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When the severity of the law is to be softened, let pity, not bribes, be the motive. Miguel de Cervantes
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
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
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
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
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
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
Now that we have a Republican Congress, their [Republican members of Congress] job is to hold up the hands of executive departments, but they have not learned that yet. Their automatic thinking is to tear them down. Dwight D. Eisenhower
I had enabled the development of a corrupt system right under my very eyes.. Sarah Chayes
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
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
Yes, citizens, Iturbide was a traitor, a hypocrite and an impious man who destroyed the assembly in which the people had deposited their sovereignty in order to appropriate it all to himself Mexico Jalisco
… 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
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
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 usually travelled route for a great many Members of the last Congress was an exceedingly crooked one, even for politicians. Horace Greeley
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
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
Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad. Henry A. Kissinger
Corruption is a very lucrative business. Wangari Maathai
Impunity for the great thief, and jail for the thief who steals a loaf. Pablo Neruda
People have been paying their premiums for years and the insurance companies just raped them. Spike Lee
To companies we have this message: You should keep the promises that you make to your employees. George W. Bush
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
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
What vested rights so high or so sacred as a man’s right to himself, to his wife and children, to his liberty, and to the fruits of his own industry? Did not our fathers declare that those rights were inalienable? John Farnsworth
If there is one thing that unites all Palestinian people today is their resentment of corruption. Dennis Ross
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
The big thieves hang the little ones. Czech Proverb
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
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
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
Allah has cursed the one who pays bribes, the one who receives them, and the one who arranges the act between two parties. Muhammad
The best Jihad is a word of truth in the presence of an oppressive ruler. Muhammad
Recalling our history which has been characterized by political and constitutional instability … Uganda
Most major criminals operating in this country do so because of relationships they have with politicians who allow them to operate. Thomas E. Dewey
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,
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
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
The Saud family “worship money and spend it on palaces, not mosques.” If you accept what they say, they will make you rich. Otherwise, they will persecute and even torture you. Juhaiman Saif al Otaiba
When the people have self-confidence and high morale, they will begin to demand their rights and oppose the authorities’ policy and conduct. Indeed, it is this which the corrupt monarchies fear most. This is why they always attempt to trample upon the people’s dignity and morale, oppress them and subject them to ignominy in order to prevent the people from ever contemplating opposition and confrontations, and to make them yield and subjugate themselves to the ruling authorities. This is the nature of monarchy, which is rejected by Islam. This is what our people in the Arabian peninsula are suffering under al Saud’s rule. Iran
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 don't like to deal with people who are trying to kill the revolution. You need to hire a Republican! Thomas D. DeLay
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
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
Among us it is only the dogs that steal. Anonymous
Knaves imagine nothing can be done without knavery. Anonymous
Money doesn’t smell. 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
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 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
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
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
When a public official accepts a gift he dissolves the pearl of independence in the vinegar of obligation. Henry F. Ashurst
For there is nothing so social by nature, [and] so unsocial by its corruption, as this race. Saint Augustine
The chief bandit is the head of the state himself. George Ayittey
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
The first sign of corruption in a society ... is that the ends justify the means. Georges Bernanos
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
When Joe Kennedy had his stroke, all our plans went out the window. Bill Bonanno
Getting an advantage at the expense of somebody else—that really is what graft is. Louis D. Brandeis
No, but it can be rented. John Breaux
The government of the cities is the one conspicuous failure of the United States. James Bryce
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
Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot last long. Edmund Burke
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
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
Corruption is like a ball of snow; when once set a rolling, it must increase. Charles Caleb Colton
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
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
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
Debt is a prolific mother of folly and of crime. Benjamin Disraeli
Clinton talks reform, but it's business as usual in Washington with different pigs at the trough. Sam Donaldson
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
Gifts can incline great hearts. English Proverb or Saying
He that does evil hates the light. English Proverb or Saying
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
Some statesmen go to Congress and some go to jail. It is the same thing, after all. Eugene Field
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
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
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
One good thing about not having any clout is that all this money didn't come in and try to buy me. Henry B. Gonzalez
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
Most members of Congress were simply on the take from the savings and loan industry. Edwin J. Gray
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
One only needs a big enough bribe to give in like a lamb. Nicholas Freeling
The first line of the U. S. Constitution is “We the people” … in thriving democracies any time that any player takes a key decision that ignores or evades “We the people” he violates the spirit of democracy and condemns himself to illegitimacy. Thomas Friedman
He that buyeth Magistracy, must sell justice. Thomas Fuller
Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Book of Galatians
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 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
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
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
If you have to pay money to have the right thing done, it is only just and fair to do it. Collis Potter Huntington
We have even made businessmen return money that they have looted from the Exchequer in the past. Mushastaid Hussain
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
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
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
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 have sat at the sumptuous table of power, but I have not run away with the silverware. Diosdado Macapagal
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
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
I knew I took a risk, to confront people who were engaged in corrupt activities. Leslie Manigat
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 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
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
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
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
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
[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
There used to be a civility. Today, members of Congress would rather destroy another member than compromise. John Myers
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
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
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
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
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
The rule of several bad men does not last long, and easily decays to the rule of a single tyrant. Bartolo of Sassoferrato
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
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
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 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
You learn to look the other way. If you go after all the corruption, you end up blowing up your own administration. Richard Shenkman
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
Exclusive property is a theft in nature. Jacques Pierre Brissot
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
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
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
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
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 am not a bookkeeper! Victoriano Huerta
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
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
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
I never liked the Hierarchy of the Church … but if the Clergy combine, they will have their influence on Government Rufus King
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
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
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
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
Without legal and political institutions that control corruption, pro-growth policies will be ineffective. Larry Diamond
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
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.
Who taught us corruption? I believe it was you, frankly... It's an import. Joseph Desire Mobutu
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
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
Some voices are calling on America to circle the wagons. Some are even saying that our enemies do worse, so we should respond in kind. The problem here is that this is America. This is a constitutional republic based on the rule of law and equal respect for all persons. We can’t pretend that we can bend the rules any which way. We made the rules for ourselves. We have to live by them Michael Ignatieff
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
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
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
We are not allowed to refer to certain things that he does not like. Anna Politkovskaya
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
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
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
Crimes of the Clergy William Benbow
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
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
Today we have families that can buy a congressman and families that cannot buy food for the table. Barbara Ehrenreich
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
Corruption can be a lubricant reducing the friction between new elites and old elites in a period of rapid change. Samuel P. Huntington
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
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
One major obstacle in the fight against corruption is the reluctance of individuals to ‘blow the whistle’ on corrupt activities. Fear of retribution from employers or colleagues dissuades many from reporting cases of corruption. employees to raise concerns without fear of reprisal. Third, workers themselves must know and understand their rights under the law in order to be able to report misconduct in a proper manner. Richard Calland
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
The corrupt are running out of places to hide. Peter Eigen
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
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
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
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 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
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
It worked! Thank God it worked. Warren E. Burger
We’ve come pretty far on this old, rickety, 18th century, political system, and I for one like it. Jon Meacham
We the People …. Gouverneur Morris
We are tackling the inefficiency and corruption that has long plagued the New Orleans Housing Authority. Barack Obama
How can it be illegal or unethical if the most important man in Congress is doing it? Nancy 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
I had to cheat, steal, beg, borrow and lie…. Pete Kott
The system of government in Pakistan doesn't work. It's corrupt, and the people are tired of it. Abdul Rashid Ghazi
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
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
The oil companies legally bribe members of Congress to allow them to drill for oil in the ANWR. Jimmy Carter
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
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
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
The hanky-panky in public service that really matters is about money and not sex. Froma Harrop
I either want less corruption, or more chance to participate in it. Ashleigh Brilliant
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
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
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
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
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
Be alike independent of crowned-kings. money-kings, and land-kings. Abraham Lincoln
Corruption is a greater danger to us in Afghanistan than the Taliban…. It starts with President Karzai and goes all the way down. It’s just rotten from top to bottom over there. Stephen F. Lynch
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
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
Corruption in Nigeria is blocking development even though they have all this oil wealth. Bill Gates
Mr. Ten Percent Asif Ali Zardari
Corruption is a cancer on the body of development. James Wolfensohn
The cloven-foot of self-interest was now and then to be seen aneath the robe of public principle. John Galt
The great thieves are leading away the little thief. Diogenes
Revolutionary leadership requires resistance to corruption. Kemal Ataturk
Sending someone to be a non-voting delegate to Congress is like sending a eunuch to an orgy. Julius W. Hobson Jr.
Abramoff did not own me, but we did engage in the culture of corruption together. Robert William Ney
… 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
I would like to avail myself of this opportunity to express my deepest respect to the souls of our innocent countrymen, who were victims of the killings and heinous acts during the Democratic Kampuchea regime. To those who lost their loved ones to the regime, I am sorry. It was my fault to be too foolish, and failed to keep up with the real situation. I tried my best for the sake of our nation’s survival, so that we might enjoy development and prosperity like other nations. I am so surprised that this turned out to be mass murder. Khieu Samphan
Officials are under a constant temptation to misuse their power for the private profit of themselves or others. Edward Bellamy
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
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
Bribery is sure to be resorted to beyond anything yet seen. John Russell
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
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
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
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
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 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 only way to have clean politics is to pay party district and city leaders as business executives. Annie Mathews
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 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
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
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
I won't get involved in any business. And my children, they have their own little businesses to take care of 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
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
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
But then the question comes down to the salaries of the missionaries. Charles Evans Hughes
This town has become very corrupt. We need reform of lobbying. John McCain
Earmarks are the gateway to corruption. 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
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
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
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
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
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
The new political gospel: public office is private 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
Whiskey is carried into committee rooms in demijohns and carried out in demagogues. Mark Twain
The financial interests have captured the government institutions. Neil Barofsky
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
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
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
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
One good turn deserves another. French Proverb
Political fealty trumps merit in the administration’s dealing with contractors. New York Times
Where there has been a major, major corruption scandal, that was the catalyst for very specific reform. Gordon Witkin
We [California] don’t have a corrupt legislature, but in part that’s because they don’t have a lot to sell — they don’t have that much discretion,” Joe Mathews
Louisiana showed up at the top of a study of political corruption that calculated the number of convictions per capita. Georgia came out as worst on a corruption risk report from the State Integrity Investigation, which measured factors like accountability, transparency and ethics enforcement. Gail Collins
We have three people in the State Legislature facing trial. Four of the last seven governors have gone to jail. And we’re a fiscal train wreck. Andy Shaw
We are attacking corruption and every corrupt person—no matter how important he is—will go to jail. Juan Manuel Santos
He [previous President Uribe] has criticized this government for unveiling a lot of corruption: he thinks it is an attack on his government. But I have said no, it is not an attack on his government, it is an attack on the corrupt people, and I will continue to do that. Juan Manuel Santos
I beg to present to your attention the case of Mr. Samuel Allen, a great friend of ours [The Democrats], who is in great need of a small appointment under your department for which he has applied. He would be very content with something for a time of not very high rank …. His is an entirely reliable man, and I should be personally glad if you could help him. Samuel J. Tilden
Both sides are so corrupt in Haiti that it doesn’t matter which one wins. Jack Germond
The people would think I was a fool for not having taken twice as much. Benjamin Franklin
Neither ethical lapses nor public corruption are commonplace, let alone tolerated.. William J. Howell
Virginia is for Lovers of unlimited political gifts, anything goes campaign spending, lax ethics rules, and minimal oversight. Marianne Seregi
I don’t remember. John D. Rockefeller
We have to buy our own President J. Pierpont Morgan
I never bought a man who wasn’t for sale. Wiliam Andrews Clark
Political authority is problematic in Africa because of the blurry dividing line between the public and the private realm. Formal rules matter less than a series of informal institutions that regulate politics. Goran Hyden
Corruption has also proved difficult to root out because it is not simply a matter of the powerful preying on the weak.… graft and fraud can offer ways for a poor person to climb the socioeconomic ladder. Basharat Peer
Mafia states integrate the speed and flexibility of transnational criminal networks with the legal protections and diplomatic privileges enjoyed only by states. Moises Naim
… a succession of generals who held the chief antidrug post in Mexico are now in prison for taking part in the very kind of crime they were supposed to prevent. Moises Naim
In Mafia states government officials enrich themselves and their families and friends while exploiting the money, muscle, political influence, and global connections of criminal syndicates to cement and expand their own power…Top positions in some of the world’s most profitable illicit enterprises are no longer filled only by professional criminals; they now include senior government officials, legislators, spy chiefs, heads of police departments, military officers, and, in some extreme cases, even heads of state and their families. Moises Naim
the high moral ones cost more because they give tone to a measure. Mark Twain
No enemy of free government is more dangerous and none so insidious as corruption. Theodore Roosevelt
To Serve and Collect Mother Jones
The Mexican oil and gas monopoly, Pemex, literally fuels corruption. Fareed Zakaria
We need to focus, not only the buyers of influence, but also on the sellers of influence. Peter Schweizer
What Westerners would call corruption is not a scourge of the system but the basic principle of its normal functioning. Corruption in Russia is a form of transactional grease in the absence of any generally accepted and legally codified alternative. Vladislav Inozemtsev
The cohesive power of public plunder. John C. Calhoun
... we've passed from the age of the common man to the common crook. John Kenneth Galbraith
Too many leaders in … countries turned out to be more interested in using their freedom to loot rather than liberate. Thomas Friedman
Everyone has a price, the important thing is to find out that price Pablo Escobar
Corruption could lead to the collapse of the Party [Communist Party of China] and the downfall of the State. Xi Jinping
Many government officials have very high moral standards at the beginning of their duties, but after a while some officials sway from the right path and easily fall into the temptation of bribery and fraud. Jiang Yi-huah
It has often been said that power corrupts. But it is perhaps equally important to realize that weakness, too, corrupts. Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many. Hatred, malice, rudeness, intolerance, and suspicion are the faults of weakness. The resentment of the weak does not spring from any injustice done to them but from the sense of inadequacy and impotence. They hate not wickedness but weakness. When it is their power to do so, the weak destroy weakness wherever they see it. Eric Hoffer
I view the [credit] ratings agencies as one of the key culprits. They were the party that performed the alchemy that converted the securities from F-rated to A-rated. The banks could not have done what they did without the complicity of the ratings agencies. Joseph Stiglitz
His position makes him one of the richest men in the world coming from one of the poorest countries of the world. Sung Yoon Lee
It is easier to fix roads and train police than to change the deep-rooted incentives and habits of those in power. Jason K. Stearns
Being a politician from Louisiana is emotionally difficult. Everyone you meet outside the state thinks you’re corrupt, and most of the folk in the state are sure of it. Gillis William Long
Corruption is an endemic evil—a cultural problem, not only for Mexico but for all Latin America Enrique Pena Nieto
The real scandal in Washington is not what is against the law. It is what is not against the law. Michael Kinsley
Those of us who have looked to the self-interest of lending institutions to protect shareholders’ equity, myself included, are in a state of shocked disbelief Alan Greenspan
Thou Shalt Not Steal! Theodore Roosevelt
The origin of corruption in politics is surely in the thought that you are the bearer of ultimate virtue. Bruce William Powe
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
A millionaire can buy a Senate seat just as he would buy an opera box or a yacht or any other luxury in which he can afford to indulge himself. In some instances the sale takes the form of open bribery of the legislators; more often the Senate seat was simply the satisfaction of a ‘claim’ acknowledged by the leaders of the party and created by large contributions to the party treasury. New York Times
Our members are returned by the fear or dependence, not the affection or choice of the electoral body. Unaccountable for their conduct in Parliament, their venality is unrestrained and universal corruption reigns in the House. Walter Hussey Burgh
The exorbitant and barbarous customs of the clergy … should be taken away by Act of Parliament Anonymous
Guilt only dreads Liberty of Speech, which drags it out of its lurking Holes, and exposes its Deformity and Horror to Day-light. Marcus Porcius Cato
Corruption was not merely political; it was financial, commercial, social. Lincoln Steffens
… public spirit became private spirit, public enterprise became private greed. Lincoln Steffens
When Americans really agree that corruption is treason, the traitors will be punished, not legally alone, but as [Benedict] Arnold was, by the insufferable and blasting scorn of his fellow men. New York Times
To have you turn your searchlight on Washington politics is better than anything our guardian angel could do for us—on earth at least. Belle Case La Follette
It is too early to tell where Mobutu will draw the line between corruption and the ‘normal’ use of payments and patronage to facilitate operations. U. S. State Department
Every man has his price. Robert Walpole
We live in a country where Wall Street owns Washington. Evan Thomas
Eat quietly, take gently and play secretly. Anonymous
It is never exactly clear what makes something a quid or a quo. Max Ehrenfreund
Deciding whether a contribution is corrupt is difficult without knowing the motives of the donor. Max Ehrenfreund
Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist. Edmund Burke
We elect these people not to represent their parties but to represent us. Christine Todd Whitman
I don’t think it is right that we spend the money to investigate only to have the laws give immunity retroactively. Maybe there should be protection for political decisions. But if you stole a million dollars you should be treated like a common criminal. Leandros Rakintzis
In order to get people — in many cases Greeks who have lived and worked elsewhere — to come here and take these jobs, you have to say that they will not be held responsible. These laws are not so much to cover scandal but to allow government to function. Nicos C. Alivizatos
Graft Philosopher. Lincoln Steffens
The use of billions of dollars to fund election campaign and pay lobbyists to author legislation is not politics. It is legalized bribery. Chris Hedges
The only people whose views count in the legislation that passes are those with big money. It doesn’t matter what the great majority of Americans want. Our Congress is bought. Jeffrey Sachs
My father was a slave and my people died to build this country, and I'm going to stay right here and have a part of it, just like you. And no fascist-minded people like you will drive me from it. Is that clear? Paul Robeson
There is a public perception that the Republican Party is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wall Street. Mike Huckabee
I believe it is easier to change the Constitution than to change the word of the living God. Mike Huckabee
I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such;… I doubt too whether any other Convention we can obtain may be able to make a better Constitution….It therefore astonishes me, Sir, to find this system approaching so near to perfection as it does; and I think it will astonish our enemies, who are waiting with confidence to hear that our councils are confounded like those of the Builders of Babel; and that our States are on the point of separation, only to meet hereafter for the purpose of cutting one another's throats. Thus I consent, Sir, to this Constitution because I expect no better, and because I am not sure, that it is not the best. Benjamin Franklin
Tolerance of corruption, explicit and implicit, has made it impossible to govern…. We need absolute transparency of all the assets of government officials. Ashraf Ghani
Politics is so corrupt that even the dishonest people get fucked. George Carlin
The challenge that worries us most comes from within, from within the People’s Republic of China and from within our own party…. I’ve said there’ll be no end to this, because if there’s a backlash, there’ll be big problems Wang Qishan
It is generally better to have public officials resented because they earn more money than the average for the society, than it is for those officials to be resented for their corrupt practices in order to better their income. Lewis D. Eigen
Russia ... suffers the dubious distinction of being the most corrupt developed country in the world, and its resource-extracting, rent-seeking economic system has reached a dead end. Stephen Kotkin
It is very easy for many Americans to say, I hate racism, I hate homophobia, I hate sexism, but it is a little bit harder for people in the middle or upper middle class to say, maybe we do have to deal with the greed of Wall Street, Bernie Sanders
Of neither parties to take no bribe; Of lord nor fellow, whoever he be, Of them thou take no manner of fee; And as a judge stand upright, And then thou dost to both good right And truly do this wheresoever thou goest, Thy worship, thy profit, it shall be most. Freemasonry
Large-scale corruption persists, with Afghanistan third from the bottom in international rankings, ahead of only Somalia and North Korea. Adjusted for inflation, American spending to reconstruct Afghanistan now exceeds the total expended to rebuild all of Western Europe under the Marshall Plan; yet to have any hope of surviving, the Afghan government will for the foreseeable future remain almost completely dependent on outside support. Andrew J. Bacevich
Single-party rule fostered a culture of corruption that touched the highest levels of government, as well as the Erdogan family. On December 17, 2013, police officers raided several homes, seized $17.5 million in cash, and detained fifty-two people with ties to the AKP. Prosecutors charged fourteen people with bribery, corruption, fraud, and money laundering. Four ministers resigned. As the crackdown unfolded, Erdogan called Bilal, his son, instructing him to dispose of cash at several family homes. Wiretaps recorded the calls. At eight in the morning on December 17, 2013, Erdogan called Bilal: “Now I’m telling you, whatever you have in the house, get rid of it, OK?” Father and son spoke four times during the day. In their last conversation, Bilal indicated: [I still have] “30 million euros ($39 million) that we could not yet get rid of.” Erdogan assured Bilal, “Whatever, we will deal with it.” Bilal indicated “Berat Albayrak, (Erdogan’s son-in-law and current minister of energy), “has an idea to buy villas from Sehrizar Apartments. What did you think?” The case was white washed. Prosecutors and police were fired and incriminating tapes destroyed to get rid of the evidence. David L. Phillips (International Affairs)
We will pray for the downfall of the government that misrepresents us. Desmond Tutu
What are we to do? Sit back and let the President police himself? Karl Racine
With most Americans living on farms or in very small towns, and even ­city ­dwellers residing in ­close-­knit neighborhoods, everyone knew who belonged to which party and, even more important, who could deliver the goods. Party officials were true community leaders, not strangers with fancy titles. And these leaders ­made good—­to reformers’ eternal frustration. The infamous “Boss” William Marcy Tweed of New York was typical. In the 1870s, Tweed busily lined his and his buddies’ pockets while also passing out constituent services personally and spectacularly, ranging from Christmas turkeys for the needy to roads, buildings, and parks to transform Manhattan. Gil Troy
The theory of communism is that the government takes money from the haves to help the have-nots; the reality is the government helps itself. In capitalistic America, four of the five richest counties surround Washington, D.C. If we were communists, it would be five. Stephen Borkowski