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Oscar LevantThe only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too.

—  Oscar Levant, 1906-1972, American pianist

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H.L. MenckenEvery election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

TalleyrandA married man with a family will do anything for money.

—  Talleyrand, 1754-1838, French statesman & diplomat

Eric HofferPower corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many.

—  Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, American writer & philosopher

Eric HofferAbsolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.

—  Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, American writer & philosopher

Gore VidalBy the time a man gets to be presidential material, he's been bought ten times over.

—  Gore Vidal, 1925-2012, American writer

Charles Caleb ColtonCorruption is like a ball of snow, once it's set a rolling it must increase.

—  Charles Caleb Colton, 1780-1832, English cleric & writer

Francis BaconI usually accept bribes from both sides so that tainted money can never influence my decision.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

Bob MarleyIf something can corrupt you, you're corrupted already.

—  Bob Marley, 1945-1981, Jamaican singer

George WashingtonFew men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

—  George Washington, 1732-1799, the first American President

Dwight EisenhowerBeware the influence of the military-industrial complex.

—  Dwight Eisenhower, 1890-1969, American general & President

Harry TrumanYou can't get rich in politics unless you're a crook.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Samuel JohnsonHe that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly become corrupt.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

George Bernard ShawDemocracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925


Latin Quotes

Latin phraseThe corruption of the best is the worst.

Corruptio optimi pessima est.

—  Latin phrase


Funny Quotes

Rodney DangerfieldThe way my luck is running, if I was a politician I would be honest.

—  Rodney Dangerfield, 1924-2004, American comedian

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Proverbs

English proverbEvery man has his price.

—  English proverb

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International proverbA golden key can open any door.

—  International proverb

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