Corruption dominates the ballot-box, the Legislatures, the Congress, and touches even the ermine of the bench.... The newspapers are largely subsidized [by political interests] or muzzled, public opinion silenced, business prostrated, homes covered with mortgages, labor impoverished and the land concentrating in the hands of the capitalists. The urban workmen are denied the right to organize..., imported pauperized labor beats down their wages.... The fruits of the toil of millions are boldly stolen to build up colossal fortunes for a few...; and the possessors of these, in turn, despise the Republic and endanger liberty. Anonymous
Government is like an undershirt. If you don't change it frequently, it begins to stink. Anonymous
He who thinks that anything can be accomplished with money will himself likely to do anything for money. Anonymous
The Ice Man Anonymous
The Incorruptable Anonymous
King of Honoraria Anonymous
Knaves imagine nothing can be done without knavery. Anonymous
Mischa 2 Percent Anonymous
Money doesn’t smell. Anonymous
The most potent cause of increase in crime [in New York City] has been, without doubt, due to the inefficiency and corruption of the police force, which is demonstrated by the flourishing existence of pickpockets, forgers, counterfeiters and burglars. Anonymous
No reform Mayor ever served two terms. Anonymous
Pigs get fat, but hogs get butchered. Anonymous
Rutherfraud for Rutherford Anonymous
Silent Sam Anonymous
Tammany [Hall] is the sea and reform is only a wave. Anonymous
Turn the rascals out! Anonymous
Vice often rides triumphant in Virtue's chariot. Anonymous
Vote for the Crook. It's Important. Anonymous
Although his [Ronald Reagan's] policies were highly unpopular, he was able to keep his head above the slime in which his Administration wallowed because he appeared to believe in what he was saying and doing. James G. Abourezk
The great corrupter of public man is the ego. Dean Acheson
The influence of banking mania on State legislatures could not fail to be corrupting. Henry Adams
Both parties are impossibly corrupt and the public thoroughly indifferent. Henry Adams
Every link in the chain that runs from the corporation desiring political favors down to the policeman on the beat levying his toll on the prostitute or the apple-seller is too strong to have been broken yet. James Truslow Adams
The system of building up, by corruption, political machines dominated by a boss whom the corporations believe essential to them for corrupt purposes of their own, is too deeply entrenched even yet in our national life. James Truslow Adams
In this country, politicians of desperate private fortunes always find the means of keeping themselves above water as public men. John Quincy Adams
A power in the individuals who compose legislatures, to fish up wealth from the people, by nets of their own weaving ... will corrupt legislative, executive and judicial publick servants. John Adams
The People will have unfounded Power. And the People are extremely addicted to Corruption and Venality, as well as the Great. I am not without Apprehensions from this Quarter. John Adams
Unfaithfulness in public stations is deeply criminal …. There is too much corruption even at this infant stage of our republic. Virtue is not in fashion. Vice is not infamous. John Adams
When the legislature is corrupted, the people are undone. John Adams
When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, The post of honor is a private station. Joseph Addison
The grocer, the butcher, the baker, the merchant, the landlord, the druggist, the liquor dealer, the policeman, the doctor, the city father and the politicians—these are the people who make money out of prostitution. Polly Adler
You understand that, by making these records available to you I do not acknowledge that you or any grand jury have any right to records of the Vice President. Nor do I acknowledge the propriety of any grand jury investigations of possible wrongdoing on the part of the Vice President as long as he occupies that office. These are difficult constitutional questions which need not at this moment be confronted. Spiro Agnew
People who think the might in Washington can be persuaded, or corrupted if you will, by anything less than voters just doesn’t understand what its about and never will. They don’t know what Washington juice is made of. George Allen
I have found there is no difficulty in inducing men to look after their own property. Oakes Ames
The fact that the judiciary makes foolish rulings doesn’t mean the government should intervene. Dewi Fortuna Anwar
Dear Senator: In accordance with our understanding I now beg to enclose your certificate of deposit to your favor for $15,000. Kindly acknowledge receipt and oblige. John D. Archbold
No pain equals that of an injury inflicted under the pretense of just punishment. Lupercio Leonardo de Argensola
Democracy is political corruption which must be effectively done away with. Hasan Ashmawi
The Russian spirit, wedded as it is to the idea of uniformity, cannot achieve genuine order. The nature of its government is interference, negligence and corruption. Astolphe Louis Léonor; Marquis de
For there is nothing so social by nature, [and] so unsocial by its corruption, as this race. Saint Augustine
What are kingdoms without justice but large bands of robbers? Saint Augustine
Do we want the Asiatic model—which is corrupt but works as long as you have a dictator who is active? Or do we want the democratic market model—which works, but only with transparency or reliability. Pyotr Aven
The chief bandit is the head of the state himself. George Ayittey
In 1985 five Senators had received contributions from Lincoln Savings and Loan, and had interceded on the bank's behalf with federal regulators. The same request was made of the governor who refused. You don't intervene in the regulatory process. It's law enforcement. It's like a parent ... calling the police chief to say, "Don't touch my kid." It's wrong. [The Senators' efforts delayed the closure of the bank, costing the taxpayers billions of dollars. Bruce Babbitt
The ways to enrich are many, and most of them foul. Francis Bacon
The vices of authority are chiefly four: delays, corruption, roughness and facility [weakness]. Francis Bacon
A kingdom led by a royal family that can’t get out of the way of its own greed. Robert Baer
I had never believed that I would go to jail. Bobby Baker
You don't think we should do things for them people for nothin?' ... You don't think they expect to get it for nothin', do you? What's fair is fair, you know. Mathias Patty Bauler
Farmers who are legislators are the easiest to buy and seduce. Henry Ward Beecher
Take all the robes of all the good judges that have ever lived on the face of the earth, and they would not be large enough to cover the iniquity of one corrupt judge. Henry Ward Beecher
Among the several cloudy appellatives which have been commonly employed as cloaks for misgovernment, there is none more conspicuous ... than the word, 'order.' Jeremy Bentham
The first sign of corruption in a society ... is that the ends justify the means. Georges Bernanos
Since the origin of the world there has never been a king—even if you were to select the very best—who did not in some measure abuse his authority… Theodore Beza
Here lies the body of the Republican party — Corrupt, and generally speaking, hearty. Ambrose Bierce
If fifty dollars will purchase the vote of one Supervisor, the votes of how many supervisors will three hundred and fifty dollars purchase? Ambrose Bierce
We have the highest possible regard for Mr. Freelon, the Assistant District Attorney, but if we had caused as many murder cases to be dismissed in one week as he has, we should expect somebody to affirm that we were bribed. That nobody has made that charge against Mr. Freelon is extremely creditable to our community, and very fortunate for Mr. Freelon. If it were once made somebody would be sure to believe it, and would swear that it was the only intelligible explanation of his conduct. Let us give thanks that Mr. Freelon is above suspicion, and let Mr. Freelon feel grateful that we are above suspecting him. Ambrose Bierce
If you do not know how to lie, cheat and steal, turn your attention to politics and learn. Josh Billings
My chief constructive work was devoted to securing a system by which I could compel the body of men under me—against its old custom and obvious self-interest—really to enforce the law. Theodore A. Bingham
[Lobbying] has reached such a position of power that it threatens the government itself. Its size, its power, its capacity for evil; its greed, trickery, deception and fraud condemn it to the death it deserves. Hugo Black
When Joe Kennedy had his stroke, all our plans went out the window. Bill Bonanno
The pope is very generous with his indulgences Against Italians, to Charles and the French, But he makes great profits out of us, For he pardons for money people who have taken our cross; And if anyone wishes to swap the Holy Land For the war in Italy Our legate allows them to do so For he sells God and indulgences for cash. Ricaut Bonomel
Of course, in my country most political leaders are really, well, I suppose I think of them as being, well, not gangsters but more or less the same kind of thing, no? I mean—people who go in for getting elected. What can you expect of a man like that? Jorge Luis Borges
The reality of going before the voters and seeking election should force Congressmen to behave. Stanley Brand
Other People’s Money and How the Bankers Use It Louis D. Brandeis
Corruption, Racisim, Brutality. You cannot break the law to enforce the law under any circumstances. William J. Bratton
American police departments, by and large, are less corrupt than any other police departments in the world. William J. Bratton
No, but it can be rented. John Breaux
Government isn't a religion. It shouldn't be treated as such. It's not God; it's humans, fallible people, feathering their nests most of the time. Edmund G. Brown Jr.
The establishment of Washington is utterly corrupt and is incapable of governing. Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Any politician that can’t take people’s money and then turn around and screw them, doesn’t belong in the business. Willie Brown
The government of the cities is the one conspicuous failure of the United States. James Bryce
The squandering of the public money sinks into comparative insignificance as a temptation to corruption when compared with the squandering of the public lands. James Buchanan
Next in importance to the maintenance of the Constitution and the Union is the duty of preserving the Government free from the taint or even the suspicion of corruption. James Buchanan
The country is being flooded with illegal liquor and that either Congress will need to modify the law or spend incalculable sums to enforce it [Prohibition]. Emory R. Buckner
Money in politics leads to bad things—and I am bipartisan in that view. Warren Buffett
All power will infallibly draw wealth to itself by some means or other. Edmund Burke
Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot last long. Edmund Burke
We shouldn’t be lending money to corrupt officials. We should be guarded in our generosity. George W. Bush
The foundations of morality are like all other foundations: If you dig too much about them, the superstructure will come tumbling down. Samuel Butler
The man who cannot laugh is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils, but his whole life is already a treason and a stratagem. Thomas Carlyle
I don't know of anything illegal or even unethical that Bert Lance has ever done. Jimmy Carter
The traitorous locusts of Rome, by name the Jesuit and Franciscan friars, if not all the friars …Banishment is of necessity to be speedy, and would not be unacceptable to all the moderate papists of the kingdom, who are weary to be robbed, insulted over, and daily endangered by them and their practices … Henry Cary; Viscount Falkland
…In certain parts of Latin America, the seizure of the vast majority of the wealth by an oligarchy of owners bereft of social consciousness, the practical absence or the shortcomings of a rule of law, military dictators making a mockery of elementary human rights, the corruption of certain powerful officials, the savage practices of some foreign capital interests constitute factors which nourish a passion for revolt among those who thus consider themselves the powerless victims of a new colonialism in the technological, financial, monetary, or economic order. Catholic Church
Secrecy is the badge of fraud. John White Chadwick
All things obey money. Geoffrey Chaucer
The World's Richest Cop. Chicago Tribune
I am unbossed and unbought. Shirley Chisholm
The administration of government, like a guardianship ought to be directed to the good of those who confer, not to those who receive the trust. Marcus Tullius Cicero
There is no fortification so strong that money cannot take it. Marcus Tullius Cicero
When you've got a guy who's in position to influence who gets what, the potential is always there for corruption. Joe Clark
The vices of kings cannot remain hidden, for the splendor of their lofty station permits naught to be concealed. Claudian
The arts of power and its minions are the same in all countries and in all ages. It marks its victim, denounces it, and excites the public odium and the public hatred, to conceal its own abuses and encroachments. Henry Clay
Our citizens have the right to protection from the incompetency of public employees who hold their places solely as the reward of partisan service, and from the corrupting influence of those who promise and the vicious methods of those who expect such rewards; and those who worthily seek public employment have the right to insist that merit and competency shall be recognized instead of party subserviency or the surrender of honest political belief. Grover Cleveland
There are seats in the Senate for sale. Thad Cochran
I have been around long enough to know that when large amounts of money are donated to politicians, something besides good government is expected in return. Richard Cohen
You will see and deal with so much dirt that you will assume everyone is guilty. Sheldon S. Cohen
I don't care what the law is, tell me who the judge is. Roy M. Cohn
Corruption is like a ball of snow; when once set a rolling, it must increase. Charles Caleb Colton
It was mother's day. A lot of policemen were at home with their mothers. Eugene 'Bull' Connor
[Referring to the Senate:] ... a bunch of fat cats up there raking in the bucks. Silvio O. Conte
Powerlessness also corrupts. Ernesto Cortes Jr.
The trouble with this wide-open pornography ... is not that it corrupts but that it desensitizes; not that it unleashes the passions but that it cripples the emotions; not that it encourages a mature attitude but that it is a reversion to infantile obsessions; not that it removes the blinders but that it distorts the view. Progress is proclaimed but love is denied. What we have is not liberation but dehumanization. Norman Cousins
Business does not go where there is corruption and the rule of law does not apply. Chester A. Crocker
All the time; same as you. Richard Croker
There’s a mayor and a council and judges—a hundred men to deal with … and you can’t do business with a lot of officials, who check and cross one another and who come and go …. A business man wants to do business with one man. Richard Croker
What we affirm is that the theory which regards places in the public service as prizes to be distributed after an election, like plunder after a battle, the theory which perverts public trusts into party spoils, making public employment dependent on favor and not on proved merit, necessarily ruins the self-respect of public employees, destroys the function of party in a republic, prostitutes elections into a desperate strife for personal profit, and degrades the national character by lowering the moral tone and standard of the country. George William Curtis
Indictments don't mean anything; men are entitled to be innocent until they are proved guilty. Richard Joseph Daley
Can you make me some money? Alphonse D'Amato
I helped my cousin get a HUD house. Well, if you didn’t help your cousin, who would you help? Alphonse D'Amato
Abuse is getting people preferential treatment when they're not entitled to it. Getting them something they're entitled to, fighting for it, that's me, all the way. Alphonse D'Amato
Turn the rascals out. Charles Anderson Dana
Some governments are corrupt but are known for their competency in running the city. Others are incompetent but are considered "clean." [Washington] DC's government is scandalously corrupt and hopelessly incompetent. John C. Danforth
Politicians can be bought and often are. Mitch Daniels
There's no way you can depend on the Attorney General of the United States to investigate high government officials. Samuel Dash
We have a cancer within, close to the Presidency, that is growing. It is growing daily. John Dean
A liberal is a conservative who's been indicted. Alan Dershowitz
I never will ascribe to this government [Liberal Party] such wrongdoing as mere stupidity will explain. John G. Diefenbaker
Oppositions clean and purify those in office and we in the opposition are in fact the detergents of democracy. John G. Diefenbaker
If this loan becomes public information it could be the end of your political career. Noah Dietrich
Debt is a prolific mother of folly and of crime. Benjamin Disraeli
They [special prosecutors] have an unending license to do somebody in. Bob Dole
Clinton talks reform, but it's business as usual in Washington with different pigs at the trough. Sam Donaldson
All voting systems are capable of being corrupted. most of them have been or will be ... simply because voting is the way we determine who gets power in this great country. Craig Donsanto
The law does not content itself with classifying and punishing crime. It invents crime. Norman Douglas
When corruption enters, the election is no longer free, the choice of the people is affected. William O. Douglas
Much of the money raised in politics does not come free of charge. Elizabeth Drew
They who possess the prince possess the laws. John Dryden
I don’t have any skeletons in my closet. They’re all out front. Edwin W. Edwards
And I think after the history of this first term is written and you look back, you're going to see that compared to other administrations or by any other standard you'd want to apply, that it has been an extraordinarily clean, corruption-free administration because the President [Nixon] insists on that. John D. Ehrlichman
Of course the law's up for grabs. That's why you win elections and appoint judges. Stuart Eizenstat
With the sinking of high human trust, the dignity of life sinks too. George Eliot; Mary Ann Cross
A … trial in Cambodia cannot be completely impartial, because there is too much corruption. Ang Eng Thong
A friend in court is better than money in your purse. English Proverb or Saying
Gifts can incline great hearts. English Proverb or Saying
He that does evil hates the light. English Proverb or Saying
Here lies Hincmar the thief. But his savage greed aside, he did one truly noble thing. He died. John Scotus Erigena; John Scotus
I've been very successful in business and I owe it all to politics. Meade Esposito
As much as Americans like to talk about local control, so many state and local governments are still so corrupt and uninspired. Harold Evans
Do not take bribes, for they blind the clear-eyed and upset the pleas of the just. Book of Exodus
Little sins are great when great men commit them. Abraham ibn Ezra
I knew I could get a better price without calling for bids Albert B. Fall
Like a foul fistula, overloaded with pus, this corruption exploded in the presentation of the Bollingen-Library of Congress award to the fascist poet, Ezra Pound. Howard Fast
I trust them …. You very seldom have any corruption problems with women in Mexico We are trying to regain the confidence of the people, and I think it will be easier for women to get closer to the people. Alejandro Gertz Manero
Aid corrupts. Newt Gingrich
Congressmen are not bribed anymore. They simply have a lot of friends who are willing to help them out whenever they find it necessary. Newt Gingrich
I don't think that anybody is worse than a public official who sells his office and corrupts others. Rudolph W. Giuliani
On 106 occasions, bribes were offered or discussed. On 105 of those occasions, the public official involved accepted the bribe. And on the other occasion, he turned it down because he didn't think the amount was large enough. Rudolph W. Giuliani
The Reagan people want four more years, but the way they're going some of them will get ten to twenty. John Glenn
There is no hope even that woman, with her right to vote, will purify politics. Emma Goldman
There's never been a good government. Emma Goldman
The savings and loan scandals grew in the dark basements of official government secrecy. Henry B. Gonzalez
Who takes the blame: the leader who talks of poverty but lives in luxury, or the poor who choose a leader of that type? Gora; Shri Goparaju Ramachandra
I needed the good will of the legislatures of four states. I formed the legislative bodies with my own money. I found it was cheaper that way. Jay Gould
The Mexican government has been corrupt for 140 years. Fred Grandy
No personal consideration should stand in the way of performing a public duty. Ulysses S. Grant
Most members of Congress were simply on the take from the savings and loan industry. Edwin J. Gray
The fish rots from the head. Greek Proverb
Democracy requires a strong civil service—government employees who are sufficiently protected from random political influences to carry out the law in a disinterested fashion. William Greider
I believe it [the Republican Party] is today the most corrupt and debauched political party that ever existed. James W. Grimes
It is money that achieves success ... nowadays. Thank God, my political career ended with the beginning of this corrupt political era. James W. Grimes
For those of you living in the past, let me tell you we will not tolerate breaking the law. Vincente Fox
Honest mediocrity is the most suitable condition for states; riches lead to softness and corruption. Frederick II
One only needs a big enough bribe to give in like a lamb. Nicholas Freeling
If you want to ... make money in the private sector, you should stay out of the political arena. If you want to go into the political arena, then you should stay out of doing business with the government. Stanley M. Friedman
Elections alone will never be enough to ensure good governance. Thomas Friedman
He that buyeth Magistracy, must sell justice. Thomas Fuller
He that resolves to deal with none but honest men, must leave off dealing. Thomas Fuller
Be you never so high the law is above you. Thomas Fuller
I cannot consent to act the part of a mere financier, to become a contriver of taxes, a dealer of loans, a seeker of resources for the purposes of supporting useless baubles, of increasing the number of idle and dissipated members of the community, of fattening contractors, pursers, and agents, and of introducing … patronage, corruption, and rottenness which you so justly execrate. Albert Gallatin
It is very important to know the law, but it is more important to know the judge Julius Gantman
It's hard to make corruption a partisan issue because voters are cynical about everybody in politics. Geoffrey Garin
State and local government are more corrupt and less efficient than the federal government. Leslie H. Gelb
I wanted to apply anti-corruption laws fairly, and this made me a lot of enemies .... You can't get anything done without giving bribes. Without bribes, nobody will help me solve your problems. Gheorghe Florica
The idea of privatization is nutty .... What do you think has been the predominant system here for the past century. How do they think we got into this mess to begin with. There is nothing more inefficient and corrupt in Honduras than private enterprise. Gautama Fonseca
The employment had no reference whatever to anything pending in Congress. Joseph Bensen Foraker
Good men and women come to Washington and get caught in a culture of corruption. Steve Forbes
Bring back that better era of the republic in which, when men consecrated themselves to the public service, they utterly abnegated all selfish purposes. Abram Stevens Hewitt
The Jew uses every means to undermine the racial foundations of a subjugated people. In his systematic efforts to ruin girls and women he strives to break down the last barriers of discrimination between himself and other peoples. The Jews were responsible for bringing Negroes into the Rhineland with the ultimate idea of bastardizing the whole white race. Adolf Hitler
[Milwaukee in 1912] was in the grasp of the sinister and slimy hand of special interests, dive-keepers, crooked contractors, petty racketeers, and political bosses. The city was then as graft-ridden as any other. Daniel Webster Hoan
The teamsters union is as free of corruption as any great institution. James P. Hoffa
Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power. Eric Hoffer
It is probably true that business corrupts everything it touches. It corrupts politics, sports, literature, art, labor unions and so on. But business also corrupts and undermines monolithic totalitarianism. Capitalism is at its liberating best in a non-capitalistic environment. Eric Hoffer
Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many. Eric Hoffer
If public officers will infringe men's rights, they ought to pay greater damages than other men, to deter and hinder other officers from the like offences. John Holt
If we do not effectively carry out the struggle against corruption, it will spread like pestilence, and the Communist Party will destroy itself. Hubei Daily News
The administration of government has become more complex. The opportunities for malfeasance and corruption have multiplied. Charles Evans Hughes
I can buy any man in the world. Howard Hughes
It is not helpful to help a friend by putting coins in his pocket when he has holes in his pockets. Douglas Hurd
We have even made businessmen return money that they have looted from the Exchequer in the past. Mushastaid Hussain
The next time you or one of your fellows plans to mention civilian casualties in North Vietnam, I want you both to come down and have a drink with me before you go to testify on The Hill. Lyndon B. Johnson
We must rid the country of corruption, cronyism and nepotism. Anwar Ibrahim
The purification of politics is an iridescent dream. Government is force.... The Decalogue and the Golden Rule have no place in a political campaign. The commander who lost the battle through the activity of his moral nature would be the derision and jest of history. John James Ingalls
In all ages hypocrites, called priests, have put crowns on the heads of thieves, called kings. Robert G. Ingersoll
The rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes. Andrew Jackson
It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes. Andrew Jackson
Was there ever such a bare-faced corruption in any country before? Andrew Jackson
Friendship is the most corrupting influence in politics. Ida Jaffe
To expect integrity or honesty in a politician is like trying to buy fish at a produce market. Japanese Proverb
I sincerely wish we could see our government so secured as to depend less on the character of the person in whose hands it is trusted. Bad men will sometimes get in and with such an immense patronage may make great progress in corrupting the public mind and principles. Thomas Jefferson
It is the steady abuse of power in other governments which renders that of opposition always the popular party. Thomas Jefferson
My observations do not enable me to say I think integrity the characteristic of wealth ... The decisions of the people in a body, will be more honest and more disinterested than those of wealthy men. Thomas Jefferson
Stop the few from rioting on the labors of the many. Thomas Jefferson
Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on them [public offices], a rottenness begins in his conduct. Thomas Jefferson
The fight against corruption is a grave political struggle vital to the very existence of the party and the state. Jiang Zemin
Corruption is the virus that has eroded the healthy body of the party and the state. If we lower our guard and let it run wild, our party will be ruined, the people's power will be lost, and the great cause of social modernization will be forced off track. Jiang Zemin
Doing consulting and government relations on the hill took up a lot less time than running a record store and brought in a lot more money Josh Hastert
When a gas and oil bill comes in here, everybody says it's crooked, for the same reason they think a girl on the street after midnight is probably up to something. But for me, I don't accuse a girl until I see her doing more than walking. Lyndon B. Johnson
I believe in municipal ownership of all public service monopolies for the same reason that I believe in the municipal ownership of waterworks, of parks, of schools. I believe in the municipal ownership of these monopolies because if you do not own them, they will own you. They will rule your politics, corrupt your institutions, and finally destroy your liberties. Tom L. Johnson
There are some acts of justice which corrupt those who perform them. Joseph Joubert
I have never seen such lobbying before as we have had in the last few weeks and such crookedness and complicity among members [of congress]. George Washington Julian
Who is to guard the guards themselves? Quis custodiet ipsos Custodes? Decimus Junius Juvenal
I have sat at the sumptuous table of power, but I have not run away with the silverware. Diosdado Macapagal
In politics, as in religion, there are devotees who show their reverence for a departed saint by converting his tomb into a sanctuary for crime. Thomas Babington Macaulay
Immediate. Private. I must have another ten thousand. Will be the last time of calling. Do not fail me. Answer today. John A. MacDonald
If the chief party ... be corrupt, you must follow their humor and indulge them, and in that case honesty and virtue are pernicious. Niccolo Machiavelli
The judges must be many, for, if few, they will always follow the behests of the few. Niccolo Machiavelli
An obvious precaution against the corruption of power is to divide the government. James Madison
Ecclesiastical establishments tend to great ignorance and corruption, all of which facilitate the execution of mischievous projects. James Madison
If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls would be necessary. James Madison
Power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will be ever liable to abuse. James Madison
Some degree of abuse is inseparable from the proper use of everything. James Madison
The United States owe it to the world as well as to themselves to let the example of one government at least protect against the corruption which prevails. James Madison
Mexico needs a new culture of legality. Jorge Madrazo Cuellar
This is an unfair world. Many of us have struggled hard and even shed blood in order to be independent. When borders are down and the world becomes a single entity, independence can become meaningless. Mohamad Mahathir
The problem with having an all-encompassing privacy law … is the protection it gives to those who don’t merit protection. [Corrupt officials] Peter Mandelson
I knew I took a risk, to confront people who were engaged in corrupt activities. Leslie Manigat
The spirit of the times may alter, will alter. Our rulers will become corrupt, our people careless. A single zealot may commence persecutor, and better men be his victims. It can never be too often repeated that the time for fixing every essential right on a legal basis is while our rulers are honest and ourselves united. Thomas Jefferson
What institution is insusceptible of abuse in wicked hands? Thomas Jefferson
In every government on earth is some trace of human weakness, some germ of corruption and degeneracy, which cunning will discover, and wickedness insensibly open, cultivate and improve. Thomas Jefferson
A person who steals a chicken might go to jail … but a person who steals millions is welcome to be a member of the Federation Council or the Duma. Argumenty I Fakty
The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Thomas Jefferson
It matters not one iota what political party is in power or what President holds the rein of office. We are not politicians, or public thinkers; we are the rich; we own America; we got it, God knows how, but we intend to keep it if we can by throwing all our tremendous weight of our support, our influence, our money, our political connections, our purchased Senators, our hungry Congressmen, and our public-speaking demagogues, into the scale against any legislation, any political platform, any Presidential campaign that threatens the integrity of our estate. Frederick T. Martin
The great crime of the politicians is not just the corrosion of their own morality but the corruption they've caused to the American spirit. Jackie Mason
What has a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Book of Matthew
[On congressional reform:] If you purify the pond, the water lilies die. Eugene McCarthy
Women have cleaned up things since time began, and if women get into politics there will be a cleanup. Nellie L. McClung
This don't go here. [A major riot ensued.] John Y. McKane
Corruption is a punitive tax on those who can least afford it. Mack McLarty
There is always some basic principle that will ultimately get the Republican party together. If my observations are worth anything, that basic principle is the cohesive power of public plunder. Anselm Joseph McLaurin
Our system of checks and balances .... The people keep the politicians from stealing too much, and the politicians keep the people from getting too crazy. H. L. Mencken
I am going to leave this car as property of the nation. But meanwhile I shall use it myself. Carlos Menem
Twenty years ago, outside income was a means of keeping the Congress a citizen legislature. Today, outside income is a corrupting influence. Robert H. Michel
Political checks will no more act of themselves than a bridle will direct a horse without a rider. If the checking functionaries are as corrupt or as negligent as those whom they ought to check, and if the public, the mainspring of the whole checking machinery, are too ignorant, too passive, or too careless and inattentive, to do their part, little benefit will be derived from the best administrative apparatus. Yet a good apparatus is always preferable to a bad. John Stuart Mill
A public fund is collected by no fewer than two [persons], and disbursed by no fewer than three. Mishnah
This system stinks and every senator who participates in it knows it stinks. And the American people are right when they mistrust this system, when what matters most in seeking public office is not integrity, not ability, not judgment, not reason, not responsibility, not experience, not intelligence, but money …. Money dominates the system. Money infuses the system. Money is the system. George J. Mitchell
Find the corrupt officials and then prosecute them and send them to prison! John N. Mitchell
For every corporation convicted of bribery there are thousands of more who have had their bribes made legal by the campaign finance law. Russell Mockamber
The corruption of every government begins nearly always with that of principles. Charles de Montesquieu
One usually obtains [diplomatic] influence through the press, and that costs money ... or through the purchase of prominent ... parliamentarians, for which one also needs a great deal of cash. Anton Monts
I bought two baseballs and two bats for each playground in the city, and they say I ought to be sent to jail for giving the kids a ball to play with. [He won his election.] A. Harry Moore
To place and power all public spirit tends, In place and power all public spirit ends; Like hardy plants, that love the air and sky, When out, 'twill thrive—but taken in, 'twill die! Thomas Moore
The time is coming when all businesses will have to be done with glass pockets. J. Pierpont Morgan
Opposition will act as an outward conscience and prevent the abuse of power. Gouverneur Morris
For magistrates often changed, like hungry flies suck more blood, and as the devil rageth more because his time is short, so these magistrates, fearing soon to be recalled, are not so much bent to reform the commonwealth the fruit whereof should be reaped by the successor, as they are vigilant to enrich themselves and their followers. Fynes Morrison
What draws the press is conflict, corruption and scandal. Bill Moyers
[Defining an honest politician:] ... a bastard who will stay bought. Sydney E. Mudd
As long as government exists, corruption will exist. It is an illness of government and can only be cured by the people. Do Muoi
Greece is in the grip of politicians who are amazing unwilling to serve anyone but themselves … Greece is importantly strategically, so the United States is supplying funds to the Greek government, in order to prevent its collapse tomorrow. Edward R. Murrow
[Describing Prohibition:] Politicians are ducking, candidates are hedging, the Anti-Saloon League is prospering, people are being poisoned, bootleggers are being enriched, and Government officials are being corrupted. Fiorello H. La Guardia
If the great servants of the public forget their duty, betray their trust and sell their country, or make war against the most valuable rights and privileges of the people; reason and justice require that they should be discarded, and others appointed in their room, without any regard to formal resignations of their forfeited power. Samuel Langdon
The decision makers at HUD appear to have carried the reduction of paperwork to the extreme. There are practically no records. Tom Lantos
The Court is corrupt: The fields are overgrown with weeds; the granaries are empty. Yet there are those dressed in fineries, With swords at their sides: Filled with food and drink, Possessed of too much wealth. This is called "Taking the lead in robbery. Lao Tzu
History shows that more democracy is not a magic pill that will make institutionalized corruption will go away. Tomas Larsson
States riddled with corruption are in no position to channel state spending to socially productive uses in an efficient manner. Tomas Larsson
For every amount the state collected [in taxes], the mandarin collectors took twice as much for themselves. Le Quy Don
For Louisiana politicians, bribery is an occupational hazard. When I took the oath of office I didn't take an oath of poverty. Richard Leche
We're here to put an end to the policy of official impunity. Ignacio Morales Lechuga
… the most corrupt of all corrupt men. Arthur Lee
Generosity is a part of my character, and I therefore hasten to assure this Government that I will never make an allegation of dishonesty against it wherever a simple explanation of stupidity will suffice. Leslie Lever
That is the key to history. Terrific energy is expended ... civilizations are built up ... excellent institutions devised; but each time something goes wrong. Some fatal flaw always brings the selfish and cruel people to the top, and then it all slides back into misery and ruin. Clive Staples Lewis
The railroad men did not hesitate to dominate government where they could. Ernest I. Lewis
While the people retain their virtue and vigilance, no administration, by any extreme of wickedness or folly, can very seriously injure the government in the short space of four years. Abraham Lincoln
Power tends to corrupt if you're there too long. John Lindsay
The Extermination of Regime Criminals Act Martin Lindstedt
A thug in a Congressman's suit. Edward J. M. Little
It did not take me long to discover that Al Capone ran the city. His hand reached into every department of the city and county government. Frank J Loesch
When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. John F. Kennedy
[American military and diplomatic] aid and protection is apt to be given to any American interest that is financially powerful enough ... no matter whether it be a legitimate interest or, as has so often been the case, a claim for spoils resulting from a fraudulent concession or monopoly worked through by the aid of corrupt and heavily bribed [local] officials. William Kimball
The world will go on much as it did before; and be always quite bad enough to allow bribery and corruption, jobbery and nepotism, quackery and arrogance, their full influence over our home and foreign policy. Charles Kingsley
As it was in the beginning, Is today official sinning, And shall be forever more. Rudyard Kipling
He has never been more than two steps ahead of the law. Arthur J. Kropp
In general it can be said that any political or other social system that relies on secrecy does not work efficiently. Barbara Krug
In common council and unanimously, we have also sworn, determined and designated to each other that we will neither accept nor recognize any judge in the aforementioned valleys who had bought that office at some price or for money, nor any who is not our inhabitant and one of our people. Anonymous
Whistleblowers are moral narcissists who dread living with the corrupted self more than being shunned by others. C. Fred Alford
I rise to perform a painful but, nevertheless, to me, an imperative duty; a duty which I think ought not longer to be postponed, and which cannot, without criminality on our part, be neglected.… I charge Andrew Johnson, Vice President and acting President of the United States, with the commission of acts which in contemplation of the Constitution, are high crimes and misdemeanors, for which, in my judgment, he ought to be impeached … I do impeach Andrew Johnson, Vice President and acting President of the United States, of high crimes and misdemeanors: I charge him with a usurpation of power and violation of law: In that he has corruptly used the appointing power; In that he has corruptly used the pardoning power; In that he has corruptly used the veto power; In that he has corruptly disposed of public property of the United States; In that he has corruptly interfered in elections… John N. Mitchell Ashley
For haveing upon specious pretences of publiqe works raised greate unjust taxes upon the Comonality for the advancement of private favorites and other sinister ends, but noe visible effects in any measure adequate, For not haveing dureing this long time of his Gouvernement in any measure advanced this hopefull Colony either by fortificacons Townes or Trade For haveing abused and rendred contemptable the Magistrates of Justice, by advanceing to places of Judicature, scandalous and Ignorant favorites For haveing when the Army of English, was just upon the track of those Indians, who now in all places burne, spoyle, murther and when we might with ease have distroyed them: who then were in open hostillity, for then haveing expressly countermanded, and sent back our Army, by passing his word for the peaceable demeanor of the said Indians, who immediately prosecuted theire evill intentions, comitting horred murthers and robberies in all places, being protected by the said ingagement and word past of him the said Sir William Berkeley [Governor of Virginia] Nathaniel Bacon
The rule of several bad men does not last long, and easily decays to the rule of a single tyrant. Bartolo of Sassoferrato
That our judges, counts, or envoys shall not have a right to extort payment of the remitted fine, on their own behalf… Charlemagne
That our judges, counts, or envoys shall not have a right to extort payment of the remitted fine, on their own behalf, from those destitute persons to whom the emperor has, in his mercy, forgiven what they ought to pay by reason of his balm Charlemagne
Government posts are for sale, preventing some poor people with abilities from serving in those positions. Chinese Proverb
Morality of society has deteriorated so much due to the government's bad policy of selling office positions Chinese Proverb
People would rather live in undeveloped places in the tropical south than have to live under the jurisdiction of four greedy and corrupted princes. Chinese Proverb
I never thought a time would come when the behavior of my friends would compel me to esteem and desire the society of my enemies, and wish that I had been defeated rather than victorious; for I believed myself to be associated with those who would set some bounds to their avarice, and who, after having avenged themselves on their enemies, and lived in their country with security and honor, would be satisfied. But now I find myself greatly deceived, unacquainted with the ambition of mankind, and least of all with yours; for, not satisfied with being masters of so great a city, and possessing among yourselves those honors, dignities, and emoluments which used to be divided among many citizens; not contented with having shared among a few the property of your enemies, or with being able to oppress all others with public burdens, while you yourselves are exempt from them, and enjoy all the public offices of profit you must still further load everyone with ill usage. You plunder your neighbors of their wealth; you sell justice; you evade the law; you oppress the timid and exalt the insolent. Nor is there, throughout all Italy, so many and such shocking examples of violence and avarice as in this city. Has our country fostered us only to be her destroyer? Have we been victorious only to effect her ruin? Has she honored us that we may overwhelm her with disgrace? Piero de' Medici
People who will not turn a shovel full of dirt on the project [Muscle Shoals Dam] nor contribute a pound of material, will collect more money from the United States than will the People who supply all the material and do all the work. Thomas A. Edison
Parliament should be broken up, and the Speaker plucked out of his chair. George Fox
In all the world there is not, perhaps, now concentrated in any single spot so much swindling and villainy, so much foul disease, such a hideous dung-heap of moral and physical abomination as in the scene of this far-famed undertaking of nineteenth-century engineering James Anthony Froude
Weyler the brute, the devastator of haciendas, the destroyer of families, and the outrage of women. William Randolph Hearst
Power and privilege constantly corrupt the soul. I have to remind myself of this every day. H. E. Lyonpo Jigme Y. Ihinley
The corruption of the people has its chief source in the clergy. From this arise the evils of Christendom: faith perishes, religion is defaced, liberty is restricted, justice is trodden under foot, the heretics multiply, the schismatics are emboldened, the faithless grow strong, the Saracens are victorious. Innocent III
[I am rescuing] the Philosophy of Jesus and the pure principles which he taught, from the artificial vestments in which they have been muffled by priests, who have travestied them into various forms as instruments of riches and power for themselves. Thomas Jefferson
There were also very great robberies and murder of our principal men. This was done in pretense indeed for the public welfare, but in reality for the hopes of gain to themselves Josephus
A contract to bribe or corruptly influence officers of a foreign government will not be enforced in the courts of this country James Kent
The Church of Rome, formerly the most holy of all churches, has become the most lawless den of thieves, the most shameless of all brothels, the very kingdom of sin, death, and hell; so that not even Antichrist, if he were to come, could devise any addition to its wickedness. the Church of Rome, formerly the most holy of all churches, has become the most lawless den of thieves, the most shameless of all brothels, the very kingdom of sin, death, and hell; so that not even Antichrist, if he were to come, could devise any addition to its wickedness. Martin Luther
The Romanists have, with great adroitness, drawn three walls round themselves, with which they have hitherto protected themselves, so that no one could reform them, whereby all Christendom has fallen terribly. Firstly, if pressed by the temporal power, they have affirmed and maintained that the temporal power has no jurisdiction over them, but, on the contrary, that the spiritual power is above the temporal. Secondly, if it were proposed to admonish them with the Scriptures, they objected that no one may interpret the Scriptures but the Pope. Thirdly, if they are threatened with a council, they pretend that no one may call a council but the Pope. Martin Luther
The parliamentary regime leaves everything to the decision of majorities,--how can the large majorities beyond parliament be expected not to wish to decide? If, from above, they hear the fiddle screeching, what else is to be expected than that those below should dance? Karl Marx
Evil communication, wicked, profane, impure, filthy and obscene songs, composures, writings or print corrupt the mind and are all incentive to all manner of impurities and debaucheries. Massachusetts
The Chiefs are generally the poorest among them, for instead of their receiving from the common People as among Christians, they are obliged to give to them; especially when any one is killed in War, they give great Presents to the next of Kin to the deceased John Megapolensis
There are many hundreds of adult persons who have not been and do not even wish to be baptized. There are many who think nothing of the sacraments and the Holy Bible, nor even of God and his word. Many do not even believe that there is a true God and devil, a heaven and a hell, salvation and damnation, a resurrection of the dead, a judgment and an eternal life; they believe that all one can see is natural. For in Pennsylvania every one may not only believe what he will, but he may even say it freely and openly …Consequently, when young persons, not yet grounded in religion, come to serve for many years with such free-thinkers and infidels, and are not sent to any church or school by such people, especially when they live far from any school or church. Thus it happens that such innocent souls come to no true divine recognition, and grow up like heathens and Indians Gottlieb Mittelberger
Although Drunkenness be justly termed a vice which the Salvages are ignorant of, yet the benefit is very great that comes to the planters by the sale of strong liquor to the Salvages, who are much taken with the delight of it; for they will pawn their wits, to purchase the acquaintance of it. Thomas Morton
Take not as advisors, consultants, protectors, helpers, friends, etc. those outside your religion (pagans, Jews, Christians, and hypocrites) since they will not fail to do their best to corrupt you. Muhammad
Never will there be grief enough over the corruption of morals so extensively increasing and promoted by irreligious and obscene writings, theatrical spectacles and meretricious houses established almost everywhere; by other depraved arts and monstrous portents of every error disseminated in all directions; by the abominable impurities of all vices and crimes growing constantly and the deadly virus of unbelief and indifferentism spread far and wide; by contempt for ecclesiastical authority Pius IX; Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti
No one has developed a magic formula for how to make countries grow, though economic researchers have identified a number of poisons. Corruption, overweening government intervention, and mountains of debt are contraindicated for countries attempting to develop. Kenneth Rogoff
As soon as these people (the ceremonialists) had set themselves up in the temple of God to rule in the place of Christ, they began to grow in pride, greed, and arrogance, to decrease in spirituality, to distribute grace and indulgences, to assume to themselves all the power and authority of God, to forgive sins, and to loose and bind as if they themselves were the Holy Spirit. In this way they have fallen away from Christ and from all spiritual discernment; in this way also, they have burdened the whole of Christianity with the heavy yoke of servitude and have led many souls into a maze of utter confusion, which is even to this day a pitiful sight to behold. Caspar Schwenckfeld von Ossig
You learn to look the other way. If you go after all the corruption, you end up blowing up your own administration. Richard Shenkman
The government is so brave that it dares to arrest, capture and punish Muslim leaders and activists. But officials do not have the courage to capture those engaged in corruption or the gambling mafia, who, destroy the country's moral structure Habib Mohammed Rizieq Shihab
Theodore Roosevelt ... had become uneasy at the effect on the public of the periodical press's increasing criticisms and investigations of business and political abuses Ida Tarbell
We hear with sorrow, by the report of the Provincial judges, that you the Fathers of the State, who ought to set an example to your sons (the ordinary citizens), have been so remiss in the payment of taxes that on this first collection nothing, or next to nothing, has been brought in from any Senatorial house. Thus a crushing weight has fallen on the lower orders, who have had to make good your deficiencies and have been distraught by the violence of the tax gatherers …. Now then, oh Conscript Fathers, who owe as much duty to the Republic as we do, pay the taxes for which each of you is liable. Theodoric; Cassiodorus
Institute a strict audit (of which no one need be ashamed) of the money given by us to the different workmen for the beautification of the City. See that we are receiving money's worth for the money spent. If there is embezzlement anywhere, cause the funds so embezzled to be disgorged. We expect the Romans to help from their own resources in this patriotic work, and certainly not to intercept our contributions for the purpose. Theodoric
RESOLVED, That this town join with other parishes of this province in obtaining from Rome an excommunication against the insects, and that it will contribute pro rata to the expenses of the same France Thonon
I command that all foreigners, men, women, and children, be summarily executed. Let not one escape, so that my empire may be purged of this noisome source of corruption, and that peace may be restored to my loyal subjects. Tzu-Hsi
I wouldn't depend on the Justice Department for investigative purposes, nor would I approach the Attorney General's office for information if I were you …. It is my conviction that the man would go to any lengths to protect himself and his friends—and make no mistake about it, the people we are after are friends of the Attorney General. Harry Daugherty has had a hand in every dirty piece of business which has come out of the Harding administration. There is every reason to believe that, at the very least, Daugherty is one of the men who knows the whole sordid story of the oil leases—and there is enough evidence to warrant the suspicion that he himself might have profited from them Thomas J. Walsh
… the tools of despotism and corruption John Wilkes
Those who make laws and prescribe penalties are also men subject to temptations, and may also miscarry through ignorance, heedlessness, or sinister respects. John Winthrop
The fountains of Learning & Religion are so corrupted as (besides the unsupportable charge of there education) most children (even the best wits & of fairest hopes) are perverted, corrupted, & utterly overthrowne by the multitude of evil examples & the licentious government of those seminaries, where men straine at gnats & swallows camels John Winthrop
… a lying crook in the Presidency James M. Cannon
If you won’t use that line, I quit. Robert Hartman
We have more billionaires than any country but the United States. And Putin can imprison any one of them at a moment’s notice. Do you think he is poor? Garry Kasparov
Public outrage gets used up. You just move to a lower standard. Paul Sarbanes
I am the only public servant and the only Mexican President ever who has made his finances public from before, during, and after public service. Vincente Fox
Senator Howard Baker selected me to be the Republicans’ lawyer in the Watergate hearings, and the Republicans really needed lawyers then. Fred Thompson
One thing, and one thing only, prevents the establishment of a stable Central Government at Peking, and this is the insatiable greed of money which possesses every Chinese who attains to public office. J. O. P. Bland
Restrictions have been placed on my authority which have hampered me in my work of promoting the country's best interests…. I have always preferred conservative to radical courses. Yuan Shikai
The form of government is of much less importance than the character of the men who administer it. North China Herald
The great increase of the contraband opium trade was the cause of frequent comment on the Upper Yangtsze. It seems to parallel what one hears of the liquor-smuggling in America, for I was told that large numbers were being attracted by the great profits, and people of hitherto unimpeachable reputation were engaged in the trade; so that in this way, as well as by the use of the drug, numerous people were being debauched. . . . Caravans of the drug have been brought over by the soldiers from Yunnan and Kueichow, where the planting has been encouraged and even insisted upon by the officials, who in some cases have taxed it when planted, when in blossom, and when the drug is gathered. North China Herald
The army, uncontrolled and uncontrollable, has already repudiated Young China; the horde of hungry politicians remains absorbed in futile arguments and sordid intrigues; the Government is without prestige, policy or power; three parties in the State, alike and pelf; the Cabinet is distracted by the advice of amateur politicians at the capital and the threats and protests of the provinces. J. O. P. Bland
In difficult or critical times some comrades often have doubts about the survival of Red political power and become pessimistic. The reason is that they have not found the correct explanation for its emergence and survival. If only we realize that splits and wars will never cease within the White regime in China, we shall have no doubts about the emergence, survival and daily growth of Red political power. Mao Zedong
‘Down with imperialism!’ ‘Down with the warlords!’ ‘Down with the corrupt officials!’ ‘Down with the local tyrants and evil gentry!’ -- these political slogans have grown wings, they have found their way to the young, the middle-aged and the old, to the women and children in countless villages, they have penetrated into their minds and are on their lips. For instance, watch a group of children at play. If one gets angry with another, if he glares, stamps his foot and shakes his fist, you will then immediately hear from the other the shrill cry of "Down with imperialism! Mao Zedong
In a county where power is in the hands of the local tyrants and evil gentry, the magistrate, whoever he may be, is almost invariably a corrupt official. In a county where the peasants have risen there is clean government, whoever the magistrate. Mao Zedong
Our enemies are all those in league with imperialism -- the warlords, the bureaucrats, the comprador class, the big landlord class and the reactionary section of the intelligentsia attached to them…. As for the vacillating middle bourgeoisie, their right-wing may become our enemy and their left-wing may become our friend -- but we must be constantly on our guard and not let them create confusion within our ranks. Mao Zedong
The United States has made it through more than 200 years without ever finding it necessary to prosecute a journalist for soliciting a public employee to disclose confidential national security information. Geoffrey Stone
While intellectually you are giants, morally you are pygmies. Tom Lantos
There is nothing wrong with God, and the flag is good as is the family, but what I resent is that the Republicans use these as a cover for their support of big money. Norman Mailer
Whenever you find a tax loophole, someone else is going to call it a tax incentive. Charles B. Rangel
Disruption of the New Left J. Edgar Hoover
I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator Mother Jones; Mary Harris Jones
At a superficial glance this would seem to be an attempt to get rid of one dictatorship clearly adopted by the people of the whole Peruvian Republic, and recognized by foreign governments, including Chili, for a new dictatorship, adopted by the majority of a self-constituted meeting of 110 men of Lima and Callao, and recognized as yet by nobody else except Chili Isaac Peckham Christiancy
I must confess, that if left to act entirely upon my own judgment, I should not have recognized this provisional government …. But I claim no right to set up my own judgment against that of my government, believing strict obedience to the wishes of my government my first and sole duty. Isaac Peckham Christiancy
It is the curse of the Labor movement that, as soon as it has acquired a certain “power,” it seeks to enlarge this power by unprincipled means. Social-Democracy also was originally “pure” in almost all countries. Most Social-patriots of today were real Marxists. By Marxist propaganda the masses were won, and as soon as the party gained “power,” they [the principled means] were abandoned. Herman Gorter
I am not a bookkeeper! Victoriano Huerta
The revolt against the Papacy was essentially a struggle between exploiters and exploited, not a struggle over mere ecclesiastical dogmas or vague slogans, such as a struggle between “authority” and “individualism.” The Popes hastened their own destruction by becoming increasingly contemptible. This is the fate of every ruling class that has become obsolete and is approaching extinction. Their functions dwindle as their wealth grows, and nothing remains for them to do but dissipate the proceeds of their extortions. Karl Kautsky
State services become a means to politicians for placing their tools or dependants, and for giving good, fat sinecures … Paul Lafargue
Beyond the manifestations of programmatic confusion, a leadership vacuum, and budgetary quandaries, WHO has lost its way. Lancet
Germany is a despotism, with mock constitutionalism. There is the dictature of capitalism represented by junkerdom, militarism, and police. All independent organizations of working men were forbidden. Wilhelm Liebknecht
The Government, … always quenches in blood any democratic manifestation Francisco Madero
The whole administrative, judicial, and legislative machinery obeys a single will, the caprice of General Porfirio Diaz, who during his long administration has shown that the principal motive that guides him is to maintain himself in power and at any cost. Francisco Madero
Such a crime as the embezzlement of any of the coins struck at the Mint, or of any of the metals brought to the Mint for coinage, would be punished under the laws of Pennsylvania, by a fine and penitentiary imprisonment at hard labor. The punishment annexed to this crime by the laws of the United States, enacted for the special protection of deposits made at the Mint, is DEATH. Samuel Moore
WHO has become so corrupted, mismanaged and irrelevant that many public health leaders around the world are calling for it to be shut down Stephen Douglas Mumford
And the children? Twelve hours of work for children! 0, misery. But not all the Jules Simon of the Academy of Moral and Political Science, not all the Germanys of Jesuitism, could have invented a vice more degrading to the intelligence of the children, more corrupting of their instincts, more destructive of their organism than work in the vitiated atmosphere of the capitalist factory. work began at five o'clock in the morning and ended at eight o’clock in the evening, summer and winter. It was a sight to watch them arrive each morning into the city and depart each evening. Among them were a multitude of women, pale, often walking bare-footed through the mud, and who for lack of umbrellas when the rain or snow fell, wore their aprons or skirts turned up over their heads. There was a still larger number of young children, equally dirty, equally pale, covered with rags, greasy from the machine oil which drops on them while they work. They were better protected from the rain because their clothes shed water; but unlike the women just mentioned, they did not carry their day’s provisions in a basket, but they carried in their hands or hid under their clothing as best they might, the morsel of bread which must serve them as food until time for them to return home. Thus to the strain of an insufferably long day – at least fifteen hours – is added for these wretches the fatigue of the painful daily journeys. Consequently they reach home overwhelmed by the need of sleep, and next day they rise before they are completely rested in order to reach the factory by the opening time. Dr. Villermem
Ecclesiastical honors are either purchased for a set price, or seized by the hand of violence, or secured by nefarious actions, or acquired by sordid sycophancy. Occasionally even, they are the hire paid for panderism and similar services. In short, more shameless proceedings are exhibited here than ever occur in the acquisition of secular possessions. John Calvin
How many priests, pray, are free from whoredom? Nay, how many of their houses are infamous for daily acts of lewdness? How many honorable families do they defile by their vagabond lusts? For my part, I have no pleasure in exposing their vices, and it is no part of my design; but it is of importance to observe what a wide difference there is between the conduct of the priesthood of the present day, and that which true ministers of Christ and his church are bound to pursue. John Calvin
White Paper has effectively exposed certain aspects of PBSUCCESS . . . If possible, fabricate big human interest story, like flying saucers, birth sextuplets in remote area to take play away. Central Intelligence Agency
those who are considered clerics, grown fat on the alms of princes, now oppress princes' sons.... Frederick II
The penalty shall be capital punishment for a judge or arbiter legally appointed who has been found guilty of receiving a bribe for giving a decision Rome
At a minimum, true dereliction, negligence and irresponsibility; at worst, lying, incompetence and corruption. Anthony Zinni
Everybody must be removed [from public office] who has the mentality of the capitalist. Idi Amin Dada
I never liked the Hierarchy of the Church … but if the Clergy combine, they will have their influence on Government Rufus King
The experience of the United States is a happy disproof of the error so long rooted in the unenlightened minds of well-meaning Christians, as well as in the corrupt hearts of persecuting usurpers, that without a legal incorporation of religious and civil polity, neither could be supported. A mutual independence is found most friendly to practical Religion, to social harmony, and to political prosperity James Madison
Strongly guarded as is the separation between religion and & Gov't in the Constitution of the United States the danger of encroachment by Ecclesiastical Bodies, may be illustrated by precedents already furnished in their short history James Madison
Yassar Arafat is sitting on the corpses and destruction of the Palestinians at a time when they are desperately in need of a new mentality. Mohammad Dahlan
The reigning model of economic globalization threatens earth’s life systems, undermines cultural integrity and diversity, and endangers the lives of many who are poor in order that some might consume exorbitantly and a few accumulate vast wealth. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda
Sometimes you’ve got to think about how it will look later Richard Nixon
Could it be that my indictment -- curiously issued two weeks before the Democratic National Convention -- is largely political? Kenneth Lay
OSHA can’t and won’t do its job…. the current OSHA injury and illness information is inaccurate in part due to wide-scale underreporting by employers and OSHA’s willingness to accept these falsified numbers Bob Whitmore
There has been a failure of leadership all over post colonial Africa to unite the country’s people. Raila A. Odinga
Special interests are a roadblock wielding undue influence over policy makers. They seek to maintain short-term profits with little regard to either the long-term impact on the planet that will be inherited by our children and grand-children or the long-term economic well-being of our country. James E. Hanson
wise economy … is as far removed from parsimony as from corrupt and corrupting extravagance. Franklin Pierce
Counter-corruption agencies cannot make a difference unless they are independent of the government actors they are supposed to monitor, restrain, and punish. Larry Diamond
For democracy to triumph, the natural predatory tendencies of rulers must be restrained by rigorous rules and impartial institutions. Larry Diamond
Without legal and political institutions that control corruption, pro-growth policies will be ineffective. Larry Diamond
The administration shaded the truth … I was part of the propaganda campaign. Scott McClellan
The Forty Thieves Anonymous
It is a remarkable fact that the slave-traders in this city have matured their arrangements so thoroughly that they almost invariably manage to elude the meshes of the law. Now they bribe a jury, another time their counsel or agents spirit away a vital witness...The Government is determined to break up the African slave-trade, and it will accompllish it. To effect this it will be necessary to purge the Courts and offices of these pimps of piracy. New York Tribune
I am sorry to tell you, Afghanistan is still chained in the fetters of the fundamentalist warlords. How can we talk about democracy when our legislative, judicial, and executive bodies are infected with the viruses of fundamentalism? Malali Joya
One person can root out corruption and abuse of power. Once he understands this, he is redeemed and can break out of the trap of fear, and break free into the light of integrity and justice. This is the effect of seeing a brave whistleblower stand up and win; it inspires the rest of us. Scott Bloch
Get rid of that son of a bitch! Richard Nixon
It is a pretty bold stand for this people to take, to say that they will not be controlled by the corrupt administrators of our General Government. We will be controlled by them, if they will be controlled by the Constitution and laws; but they will not. Many of them do not care any more about the constitution and the laws that they make than they do about the laws of another nation. Brigham Young
I love the government and the constitution of the United States, but I do not love the damned rascals who administer the government Brigham Young
The people may have faults, but they should never be trifled with Joseph Smith, Jr.
In justly balancing the powers of the Federal and State authorities difficulties nearly insurmountable arose at the outset and subsequent collisions were deemed inevitable. Amid these it was scarcely believed possible that a scheme of government so complex in construction could remain uninjured. From time to time embarrassments have certainly occurred; but how just is the confidence of future safety imparted by the knowledge that each in succession has been happily removed! Overlooking partial and temporary evils as inseparable from the practical operation of all human institutions, and looking only to the general result, every patriot has reason to be satisfied. Martin Van Buren
… ‘great men’, will dally with all rights, in order to smuggle a fortune at ‘one fell swoop’; mortgage Texas, possess Oregon, and claim all the unsettled regions of the world for hunting and trapping; and should an humble, honest man, red, black, or white, exhibit a better title, these gentry have only to clothe the judge with richer ermine, and spangle the lawyer's finger with finer rings, to have the judgment of his peers, and the honor of his lords as a pattern of honesty, virtue, and humanity, while the motto hangs on his nation's escutcheon: ‘Every man has his price!’ …. reform this nation. Joseph Smith, Jr.
Democracy, Whiggery, and Cliquery, will attract their elements and foment divisions among the people, to accomplish fancied schemes and accumulate power … Joseph Smith, Jr.
No honest man can doubt for a moment, but the glory of American Liberty, is on the wane Joseph Smith, Jr.
Our blooming republic began to decline under the withering touch of Martin Van Buren! Disappointed ambition; thirst for power, pride, corruption, party spirit, faction, patronage; perquisites, fame, tangling alliances, priest-craft, and spiritual wickedness in high places, struck hands and reveled in midnight splendor. Joseph Smith, Jr.
It takes two to corrupt – the corrupted and the corrupter. Joseph Desire Mobutu; Mobutu Sese Seko
Cultural difference cannot be an excuse for the blatant levels of corruption that bedevil many parts of Africa. Corruption is one of Africa’s key problems. African societies are riddled with it – from kleptocratic leaders at the top, salting money away in Western bank accounts, to soldiers at roadblocks demanding bribes to let you through, to clerks in government bureaucracies charging to hand out official forms. But we in the rich world do not have clean hands here. Corruption is fed by big Western companies that routinely offer bribes to African leaders. Bob Geldof
Most of the people who want you to run for governor want something. Charles E. Schumer
Georgia is a part of a large empire; she is a member of the American Union. That Union has a Constitution which imposes limits on the legislatures of the several states. John Marshall
I will not comment on this question. But sometimes not answering tells the truth better than any answer would. Mecys Laurinkus
The only way to survive among the evil and corrupt is to be even more wicked and more corrupt than they are! Mehmet Murat İldan
There is an inevitable decay to which every religion is exposed. It may seem almost like a truism, that no religion can continue to be what it was during the lifetime of its founder and its first apostles. Yet it is but seldom borne in mind that without constant reformation, i.e. without a constant return to its fountain-head, every religion, even the most perfect, nay the most perfect on account of its very perfection, more even than others, suffers from its contact with the world, as the purest air suffers from the mere fact of its being breathed. Max Muller
The tyranny we impose on others, we will eventually impose on ourselves. Thucydides
When the President starts lying he begins to need evidence to back up his lies because in this democracy he is questioned on his statements. It then percolates down through the bureaucracy that you are helping the Boss if you come up with evidence that is supportive of our public position and you are distinctly unhelpful if you commit to paper statements that might leak to the wrong people. The effect of that is to poison the flow of information to the President himself and to create a situation where a President can be almost, to use a metaphor, psychotically divorced from the realities in which he is acting.... Daniel Ellsberg
Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day Theodore Roosevelt
Morality is the best of all devices for leading mankind by the nose. Friedrich Nietzsche
The military pork barrel spreads special privilege far beyond the confines of the arms contractors; it directly creates at least two million industrial jobs, every holder of which is all too dependent for his well-being on the well-being of the party oligarchs and the success of their corrupt policies. By virtue of the military budget, a large number of ordinary citizens have been given a direct stake in corrupt power. Walter Karp
And in the general hardening of outlook that set in ... practices which had been long abandoned - imprisonment without trial, the use of war prisoners as slaves, public executions, torture to extract confessions ... and the deportation of whole populations -- not only became common again, but were tolerated and even defended by people who considered themselves enlightened and progressive George Orwell Blair
The honorable senator who introduced the legislation to pay me the $25,000 for my Civil War negative collection demanded half the proceeds, but I will not name the honorable gentleman. Mathew Brady
We need an opposition to remind us if we are making mistakes. When you are not opposed you think everything you do is right. Mohamad Mahathir
The abuse of buying and selling votes crept in and money began to play an important part in determining elections. Plutarch
One reason you tend to doubt conspiracy theories when you've worked in government is because you know government is not nearly competent enough to carry off elaborate theories Philip Zelikow
Does our hand show in this? Richard Nixon
I’ll make it easy on you Jerry. I’m going home. Jay Garner
We are not allowed to refer to certain things that he does not like. Anna Politkovskaya
Under Karl Rove’s leadership, crony capitalism became a Biblical injunction. Bill Moyers
We were instrumental in creating the United Nations and the World Bank, and now we threaten their health. Robert E. Rubin
The real obstacle to progress in Nigeria is not a lack of resources; it is who controls them and how they are used. Jean Herskovits
There is a burgeoning wealthy class in Nigeria, but it is small, and its members thrive largely thanks to political connections and connivances. Jean Herskovits
Greed, greed, greed. That’s the fundamental problem of mankind. If we can solve that problem, the rest of man’s problems would follow. The only thing that can undermine our free society is greed. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Corruption in Georgia was so bad that no one could imagine life without it. Mikheil Saakashvili
The moral element … ministers, professors, and respectable persons … do not believe politics should be pursued as a trade. Nation
The great defect in the past custom is that executive patronage has come to be regarded as the property of the party in power. Ulysses S. Grant
There are, perhaps, few men who can for any great length of time enjoy office and power without being more or less under the influence of feelings unfavorable to the faithful discharge of their public duties … They are apt to acquire a habit of looking with indifference upon the public interests and of tolerating conduct from which an unpracticed man would revolt. Office is considered a species of property, and government rather as a means of promoting individual interests than as an instrument created solely for the service of the people. Andrew Jackson
If our civilization is destroyed, as Macaulay predicted, it will not be by his barbarians from below. Our barbarians come from above. Our great money-makers have sprung in one generation into seats of power kings do not know. The forces and the wealth are new, and have been the opportunity of new men. Without restraints of culture, experience, the pride, or even the inherited caution of class or rank, these men, intoxicated, think they are the wave instead of the float. and that they have created the business which has created them. To them science is but a never-ending repertoire of investments stored up by nature for the syndicates, government but a fountain of franchises, the nations but customers in squads… Henry Demarest Lloyd
Liberty produces wealth, and wealth destroys liberty. Henry Demarest Lloyd
The directors of such companies, being the managers rather of other people's money than of their own, it cannot well be expected that they should watch over it with the same anxious vigilance with which the partners in a private copartnery frequently watch over their own. . . . Negligence and profusion must always prevail, more or less, in the management of the affairs of such a company. Adam Smith
Crimes of the Clergy William Benbow
Very often the children are awakened by the parents at four in the morning. They are pulled out of bed when almost asleep. The younger children are carried on the backs of the older children asleep to the mill, and they see no more of their parents till they go home at night, and are sent to bed. Richard Oastler
I didn’t intend for it to be seen by the public…. I wanted to stimulate reflection and an internal debate. Alvaro De Soto
The Republicans have lost their way. Principle has been swapped for power, and they have gotten neither. They deserve to have lost. Alan Greenspan
A monarch is at all times that of an enemy of the people," acting by force, fear, corruption, and delusion through his three human instruments, the soldier, the lawyer, and the priest, to produce in all times and at all places the greatest infelicity of the greatest number. Jeremy Bentham
We need no other proof . . . than what we have seen in our own country, where in a few years good discipline and a just encouragement given to those who did well, produced more examples of pure, complete, incorruptible, and invincible virtue than Rome or Greece could ever boast Algernon Sidney
Men are corrupt and will be so … laws must be invented to check and balance the original and ineradicable perversion of human nature. Henry Ireton
A city in which the nobles obtain their desire, is nothing else but a company of masters and slaves ordered to the satisfaction of the avarice and dishonest wishes of the ruling class. Donato Giannotti
The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern. John Emerich Edward Dalberg; Lord Acton
Among the rights that the laws give the sovereign should be included [the right] to display all the signs of grandeur and majesty necessary to make manifest the authority and dignity of such wide-ranging and lofty power, and to impress veneration for it upon the minds of all subjects. Jean Domat
I’ve looked at your website and see all the contributors to your campaigns. I don’t suppose that you ask every one of them how they made the money that they donated. George Galloway
The carelessness and negligence of the governments of the world, which wholly intent upon the care of aggrandizing themselves, at the same time neglect the happiness of the people and with it their own peace and security. David Hume
We have a lot of poverty and a great deal of money coming into the country. This is a recipe for corruption. We have just prosecuted high government officials for corruption for the first time in Afghan history. Hamid Karzai
The young Iranian people are seeking to fulfill their material needs, but they are also trying to realize some great aspirations and ideals such as the administration of social justice and the elimination of corruption, poverty and retardation from society. These ideals and objectives, which have emerged from Islamic teachings and precepts, will pave the way for opening a new chapter in the history of the Iranian nation. Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei
The main question that is decided by an election in our country is, which political party shall have the privilege of dispensing the offices of Government? Lemuel K. Washburn
The world no longer permits the stronger to kill the weaker, but it allows the wealthy to oppress the poor. Money is holier than man. Human life is less sacred than property. To save a dollar is regarded as a more necessary virtue than to save a human heart. Society cares more for fortune than for truth. Lemuel K. Washburn
To demand the requirements of nations to contribute to the struggle against terrorism, we need much more precise definitions so that the war against terrorism is not used, [even] as it protects, to justify other purposes -- domestic purposes or external purposes. This discredits the very notion of a joint fight against terrorism. Alexey Arbatov
In Thailand the sexual behavior of Thai men accepts prostitution. Every class of Thai men accept it, practice it. So they don't see it as a problem. So when it comes to the policymakers, who are mostly men, of course, they don't see this as a problem. They know there are many women who are brought into prostitution in Thailand. They know that some are treated with brutal violence. But they don't think it's a terrible picture. They think it's just the unlucky cases. And, because of the profit, I think there are many people with an interest involved, so they try to turn a blind eye to this problem Kritaya Archavanitkul
The “cant” of the politician, like the cant of the “religious” man, is also protean in its guise, but its chief method is to explain away words. The politician can always show you that he didn’t mean what he says, but something rather different from what he says. Political cant consists in pretending to agreement with hearers, whoever they may be. This cant is part of the stock-in-trade of every politician, be he Tory, Whig, or Radical, and it is by its means that he tries to haul in stray votes. E. Belfort Bax
Today we have families that can buy a congressman and families that cannot buy food for the table. Barbara Ehrenreich
I think a people cannot be long free, nor ever happy, whose government is in one Assembly…. A single Assembly is liable to all the vices, follies and frailties of an individual,--subject to fits of humor,--starts of passions, flights of enthusiasm,--partialities of prejudice, and consequently productive of hasty results and absurd judgments. All these errors ought to be corrected, and defects supplied by some controlling power. A single Assembly is apt to be avaricious, and in time will not scruple to exempt itself from burdens, which it will lay, without compunction, upon its constituents. A single Assembly is apt to grow ambitious, and after a time will not hesitate to vote itself perpetual. Benjamin Rush
Absolute power should never be trusted to man. It has perverted the wisest heads, and corrupted the best hearts in the world. I should be afraid to commit my property, liberty and life to a body of angels for one whole year. Benjamin Rush
Every subject of the Commonwealth ought to find a certain remedy, by having recourse to the laws, for all injuries or wrongs which he may receive in his person, property, or character. He ought to obtain right and justice freely, and without being obliged to purchase it; completely, and without any denial; promptly, and without delay; Massachusetts
The Capitol Building should have a sign saying, “Warning!! You are now Entering an Ethics-Free Zone!” Margaret Carlson
That's what we were doing for the last twenty years, telling everybody to adopt a raw capitalism with no safety nets, no redistributive mechanisms…. I think we have to find ways to spread the benefits of global markets beyond just the small group of market-dominant minorities and foreign investors. We need to find ways to redistribute the wealth, whether it's property title and giving poor people property, land reform.... Redistributive mechanisms are tough to have if you have so much corruption. Amy L. Chua
The elections were not free and fair. Many people had registered more than once, and voted several times. Often, men with guns had forced people to vote for Karzai; they had also tried to intimidate me during my election campaign. Massouda Jalal
Be ...a preacher of piety, not an exactor of tithes... Flaccus of York (Alcuin of York)
Long live Religion, Long Live our Most Holy Mother of Guadalupe. Long Live Ferdinand VII. Long Live America and death to bad government. Miguel Hidalgo
The only way to get rid of corruption in high places is to get rid of the high places. Tim Wheeler
I feel like getting even, and if I live long enough I will. Ralph Henry Cameron
We have, in this country, one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve Board. This evil institution has impoverished the people of the United States and has practically bankrupted our government. It has done this through the corrupt practices of the moneyed vultures who control it Louis Thomas McFadden
Corruption can be a lubricant reducing the friction between new elites and old elites in a period of rapid change. Samuel P. Huntington
What is the use of striving for standards of judicial propriety if [we] condone such lapses! It would have been bad enough if [the magistrate] had been a Gentile; but for a Jew it was unforgivable. Benjamin N. Cardozo
No priests in politics Anonymous
The evidence in hand and accessible will show beyond peradventure that in many parts of the State corrupt and violent influences were brought to bear upon the registrars of voters, thus materially affecting the character of the voting or poll lists; upon the inspectors of election, prejudicially and unfairly thereby changing the number of votes cast; and, finally, threats and violence were practiced directly upon the masses of voters in such measures and strength as to produce grave apprehensions for their personal safety and as to deter them from the exercise of their political franchises. Blanche K. Bruce
The priests, either from indulgence or carelessness, have allowed the wicked to give loose reins to their lusts John Calvin
I have, for many years past, contemplated the noble races of red men who are now spread over these trackless forests and boundless prairies, melting away at the approach of civilization. Their rights invaded, their morals corrupted, their lands wrested from them, their customs changed, and therefore lost to the world; and they at last sunk into the earth, and the ploughshare turning the sod over their graves, and I have flown to their rescue--not of their lives or of their race (for they are "doomed" and must perish), but to the rescue of their looks and their modes, at which the acquisitive world may hurl their poison and every besom of destruction, and trample them down and crush them to death George Catlin
Morally, as a class, cowboys are foulmouthed, blasphemous, drunken, lecherous, utterly corrupt. Usually harmless on the plains when sober, they are dreaded in towns, for then liquor has an ascendancy over them. Cheyenne Daily Leader
For the better discovering and avoiding of all such traitorous and most dangerous conspiracies and attempts as are daily devised and practiced against our most gracious sovereign lady the queen's majesty and the happy estate of this commonweal, by sundry wicked and seditious persons, who, terming themselves Catholics, and being indeed spies and intelligencers, not only for her majesty's foreign enemies, but also for rebellious and traitorous subjects born within her highness's realms and dominions, and hiding their most detestable and devilish purposes under a false pretext of religion and conscience, do secretly wander and shift from place to place within this realm, to corrupt and seduce her majesty's subjects, and to stir them to sedition and rebellion … Elizabeth I
The railways of the world, except in those countries where they have been held under the strict regulation and supervision of the government, have proved themselves arbitrary, extortionate and as opposed to free institutions and free commerce between states as were the feudal barons of the middle ages. Illinois State Farmers' Association
The truth is that we are all Hussites Martin Luther
Who so ever kills a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he has killed all mankind, and who so ever saves the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind Muhammed
If not checked the power of money will soon control the elections of the President, the senators and the members of the House of representatives. James K. Polk
We corrupt the word of truth, and mix ... our doctrine with what is common and cheap... in order to turn the adulteration to our profit, and accommodate ourselves to those who meet us, and curry favor with everyone, becoming ventriloquists and chatterers, who serve their own pleasures by words uttered from the earth, and sinking into the earth, and, to gain the special good will of the multitude Gregory of Nazianzus
Now of the lion one need have no fear, the leopard is a gentle creature, and even the snake you are terrified by is likely to turn in flight; but there is one thing you must beware of, I assure you. Bad Bishops. Don't be over-awed by the dignity of the throne. All have dignity, yes; but not all have the Grace. Discard the outer clothing; watch for the wolf. Gregory of Nazianzus
Tehsildars and other Revenue officers are known to be in the habit of imposing fines without recording any proceeding, and appropriating the receipts to themselves. Pandit Bhag Ram
The presiding officers of Courts and judicial work performed by their clerks, and it has been with great difficulty that I have partially succeeded in getting them to record their proceedings in their hand. There are still a number of ignorant and illiterate Tehsildars and other officers, owing their employment to strong official influence, who would not and could not carry out my instructions. Pandit Bhag Ram
Armed with purity of intentions and firmness of purpose, I may reasonably entertain the hope of being able to clear the administrative agency of all corruption and incompetency, and impart to it the maximum of honesty and efficiency. I now warn my officials of all ranks that I have fully made up my mind to put down corruption and intrigue wherever they may be found. Partap Singh
Corruption reflects the power distance between civil servants and the public, particularly for citizens in remote areas. Subhash Bhatnagar
Ordinary citizens need access to government-held information in order to exercise their rights in just about every phase of their lives–whether to gain entry to education, apply for a job, gain access to a poverty alleviation scheme, build or buy a house, start a business or collect a pension. Without it, they are ready prey to the corrupt and the abusive. .. Jeremy Pope
Behind a mask of apparent openness and accountability to which once-trusted accountancy firms and business analysts were willing collaborators, a raft of corrupt practices has undermined the livelihoods and expectations of millions. Jeremy Pope
Donors have too often appeared to shore up secretive regimes with loans and assistance, the details of which are kept from the citizens they are ostensibly intended to help. In some countries, these citizens are now expected to make good the loans plundered by their former leaders with the apparent acquiescence of the lenders. Jeremy Pope
Without efforts to modernize legal institutions, new international agreements will remain unrealized and our democracies will continue to be threatened by our inability to track corruption and other criminal activities. Eva Joly
The corrupt are running out of places to hide. Peter Eigen
Bribes and special deals were offered to members to say yes. Nick Smith
As much as the Palestinian authority is criticized for being ineffective and corrupt, we must deal with them. Marwan al-Muasher
one kind of affluence: the outward sign of wealth for a small number, the mask of poverty for the majority, and a source of corruption for all. Denis Diderot
It is possible to fight a war with undiminished respect for the rights of the enemy individual. Indeed, that is the duty of every soldier. But the terrorist must disregard this duty and disobey the law of war. His feelings towards the individual are abolished by his loathing of the group, and it is this—rather than his cowardice, cruelty, or intemperate hate—that constitutes his true moral corruption. Roger Scruton
The minds of some of our statesmen, like the pupil of the human eye, contract themselves the more, the stronger light there is shed upon them. Thomas Moore
Such is the boasted chivalry of the Land of Freedom, which has left its women to strive against tradition, prejudice, conservatism, self-interest, political power and in addition all the forces of corruption combined, to secure the privilege which was conferred upon vast numbers of men who never even demanded it and many of whom knew nothing of its significance after it was granted. Anna Howard Shaw
Ignorance, forgetfulness, or contempt of the rights of man are the only causes of public misfortunes and of the corruption of governments. France
Luxury, or a refinement on the pleasures and conveniences of life, has long been supposed the source of every corruption in government, and the immediate cause of faction, sedition, civil wars, and the total loss of liberty. David Hume
For a woman emancipation means corruption. Honore de Balzac
The great constitutional corrective in the hands of the people against usurpation of power, or corruption by their agents is the right of suffrage… Andrew Jackson
Universities are only nurseries of prejudice, corruption, barbarism, and pedantry George Berkeley
Our earth is degenerate in these latter days. Bribery and corruption are common. Children no longer obey their parents. . . Anonymous
Keep your hands clean and pure from the infamous vice of corruption, a vice so infamous that it degrades even the other vices that may accompany it. Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Blest paper-credit! last and best supply! That lends corruption lighter wings to fly! Alexander Pope
Were it not for the corruption and viciousness of degenerate men, there would be no ... necessity that men should separate from this great and natural community, and by positive agreements combine into smaller and divided associations. John Locke
The hydra of corruption is only scotched, not dead. An investigation kills and it and its supporters dead. Let this be had. Andrew Jackson
The Zionist invasion is a vicious invasion. It does not refrain from resorting to all methods, using all evil and contemptible ways to achieve its end. It relies greatly in its infiltration and espionage operations on the secret organizations it gave rise to, such as the Freemasons, The Rotary and Lions clubs, and other sabotage groups. All these organizations, whether secret or open, work in the interest of Zionism and according to its instructions. They aim at undermining societies, destroying values, corrupting consciences, deteriorating character and annihilating Islam. It is behind the drug trade and alcoholism in all its kinds so as to facilitate its control and expansion. Hamas
The T. and P. folks are working hard on their bill. … They offered one M. C. one thousand dollars cash down, five thousand when the Bill passed and ten thousand of the bonds when they got them, if he would vote for the Bill. Collis P. Huntington
It cost money to fix things so that I would know his bill would not pass. I believe that with $200,000, I can pass our bill. Collis P. Huntington
I sent a man to Richmond, Va., on Saturday, and one to Albany to-day, to get resolutions passed by the legislatures... I think it will control two members of the R. R. Committee Collis P. Huntington
I do not think we can get any legislation this session for extension of land grants unless we pay more for it than it is worth. Collis P. Huntington
I think this coming session of Congress will be composed of the hungriest set of men that ever got together Collis P. Huntington
The great Government we loved has too often been made use of for private and selfish purposes. Woodrow Wilson
Beware of all men who would turn the tasks and the necessities of the nation to their own private profit or use them for the building up of private power. Woodrow Wilson
The importance of supervising the business of great railways and industrial combinations and the necessary investigation and prosecution of unlawful business methods are another necessary tax upon Government which did not exist half a century ago. William Howard Taft
In a free government, the few, finding their schemes and views of interest borne down by the many, to gain the power they cannot constitutionally obtain, always endeavor to get it by cunning and corruption, conscious at the same time that usurpation, when once begun, the safety of the usurper consists only in grasping the whole. William Manning
There are only two types of Chinese -- those who give bribes and those who take them. Russian Proverb
He lied like an eyewitness. Anonymous
The masters will come … in the day time and with the help of some of the 99th carry off their fugitives and by and by smuggle them across the lines and the soldier will get his $20 or $50. C. B. Wilder
We do have endemic corruption, but most of it is not political. Benazir Bhutto
We did receive a large amount of aid. Unfortunately, there's not much to show for it. The infrastructure has been depleted.... We would like to see that this time aid can be used honestly. Benazir Bhutto
Our hope is that an omnibus bill is put together so we can work through our friends on the leadership staff to insert the language at the very end of the process, instead of working through the normal appropriations process—which involves too many people and could jeopardize our legislative fix. Jack Abramoff
This is the system that we have. I didn’t make the system. This is the system that we have. Jack Abramoff
The whole process is corrupt. I vote against everything. Ronald E. Paul
The dictators play the United States like a fiddle and get away with it Benazir Bhutto
A prosecutor should never file a bogus case to get headlines. David Inglesias
We are tackling the inefficiency and corruption that has long plagued the New Orleans Housing Authority. Barack Obama
… an embarrassment to San Diego San Diego Union
How can it be illegal or unethical if the most important man in Congress is doing it? Nancy Cunningham
I urge you to help me in my battle for Christian values. Randy Duke Cunningham
We’ve got $10,000 already … to make sure that your son does not get elected Randy Duke Cunningham
I’m on the side of the Angels here. Randy Duke Cunningham
CBC: Corrupt Bastard’s Club Bill Allen
We need 50 more Jack Abramoffs. Grover Norquist
The system of government in Pakistan doesn't work. It's corrupt, and the people are tired of it. Abdul Rashid Ghazi
The preposterous distinctions of rank, which render civilization a curse, by dividing the world between voluptuous tyrants and cunning envious dependents, corrupt, almost equally, every class of people, because respectability is not attached to the discharge of the relative duties of life, but to the station… Mary Wollstonecraft
For his own sordid ends The pulpit he ascends Abdallah Al-Maarri
I think McCarthy was a menace... because he corrupted the ethics of American conservatives, and that corruption leads to the situation we have now. It gave the conservatives the habit of appeasing the forces of the hysterical right... and appeasing them knowingly, expediently. I think that was the original sin of the conservative movement, and we [conservatives] are all suffering from it. Peter Robert Edwin Viereck
We must endure the luxury and avarice of sovereigns, as we endure the barrenness of a soil, storms, and other inconveniences of nature. There will be vices as long as there are men; but these are not continual, and are recompensed by the intermixture of better qualities Cornelius Tacitus
Abuses and perversions will of course arise and multiply in the administration of the public bounty DeWitt Clinton
I realized that I should give serious attention to financial recovery … For ever since I took command of my affairs I had daily uncovered new evidence of … wastefulness. Louis XIV
History has shown that when justice is not served in a legal capacity, some people will take matters into their own hands. Peter Balakian
Without any payment? Your Majesty, that would cost too much. Charles Maurice de Talleyrand
For every bribe-taker, there must be a bribe-giver, and these givers are all too often from the rich countries. These firms are enabling corruption, crippling or even killing off vulnerable states. Mo Ibrahim
Corruption undermines public confidence in our country and institutions. It is a huge cost to the economy. Combating it will take courage, determination and perseverance. The most effective means of doing it is by creating a climate not receptive to corruption. Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi
Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression James Madison
The press deserved the attacks and criticisms of Will Irwin (1910) and Upton Sinclair (1920) and the muckrakers who followed, and it needs today the watchdog and gadfly activities of the new critical weeklies, but all in all it is now a better medium of mass information.... The 1972 Watergate disclosures, it is true, were made by only a score of the members of the mass media, but I remember Teapot Dome when only one of our 1,750 dailies (the Albuquerque Morning Journal) dared to tell the truth about White House corruption. We have come a long way since. George Seldes
Counter insurgency is unworkable without a responsive and politically popular national government. Richard Burt
The oil companies legally bribe members of Congress to allow them to drill for oil in the ANWR. Jimmy Carter
… navigating all boats that might be propelled by steam, on all waters within the territory, or jurisdiction of the State, for the term of twenty years. New York State
Intimidation and bribery marked some of the states' selection of senators. Nine bribery cases were brought before the Senate between 1866 and 1906. In addition, forty-five deadlocks occurred in twenty states between 1891 and 1905, resulting in numerous delays in seating senators. In 1899, problems in electing a senator in Delaware were so acute that the state legislature did not send a senator to Washington for four years. U. S. Senate
So what's the cost of the culture of corruption? Of people giving breaks to the oil companies and giving giveaways and Christmas presents to the drug companies and the insurance companies? The cost is $90 billion a year. There you go. Quantifiable. Amy Klobuchar
To a great extent, it is our money that is funding some of the problems with which we must cope. David Petraeus
Any fortress can be stormed provided there is a way up for a donkey with a load of gold on his back. Alexander III
It is impossible to deny that dishonest men often grow rich and famous, becoming powerful in their parish or in parliament. Their portraits grace shop windows; and they live and die respected. This success is theirs; yet it is not the success which a noble soul will envy. George Henry Lewes
Since God has given us the papacy, let us enjoy it. Leo X
There are certain seasons in the course of human affairs, when Genius, Virtue, and Patriotism, seems to nod over the vices of the times. Mercy Otis Warren
Frequent return to the bar of their Constituents is the strongest check against the corruptions to which men are liable, either from the intrigues of others of more subtle genius, or the propensities of their own hearts… Mercy Otis Warren
When every man of liberality, firmness and penetration who cannot lick the hand stretched out to oppress, is deemed an enemy to the State—then is the gulph of despotism set open, and the grades to slavery, though rapid, are scarce perceptible—then genius drags heavily its iron chain — science is neglected, and real merit flies to the shades for security from reproach — the mind becomes enervated, and the national character sinks to a kind of apathy with only energy sufficient to curse the breast that gave it milk Mercy Otis Warren
Though it has been said … that a Standing-Army is necessary for the dignity and safety of America, yet freedom revolts at the idea, when … Despot, may draw out his dragoons to suppress the murmurs of a few, who may yet cherish those sublime principles …. Standing armies have been the nursery of vice and the bane of liberty from the Roman legions to the establishment of the artful Ximenes, and from the ruin of the Cortes of Spain, to the planting of the British cohorts in the capitals of America. Mercy Otis Warren
Passion, prejudice, and error, are characteristics of human nature …. . Literary talents may be prostituted, and the powers of genius debased to subserve the purposes of ambition or avarice. Mercy Otis Warren
Monarchy is a species of government fit only for a people too much corrupted by luxury, avarice, and a passion for pleasure, to have any love for their country, and whose vices the fear of punishment alone is able to restrain. Mercy Otis Warren
New York Governor William Sulzer is absolutely crazy, and if they don't put him out they will have to establish a regency. John A. Hennessy
All Latins are volatile people. Jesse Helms
Both Republicans and Democrats are corrupt. The motto of the Democratic Party is, "Anything to get in." The motto of the Republican Party is "Anything to stay in. William Randolph Hearst
If parties in a republic are necessary to secure a degree of vigilance sufficient to keep the public functionaries within the bounds of law and duty, at that point their usefulness ends. William Henry Harrison
The hanky-panky in public service that really matters is about money and not sex. Froma Harrop
We suppose mankind more honest than they are. Alexander Hamilton
It was the same thing as going into a business community and interesting the leading business men by giving them shares. Oakes Ames
I either want less corruption, or more chance to participate in it. Ashleigh Brilliant
The spirit of the times may alter, will alter. Our rulers will become corrupt, our people careless. Thomas Jefferson
Various checks are opposed to every legislative proposition. Factions get possession of the public councils, bribery corrupts them, personal interests lead them astray from the general interests of their constituents; and other impediments arise, so as to prove to every practical man, that a law of limited duration is much more manageable than one which needs a repeal Thomas Jefferson
If you teach your boy that it is right to buy a vote, it is an easy step for him to learn to use money to bribe or corrupt officials or trustees of any class. If you teach your boy that it is right to steal votes, it is an easy step for him to believe that it is right to steal whatever he may need or greatly desire. The results of such an influence will enter every branch of society, it will reach your bank cashiers, and affect positions of trust in every department; it will ultimately enter your courts, and affect the administrations of justice. John Knox
The justification for whatever manipulation of the ballot that has occurred in this State has been the menace of negro domination John Knox
Nothing is more important than the issue of bribery, corruption, and illicit payments. This plague puts a premium on illegal activity while ignoring price and quality. It is impossible to develop confidence in an international trading system when bribery and corruption are such prevalent aspects of many economies in the world. Mickey Kantor
It was not power that corrupted people, but fools who corrupted power. Kim Stanley Robinson
Our whole history tells us that the national government has been far less corrupt and incompetent than state and local government … Time and time again the federal government has had to rescue people from the states and local governments. If we left it to the states, we would still have slavery. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
The Pope should restrain himself and get his fingers out of the pie. Martin Luther
You don’t make decisions in hindsight; you make them in the present. You live and learn. David Cameron
Corruption is the exchange of public benefits for private gain. Richard White
… the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics Theodore Roosevelt
Of all American politicians, the small-bore officials who run the states are the most greedy and the least scrupulous… Relatively paltry sums, if well placed, could bring the passage of helpful laws, the veto of harmful ones, and, in a pinch, the nullification of judicial opinions. Harry M. Caudill
Pardons are risky …. They inevitably create at least some perception that there's some guilt. Why pardon if somebody isn't going to ultimately get convicted? Joseph Gershtenson
Corruption is rampant in Pakistan and the government’s failure to control the practice has made it almost impossible to reverse the trend. Marvi Memon
You don't want me. You want the office of the President, and that doesn't belong to me. It belongs to the American people, and it's not for sale. Harry S Truman
The spree of big money campaigning—and the corruption that goes with it—seems guaranteed to worsen …. Campaign money handlers will keep pushing the limits wherever and however they can—and the integrity of our electoral system will pay the price. New York Times
I have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed, confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of law; government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose. These are not just American ideas; they are Human Rights. Barack Obama
A politician that is poor is a poor politician. Carlos Hank Gonzalez
We must reduce corruption to its fair proportions. Julio Cesar Turbay Ayala
I've prepared 100 coffins. 99 for corrupt officials and one for myself. Zhu Rongji
I don't know why we need so many more prisons when the crooks seem so happy in the Senate. John Gilbert Layton
Be alike independent of crowned-kings. money-kings, and land-kings. Abraham Lincoln
20 years on the make Thomas Nast
The basic feature of the Congo People’s Liberation Army was that it was a parasitic army…and demanded provisions and labor from the population, sometimes with extreme harshness. The peasants were at the mercy of groups who came on leave from the camps to demand extra food. Che Guevara
Sometimes I think that before we set up war crimes tribunals we should set up Corruption Inquiries and Commissions as corruption always is present in these states. Geoffery Robertson
There are counties where bribes must be paid in order to get anything done Geoffery Robertson
Endemic, indigenous corruption has been present in every failed state …. It inevitably causes poverty. Geoffery Robertson
One party is under the ironclad control of Wall Street and the other one caters to Wall Street. Alan Grayson
God’s Bankers Anonymous
We need clean candidates. Party A puts up a candidate and he is terribly corrupt. Party B puts up a candidate who is even more corrupt. There is no choice. So I have the Clean Candidate Campaign. Muhammad Yunus
I suppose that an honest man shines more in politics than he does elsewhere. Mark Twain
The temptation to misuse public policy is almost irresistible. Walter F. Mondale
Businessmen will not readily venture where governmental protection is doubtful. If they incur large risks they demand large profits, and if you promise these, you cannot easily advance or strengthen the nation you wish to develop or aid. Nahun Capen
Corruption in Nigeria is blocking development even though they have all this oil wealth. Bill Gates
Mr. Ten Percent Asif Ali Zardari
Historically, the quickest and easiest way to make a lot of money is to have a government give it to you. Richard Rayner
Corruption is a cancer on the body of development. James Wolfensohn
The Government must get out of the "protective" business and the "subsidy" business and the "improvement" and the "development" business. It must let trade, and commerce, and manufactures, and steamboats, and railroads and telegraphs alone. It cannot touch them without breeding corruption. Edwin Lawrence Godkin
We stayed in certain parts of these continents [Africa and Asia] because we can do certain things: efficient administration free from corruption, preservation of order, a development of the country, etc. better than these would be done without us. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
Even if government conduct of business could give us more efficiency instead of less efficiency, the fundamental objection to it would remain unaltered and unabated. It would destroy political equality. It would increase rather than decrease abuse and corruption. It would stifle initiative and invention. It would undermine the development of leadership. It would cramp and cripple the mental and spiritual energies of our people. It would extinguish equality and opportunity. It would dry up the spirit of liberty and progress. Herbert Hoover
Under a more developed capitalism, and to a greater extent even in the age of imperialism, the Trade Unions have ever more become gigantic unions, with a trend of development, equal to that of the bourgeois State bodies themselves. They have produced a class of officials, a bureaucracy, that controls all the engines of power of the organization, the finances, the press, the appointment of lower officials; often it is invested with even greater power, so that from a servant of the rank and file, it has become the master, identifying itself with the organization. The Trade Unions can be compared to the State and its bureaucracy, also in this: that, notwithstanding the democracy that is supposed to reign there, the members are unable to enforce their will against the bureaucracy; every revolt is broken against the cleverly constructed apparatus of official ordinances and statutes, before it has been able even to shake the highest regions. Herman Gorter
Most of the oil rich exporting countries were not really helped in the long run by their oil resources. Oil wealth distorted the development of the country. Corruption, the concept of something for nothing, the lack of development of a manufacturing or agricultural base, the resources to keep a dictator in power without depending on the people—all were problems. Martin Sabrow
The cloven-foot of self-interest was now and then to be seen aneath the robe of public principle. John Galt
Might a sense of the true aims of life elevate the tone of politics and trade, till public and private honor become identical! Margaret Fuller
It seems to me that the Pope's son, the Cardinal, is not in a condition for me to give him my daughter to wife. Make a cardinal who can marry and take off the hat, and then I will give him my daughter. Frederick IV
The great thieves are leading away the little thief. Diogenes
Reformation must begin with the GREAT, or it will never be effectual. Their example is the fountain whence the vulgar draw their habits, actions, and characters. To expect to reform the poor while the opulent are corrupt, is to throw odors into the stream while the springs are poisoned. Hannah More
Revolutionary leadership requires resistance to corruption. Kemal Ataturk
Abramoff did not own me, but we did engage in the culture of corruption together. Robert William Ney
The whole system is bribery. Jack Abramoff
We probably had very strong influences, shall we say, on about 100 Congressional offices. Jack Abramoff
The financial firms—the same ones who were involved in the 2008 meltdown—are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And frankly, they own the place. Richard Durbin
People frequently say that it is human nature to want to gamble and, therefore, you cannot prevent it. It seems to me there are ways of satisfying this enjoyment in gambling without encouraging widespread crime organizations. Much of what we read about could not possibly go on without the connivance of government officials in cities and states and even at the Federal level. Eleanor Roosevelt
… an avalanche of avarice Jack Valenti
They lied, they cheated, they stole, they had the power to do it and they did. Jack Valenti
It’s a giant criminal enterprise, but at least it’s a state. Dexter Filkins
Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesize and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true. Eric Hoffer
Perverts the Prophets and purloins the Psalms Lord George Gordon
Health has its science as well as disease Elizabeth Blackwell
The presence of the black man in this country is a curse to both races. It keeps the white man lying, stealing, misrepresenting, and the black man abusing, vilifying, and cursing, and neither white nor black can be Christian. I pray God you will continue in the great work in which you are engaged, and move this country to help the negro to emigrate to the land of his ancestors. Henry M. Turner
We have no parties or politicians, and as for demagoguery and corruption, they are words having only an historical significance… Edward Bellamy
Officials are under a constant temptation to misuse their power for the private profit of themselves or others. Edward Bellamy
The railways of the world, except in those countries where they have been held under the strict regulation and supervision of the government, have proved themselves arbitrary, extortionate and as opposed to free institutions and free commerce between states as were the feudal barons of the middle ages. Anonymous
We have witnessed for more than a quarter of a century the struggles of the two great political parties for power and plunder, while grievous wrongs have been inflicted upon the suffering people. We charge that the controlling influences dominating both these parties have permitted the existing dreadful conditions to develop without serious effort to prevent or restrain them. Ignatius Donnelly
In many parts of the State corrupt and violent influences were brought to bear upon the registrars of voters, thus materially affecting the character of the voting or poll lists; upon the inspectors of election, prejudicially and unfairly thereby changing the number of votes cast; and, finally, threats and violence were practiced directly upon the masses of voters in such measures and strength as to produce grave apprehensions for their personal safety and as to deter them from the exercise of their political franchises. Blanche K. Bruce
In order for a corrupt system to prevail, numerous other rights are likely to be restricted in the areas of political participation and access to justice. The need for the corrupt to protect themselves and their cronies undermines the electoral process, leads to intimidation and manipulation of the press and compromises the independence of the judiciary …. Especially disturbing is the impunity that covers up so many of these acts. Mary Robinson
Corruption hits hardest at the poorest in society, those with limited or no possibilities to defend themselves. But corruption affects the whole of society as well. Decisions supposedly taken for the public good are in truth motivated by a desire for private gain and result in policies and projects that impoverish rather than enrich a country. Mary Robinson
Democracies can no longer tolerate bribery, fraud and dishonesty, especially as such practices disproportionately hurt the poor. Jimmy Carter
If parents would have their children blessed at church and school, let them beware they give their children no corrupt examples at home by any carelessness, profaneness or ungodliness. Otherwise, parents will do them more harm at home than both pastors and schoolmasters can do them good abroad. Richard Greenham
Donations to political parties, candidates and elected officials should not be a means to gain personal or policy favours or buy access to politicians or civil servants…. Political parties, candidates and politicians should disclose assets, income and expenditure to an independent agency. Transparency International
Political leaders, elected by the public and vested with the power to shape public life, owe it to citizens to set better standards regarding their use of money, and their conduct, both in and out of office. Robin Hodess
We are afraid that the Forestry Ministry will become another cash cow – for politicians Longgena Ginting
The loggers are more powerful than we are …. There is bribery everywhere. Malam Sambat Kaban
… to develop a plan to promote better science education David Vitter
It's panhandling. . . That's the system we have, though. It's based on bribery. Jesse Ventura
Bribery is sure to be resorted to beyond anything yet seen. John Russell
The railroads are not run for the benefit of the 'dear public' — that cry is all nonsense — they are built by men who invest their money and expect to get a fair percentage on the same William Henry Vanderbilt
The public be damned. What does the public care for railroads except to get as much out of them for as small a consideration as possible? I don't take any stock in this silly nonsense about working for anybody's good but our own, because we are not. When we make a move, we do it because it is in our interest to do so, and not because we expect to do somebody else good. William Henry Vanderbilt
Anti-monopoly is a movement inspired by a set of fools and black-mailers. To be sure, there are some men in it whose motives are good, if their sense is not. When I want to buy up any politician, I always find the Anti-Monopolists the most purchasable. They don't come so high William Henry Vanderbilt
After all we have done to provide the needy with food, the landlords appropriate the people’s corn and use the employment of the poor to improve their properties at public expense. Queen Victoria
Can this new people, so advantageously placed for giving an example to the world of a constitution under which man may enjoy his rights, freely exercise all his faculties, and be governed only by nature, reason and justice — Can they form such a Constitution? — Can they establish it upon a never failing foundation, and guard against every source of division and corruption which may gradually undermine and destroy it? ... It is impossible not to wish ardently that this people may attain to all the prosperity of which they are capable. They are the hope of the world. They may become a model to it. They may prove by fact that men can be free and yet tranquil; and that it is in their power to rescue themselves from the chains in which tyrants and knaves of all descriptions have presumed to bind them under the pretense of the public good. They may exhibit an example of political liberty, of religious liberty, of commercial liberty, and of industry. Anne Robert Jacques Turgot
Blest paper-credit! last and best supply! That lends corruption lighter wings to fly! Alexander Pope
A government, … protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay. Amos Bronson Alcott
Rebuilding New Orleans is going to challenge the New Orleans and Louisiana state government, neither or which has been known for its efficiency or its honesty. David Wessel
The trust saga is full of “scandals, deception, dirty tricks and outright villainy,” says the presiding judge. Royce C. Lamberth
This case serves as an appalling reminder of the evils that result when large numbers of the politically powerless are placed at the mercy of institutions engendered and controlled by a politically powerful few. Royce C. Lamberth
The answer to bad religion is not secularism. It’s better religion. Jim Wallis
I was instructed let’s put out press releases touting advances and let’s minimize problems because we want the Department of Home Security to be a good news story…. But you have to tell the truth when you are in a job like this. Clark Kent Ervin
We are hiring too many people who are called politicians, and we are not holding them accountable…. You do not hire someone and not tell them what to do. Make a trip to Washington and see that they are doing what you want them to do. Wayne Perryman
We might think of prisons as miniature socialist societies, where government is in full control. For that reason, they are a complete failure for everyone but those who get the contracts to build the jails and those who work in them.… In prison, nothing takes place outside the government's purview. The people therein are wholly and completely controlled by state managers, which means that they have no value. And yet it is a place of monstrous chaos, abuse, and corruption. Is it any wonder that people coming out of prison are no better off than before they went in, and are often worse, and scarred for life? Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.
Better a hundred times an honest and capable administration of an erroneous policy than a corrupt and incapable administration of a good one. Edward John Phelps
It’s not one thing that eliminates corruption. It requires a number of factors: Education, institutions, accountability … It takes a lot of time and a lot of effort. Paul Kagame
Nothing is quite so wretchedly corrupt as an aristocracy which has lost its power but kept its wealth Alexis de Tocqueville
Corruption is a problem in almost all developing countries. Robert M. Gates
The law firms of the city swoop down like vultures on the land owners of any neighborhood where a civic improvement is planned, sometimes fifteen years in advance of actual sale, and "sign them up" in a house to house canvass with an agreement that the law firm shall receive 5 per cent of the total award. That means, of course, $50,000 for a million dollar award which can often be secured from friendly courts with very little labor. The labor, in fact, is nearly all in getting the clients and holding them together. The actual condemnation cases are perfunctory affairs. The claimants have an expert who has become known as a professional optimist. The city has an expert who is only slightly less optimistic. Norman Thomas; Paul Beecher
If our system of government were changed, so as to give to the Governor the duty of overriding and nullifying a definite elective choice by removing an elected official for acts committed prior to his election, with full public knowledge thereof, such change would create in Albany a power so dangerous in the hands of an unscrupulous Governor that the will of the electorate could be wholly destroyed. Franklin D. Roosevelt
As a matter of general sound public policy, I am very certain that there is a requirement that where a public official is under inquiry or investigation, especially an elected official, and it appears that his scale of living or the total of his bank deposits far exceeds the public salary which he is known to receive, he, the elected public official, owes a positive public duty to the community to give a reasonable or credible explanation of the sources of the deposits, or the source which enables him to maintain a scale of living beyond the amount of his salary. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The Governor has been as blind, deaf and dumb as Tammany Hall could wish him to be. Charles Henry Tuttle
The investigators were repeatedly told not by sensation mongers but by observers of high position and ability, long experience and unquestioned disinterestedness that the courts know that some of the prosecutors are crooked and the prosecutors know that some of the courts are crooked, and both know that some of the police are crooked, and the police are equally well informed as to them. If a policeman or detective who has worked hard and effectively to land a bad criminal in jail sees him get off through improper influences, he will tend to be less zealous in the next prosecution. He will be inclined to take the easiest course and merely try to get a confession without a too nice regard for the means employed. National Commission on Law Observance and Enforcement
The majority of [New York[ Supreme Court judges do not really work. Some of them are lazy. Of course there are a few who really work, but as for many of them, I would not give them $1700 a year as law clerks not to mention the $17,500 they receive. They and equally lazy lawyers are the primary cause of the congestion in our courts. Meier Steinbrink
The only way to have clean politics is to pay party district and city leaders as business executives. Annie Mathews
Wouldn't a judge be a "rotter," if he got an appointment for the Supreme Court bench from a district leader for 14 years at a salary of $25,000 a year and then just said "Thank you"? Annie Mathews
The three things a Tammany leader most dreaded were in the ascending order of repulsiveness, the penitentiary, honest industry, and biography Edwin Lawrence Godkin
He has demonstrated his incompetence to hold the said office of Sheriff, by reason of his ignorance of the duties of his office and the laws of this State pertaining to the same, and by reason of the appointment to and retention in office under him of incompetent and unworthy persons; that he has sworn falsely under oath at public hearings before the Joint Legislative Committee; that he has failed to account for or to explain the receipt and possession of large sums of money in excess of his salary as a public officer or income received from any admitted occupation or from investments, upon all of which grounds and by reason of any and all the charges hereinabove enumerated, it is respect fully submitted that said Thomas M. Farley should cease to be an incumbent of the office of Sheriff of New York County. Samuel Seabury
It is assumed that every one wants some thing. Even the strictly honorable want honors. In the list of illegitimate favors are to be counted; unconscionable grants to public utilities; undeserved deposits to friendly banks; low valuation for taxation to large corporations and individuals with a pull; a complaisant building inspector; delinquent taxes allowed to remain delinquent; appropriation for public purposes of property no longer desired by the owner at a price far in excess of actual value. For the less powerful, there are grants of market or parking privileges, poor relief, indigent soldier burials, taking care of traffic citations, lending dogs from the dog pound, and so on down to the right of unmolested profitable street-begging. Murray Seasongood
I am an organization Democrat, always have been, and always will be. Joseph V. McKee Sr.
… the polluted harpies that, under the pretense of governing this city, are feeding day and night on its quivering vitals. They are a lying, perjured, rum-soaked and libidinous lot Charles H. Parkhurst
You know, "power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely"? It's the same with powerlessness. Absolute powerlessness corrupts absolutely. Studs Terkel
Politics, as the word is commonly understood, are nothing but corruptions, and consequently of no use to a good king or a good ministry; for which reason Courts are so overrun with politics. Jonathan Swift
We must combat the over-riding interest of organizations such as The World Bank, The International Monetary fund … They work in collaboration of the most reactionary elements of Argentina. Augustin Tosco
…wealth’s influence on civic elections is still more pernicious. Money is frequently the most forcible logic, and he that carries the longest purse, will often carry the most votes. Perez Fobes
…the exorbitant wealth of individuals has a most baneful influence on public virtue, and therefore should be carefully guarded against. A wicked rich man soon corrupts a whole neighborhood, and a few of them will poison the morals of a whole community. Phillips Payson
…luxury is the result of wealth, or it makes wealth necessary. It corrupts both rich and poor, the one by possessing, the other by coveting. It sells out the fatherland to indolence and vanity; it deprives the State of all its Citizens by enslaving some of them to others and all of them to opinion. Jean Jacques Rousseau
The chief agent responsible for promoting the passions at the expense of justice turns out to be wealth. Eric Nelson
In every country, and under every government, particular men may be too rich. John Trenchard
…making our city well-armed, and thus creating the chance for Florence to achieve glorious victories, giving public office to men of good reputation and conduct, making it easy to punish the crimes of anyone who follows evil paths: all these measures together would result in the rich being less esteemed than they are today. Francesco Guicciardini
It would be necessary to eliminate the excessive regard and esteem for wealth, because the craving for riches erodes the desire for true glory, prevents the cultivation of the virtues and results in countless seizures of what belongs to others, as well as many other dishonorable actions. Francesco Guicciardini
Evidence that has surfaced has cast a black cloud of distrust over our entire society. Our citizens do not know whom to believe, and many of them have concluded that all the processes of government have become so compromised that honest government has been rendered impossible. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
We have a no taxes. We have a religious tax that is non-enforceable. Bandar Bin Sultan
Of $350 billion that was used for good purposes let’s say that $50 billion was for improper purposes. I say, so what! Bandar Bin Sultan
They are spinning and people are dying. Ray Nagin
For Russians, a map is a kind of visual compensation, a special emotional sublimation, and also an object of unconcealed pride. It also serves to elucidate and excuse all shortcomings, mistakes, poverty and stagnation. Too big a country to be reformable! - explains an opponent of reform. Too big a country to be able to clean it up! - janitors shrug their shoulders from Brest to Vladivostok. Too big a country to be able to ship merchandise everywhere! - grumble the assistants in empty shops. Ryszard Kapuscinski
Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. George Jean Nathan
I want either less corruption, or more chance to participate in it. Ashleigh Brilliant
Blest paper-credit! last and best supply! That lends corruption lighter wings to fly! Alexander Pope
Heavy vehicles and equipment from donor funded infrastructure projects are occasionally diverted for the use of the Army, especially during times of major military offensives Muttukrishna Sarvananthan
Democracy can shield the Islamic community from autocrats Rachid Ghannouchi
The declining security of African peoples as a consequence of warfare, predatory officials, and weak economies should not be eclipsed in the international community's pursuit of anti-terrorism campaigns. Richard Joseph
Nigeria first entered. . .'the dismal tunnel' on January 15, 1966, when the military overthrew all the institutions of a democratically elected government. . . If there is light at the end of this tunnel, it is imperceptible to anyone not paid to see it. Richard Joseph
I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this—who will count the votes, and how. Joseph Stalin
… no government, so called, can reasonably be trusted for a moment, or reasonably be supposed to have honest purposes in view, any longer than it depends wholly upon voluntary support Lysander Spooner
I have nothing but contempt for the kind of governor who is afraid, for whatever reason, to follow the course that he knows is best for the State; and as for the man who sets private friendship above the public welfare - I have no use for him, either. Sophocles
Money: There's nothing in the world so demoralizing as money. Sophocles
American capitalism is predatory, and American politics are corrupt: The same thing is true in England and the same in France; but in all these three countries the dominating fact is that whatever the people get ready to change the government, they can change it. The same thing is not true of Germany Upton Sinclair
Tell the King, that whole cities are in open revolt against the prosecutions, and that it is impossible to enforce the decrees here. As for myself, I shall continue to hold by the Catholic faith; but I will never give any color to the tyrannical claim of kings to dictate to the consciences of their people, and to prescribe the form of religion that they choose to impose. Call the King’s attention to the corruption that has crept into the administration of justice. Let the Government be reformed, the Privy Council and the Council of Finance, and increase the authority of the Council of State. William of Orange
I won't get involved in any business. And my children, they have their own little businesses to take care of Thaksin Shinawatra
Please forgive my honest mistake Thaksin Shinawatra
I’ve never told my children what to do. They normally advise me how things should be. They are the real owners. I still ask my wife for pocket money Thaksin Shinawatra
They may have to wait until the next life to see me resign Thaksin Shinawatra
Power, like a desolating pestilence, Pollutes whate'er it touches Percy Bysshe Shelley
The very existence of the Nation was threatened. Threatened on all sides, from the interior and exterior. From the interior, by the sterile conflicts of politicians who sacrificed the country and their compatriots to their own interests. Nothing counted for them but power...and what the exercise of power could bring them. Fill their own pockets, exploit the Congo and the Congolese, this was their trademark. Given such examples, both national and provincial administrations were mired in inertia, inefficiency, and worse yet, corruption. At all levels, many of those in our country who held a morsel of public power allowed themselves to be corrupted, served individuals and companies who paid bribes and neglected the others... ...certain politicians, to maintain themselves in power or to regain it, did not hesitate to seek help from foreign powers... ...the social, economic and financial situation of the country is catastrophic Mobutu Sese Seko; Joseph Desire
I know my people. They like grandeur. They want us to have respect abroad in the eyes of other countries. Joseph Desire Mobutu
Zaire is among America's oldest friends, and its president - President Mobutu - one of our most valued friends...And so I was honored to invite President Mobutu to be the first African head of state to come to the United States for an official visit during my presidency George W. Bush
Treating me as a thief is a grave, unacceptable, intolerable insult which stems from contempt and racist condescension Joseph Desire Mobutu
In a word, everything is for sale, anything can be bought in our country. And in this flow, he who holds the slightest cover of public authority uses it illegally to acquire money, goods, prestige or to avoid obligations. The right to be recognized by a public servant, to have one's children enrolled in school, to obtain medical care, etc. ...are all subject to this tax which, though invisible, is known and expected by all. Joseph Desire Mobutu
If you want to steal, steal a little in a nice way. But if you steal too much to become rich overnight, you'll be caught. Joseph Desire Mobutu
Technical problems can be remediated. A dishonest corporate culture is much harder to fix. Bruce Schneier
Corruption is the most dangerous public disease haunting the humanity, which diagnoses the public state of heath. The deeper is the corruption and corruption activities the sicker is the society and it needs a treatment. Tigran Sargsyan
The problem is … that many African states lack the capacity to establish the crucial conditions for capital accumulation and, additionally, act in economically irrational ways. This non-developmental or even anti-developmental thrust is manifest in the mismanagement, inefficiency, and pervasive corruption of the public sector as well as political instability and the inability to prevent widespread evasion of laws and regulations. John Richard Sandbrook
But then the question comes down to the salaries of the missionaries. Charles Evans Hughes
Laws were passed, not only for national objectives but for individual cases, and laws were most numerous when the commonwealth was most corrupt. Cornelius Tacitus
How do you criticize corrupt public officials without attacking their honor or reputation? Ismail Serageldin
I never thought I would see a President of the United States say on television that “I am not a crook.” The worst part of it was, Nixon couldn’t even look the camera in the eye. Gore Vidal
This town has become very corrupt. We need reform of lobbying. John McCain
I wasn't there for one constituent; I was there for a major economic interest of my state. John McCain
There will be more [political] scandals. There is too much money around …. It is legal for an American subsidiary corporation owned by the Chinese Army to make a major contribution to an American political party. John McCain
It’s not only what you do in politics. It’s what you appear to do. John McCain
The people who I serve believe that the means by which I came to office corrupt me. John McCain
Earmarks are the gateway to corruption. John McCain
The most misguided, naïve, uninformed, egregious decision of the United States Supreme Court … in the 21st century. To somehow view money as not having a corrupting effect on an election flies in the face of reality. I just think that just one of the five had run for county sheriff. I guarantee you … there will be scandals. There is too much money washing around political campaigns today, and it will take scandals and maybe the Supreme Court will go back and revisit this issue John McCain
People who make off with large sums of money escape justice or get insignificant sentences, while the thief who steals a handbag … gets six years…. In the United States, Nixon quit for far less. Eric Halphen
They can't hurt you now. Florence Harding
When the [political] clubhouse gets control of the seat of government, invariably the private interest outweighs the public interest, and corruption sets in. Raymond B. Harding
Men are seldom more innocently employed than when they are making money. Samuel Johnson
The Afghans are scared. Some are scared that the Americans will leave. Some are scared that the Americans will not leave. They are scared of the Taliban. They are scared of predatory government. Stanley A. McChrystal
All agreements for the transportation of oil after this date shall be upon a basis of perfect equality Cornelius Vanderbilt
Kerosene has become, by its cheapness, the people’s light the world over … Very few of the forty millions of people in the United States who burn kerosene know that its production, manufacture, and export, its price at home and abroad, have been controlled for years by a single corporation—the Standard Oil Company…. The Standard produces only one fiftieth or sixtieth of our petroleum, but dictates the price of all, and refines nine tenths. Circulars are issued at intervals by which the price of oil is fixed for all the cities of the country, except New York, where a little competition survives … This corporation has driven into bankruptcy, or out of business, or into union with itself, all the petroleum refineries of the country except five in New York, and a few of little consequence in Western Pennsylvania … Henry Demarest Lloyd
It strains credibility to expect Karzai to change fundamentally this late in life and in our relationship. Karl Eikenberry
There is nothing more frightening to a political satirist than an honest administration. Mark Russell
There is no longer any such brutal and flagrant assessing of government employees in the federal service as was customary ten years ago. There is not nearly so much as there is in the local, state, and municipal service Theodore Roosevelt
Formerly, in every campaign, national, state, or local, the office-holders were assessed all round, as a matter of course. The party committees, after consultations with the heads of departments, notified office holders outright what amount--usually about two per cent of their salary -they would be expected to pay; and at the appointed day they marched up, paid, and got their receipts. Theodore Roosevelt
Corruption in the kingdom is so great that not more than 10 percent of the taxes collected ever reach the treasury. Baltasar Moscoso y Sandoval
All governments are more or less corrupt. Henry Charles Lea
The industrial revolution was accomplished by a group of financial titans, whose methods were not scrutinized with too much care, and who were honored in proportion as they produced the results, irrespective of the means they used. Franklin D. Roosevelt
We don’t care what the cost-benefit is. We’re going to build it somehow because Congress says it’s going to be built. George Voinovich
Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Congress has become the center of legalized bribery/ Thomas Friedman
Corruption is becoming more and more sophisticated in our societies. In the institutions we are talking about, the people who are corrupt are actually the ones who set up these institutions Vincent Baqiire
Right here in this heart and home and fountain-head of law--in this great factory where are forged those rules that create good order and compel virtue and honesty in the other communities of the land, rascality achieves its highest perfection. Here rewards are conferred for conniving at dishonesty, but never for exposing it Mark Twain
An honest man in politics shines more there than he would elsewhere. Mark Twain
The new political gospel: public office is private graft. Mark Twain
PUBLIC SERVANT: Persons chosen by the people to distribute the graft. Mark Twain
… we have some legislatures that bring higher prices than any in the world. Mark Twain
...it's so hard to find men of a so high type of morals that they'll stay bought. Mark Twain
Politics is a dirty business for a gentleman . . . Booth Tarkington
The financial interests have captured the government institutions. Neil Barofsky
Government ought to be all outside and no inside. . . . Everybody knows that corruption thrives in secret places, and avoids public places, and we believe it a fair presumption that secrecy means impropriety. Woodrow Wilson
Without publicity, no good is permanent; under the auspices of publicity, no evil can continue. Jeremy Bentham
The period of Prohibition … brought on the greatest breakdown of law and order the United States has known until today. I think there is a lesson here. Do not regulate the private morals of people. Do not tell them what they can take or not take. Because if you do, they will become angry and antisocial and they will get what they want from criminals who are able to work in perfect freedom because they have paid off the police. Gore Vidal
The draft lays down a general policy, which the Queen is afraid may ultimately turn out very dangerous. It is this: England undertakes to interfere in the internal affairs of Spain, and to promote the development of the present constitutional Government of Spain in a more democratic direction, and this for the avowed purpose of counteracting the influence of France. England becomes therefore responsible for a particular direction given to the internal Government of Spain, which to control she has no sufficient means. All England can do, and will have to do, is: to keep up a particular party in Spain to support her views. France, knowing that this is directed against her, must take up the opposite party and follow the opposite policy in Spanish affairs Queen Victoria
He is stern and severe—with fixed principles of duty which nothing on earth will make him change; very clever I do not think him, and his mind is an uncivilized one; his education has been neglected; politics and military concerns are the only things he takes great interest in; the arts and all softer occupations he is insensible to, but he is sincere, I am certain, sincere even in his most despotic acts, from a sense that that is the only way to govern; he is not, I am sure, aware of the dreadful cases of individual misery which he so often causes, for I can see by various instances that he is kept in utter ignorance of many things, which his people carry out in most corrupt ways, while he thinks that he is extremely just. Queen Victoria
Between law and equity there is, perhaps there must always be, a considerable interval. Between law and absolute morality there is at times patent contradiction. The undue protection of class interests, the neglect of interests of large classes; the legislation which consults, chiefly and above all else, the profit of the legislator, whether he be king, or noble, or popular assembly; the legislation which postpones moral to material interests, and which makes havoc of man's highest good in order to gratify his lower instincts, his passing caprice, his unreasoning passion -- all this and much else appears to forbid enthusiasm for human law. Henry Parry Liddon
The Federal campaign contribution limit of $2,500 is way too low. You can’t even buy a Democrat for $2,500. James Bopp Jr.
In Washington, they do take money—I know it’s open, though it’s hard to identify—they take money from the same people they regulate. Now, in New York City, you would never get away with that … Michael Bloomberg
The United States naval and military academies are not referred to … because access to them is not free. A thoroughly vicious system of selecting the candidates for admission to these schools annuls the influence they might otherwise exert upon technical education in this country. A patron, and not a good previous training, being the essential requisite Charles W. Eliot
The building of the transcontinental railroads resulted in an orgy of political corruption. The public lands and the natural resources of coal, of iron, and of timber were lavishly wasted in the great scramble for wealth and material power. The carnival of waste and plunder reached its climax about 1890. Evidences were abundant that the great business interests of the country were controlling the government for their own private benefit. The capitalists who financed the railroads, mines, mills, packing houses, grain elevators, and other great enterprises, received from Congress favors which destroyed competition and enormously increased private fortunes. Fred Emory Haynes
Reform campaigns which periodically rock our large cities,—and our small ones, too,— … are not intellectual wars upon erroneous principles, but emotional wars upon errant men: they always revolve around the pursuit of some definite, concrete, fugitive malefactor, or group of malefactors. That is to say, they belong to popular sport rather than to the science of government. H. L. Mencken
Our profession is the chastest of all; even the shadow of a fault tarnishes the luster of our finest achievements. George Washington
Political parties exist to secure responsible government and to execute the will of the people. From these great tasks both of the old parties have turned aside. Instead of instruments to promote the general welfare they have become the tools of corrupt interests, which use them impartially to serve their selfish purposes. Theodore Roosevelt
Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics, is the first task of the statesmanship of the day. Theodore Roosevelt
The bosses of the Democratic party and the bosses of the Republican party alike have a closer grip than ever before on the party machines in the States and in the Nation. This crooked control of both the old parties by the beneficiaries of political and business privilege renders it hopeless to expect any far-reaching and fundamental service from either. Theodore Roosevelt
The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson — and I am not wholly excepting the Administration of Woodrow Wilson. The country is going through a repetition of Jackson's fight with the Bank of the United States — only on a far bigger and broader basis. Franklin D. Roosevelt
If there is corruption, it's because the political parties are weak. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
There is not upon the face of the earth today a government so utterly and shamelessly corrupt as that of the United States of America. There are others more cruel, more tyrannical, more devastating; there is none so utterly venal. Voltairine de Cleyre
American political opportunities are heavily loaded against those who are simultaneously intelligent and honest. Richard Dawkins
If a man can't put his arms around his sons and help them, then what's the world coming to? Richard Joseph Daley
At home when people go to lawmakers and induce them with trips and gifts and so on to pass legislation, it's called corruption. But in the U.S. it's actually a profession called lobbying! Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
To have good government, you often need less, not more, democracy. Kishore Mahbubani
When Congress opens the government’s purse, the benefits flow to special interests rather than the public interest. Kishore Mahbubani
Frankly, the Palestinian Authority, which is corrupt and cavorts with terror...is not the basis for a Palestinian state moving forward Condoleeza Rice
His [Prime Minister Robert Peel’s] life has been one great appropriation clause. He is a burglar of others’ intellects. There is no statesman who has committed political petty larceny on so great a scale. Benjamin Disraeli
Nothing corrupts a man so much as being an arm of the law and making men suffer. Ludwig von Mises
It is impossible for me, with any agreement to my sense of propriety, to accept any sort of compensation for services which I may endeavor to do upon a public account. Edmund Burke
We must ensure that our troops are ready when called upon, that they are fully capable of fighting, and that they must win every war Xi Jinping
Only our own corruption can destroy us and cause our armed forces to be defeated without fighting. Liu Yuan
This is not our choice but this is the law of the politics. You always reciprocate. Positively, negatively, but this is something which you cannot change. It was not invented by us. It is the law of international relations. Sergei Lavrov
One good turn deserves another. French Proverb
The endless money chase has given the appearance of corrupting government. John Kerry
The main thing is the ‘rule of corruption’: helping the horse both to race and also to get a mouthful of hay. It’s what all civil servants are secretly thinking. Our expectations for our civil servants are far too high, far too grandiose. The pressure is more than their flesh-and-blood bodies can stand. Wang Xiaofang

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