Corruption is spiritual or moral impurity or deviation from an ideal. Corruption may include many activities including bribery and embezzlement. Government, or 'political', corruption occurs when an office-holder or other governmental employee acts in an official capacity for personal gain.
- THE CORRUPT FEAR US · THE HONEST SUPPORT US · THE HEROIC JOIN US.
- He that accuses all mankind of corruption ought to remember that he is sure to convict only one
- Edmund Burke, In letter to the to the Sheriffs of Bristol, (4 April 1777)
- Corruption exists because there is too much, not too little, market.
- Ha-Joon Chang, in Bad Samaritans (2008), Prologue, p. xxv
- History shows that, at earlier stages of economic development, corruption is difficult to control. The fact that today no country that is very poor is very clean suggests that a country has to rise above absolute poverty before it can significantly reduce venality in the system.
- Ha-Joon Chang, in Bad Samaritans (2008), Ch. 8: Zaire vs Indonesia, Should we turn our backs on corrupt and undemocratic countries?, Prosperity and honesty, p. 151
- I have nothing against the smell of rot but something against what hides the smell of rot in the United States of America."
- Giannina Braschi, "United States of Banana," (2011).
- * * thieves at home must hang; but he that puts
Into his overgorged and bloated purse
The wealth of Indian provinces, escapes.
- William Cowper, The Task (1785), Book I, line 736
- But Jehovah looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see whether anyone has insight, whether anyone is seeking Jehovah. They have all turned aside; they are all alike corrupt. No one is doing good, not even one.
- The Letheri are masters at corrupting words, their meanings. They call war peace, they call tyranny liberty. On which side of the shadow you stand decides a word's meaning. Words are the weapons used by those who see others with contempt. A contempt which only deepens when they see how those others are deceived and made into fools because they choose to believe. Because in their naivety they thought the meaning of a word was fixed, immune to abuse.
- Corruption is a tree, whose branches are
Of an immeasurable length: they spread
Ev'rywhere; and the dew that drops from thence
Hath infected some chairs and stools of authority.
- John Fletcher, The Honest Man's Fortune (1613; published 1647), Act III, scene 3.
- Corrupted freemen are the worst of slaves.
- David Garrick, Prologue to the Gamesters.
- When rogues like these (a sparrow cries)
To honours and employments rise,
I court no favor, ask no place,
For such preferment is disgrace.
- John Gay, Fables (1727), Part II. Fable 2.
- At length corruption, like a general flood
(So long by watchful ministers withstood),
Shall deluge all; and avarice, creeping on,
Spread like a low-born mist, and blot the sun.
- Alexander Pope, Moral Essays (1731-35), Epistle III, line 135.
- Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges.
- Translation: The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government.
- Variant: The more corrupt the state, the more laws.
- Original Quote: And now bills were passed, not only for national objects but for individual cases, and laws were most numerous when the commonwealth was most corrupt.
- Tacitus, Book III,27. Annals (117)
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 140.
- Spiritalis enim virtus sacramenti ita est ut lux: etsi per immundos transeat, non inquinatur.
- The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light: although it passes among the impure, it is not polluted.
- Augustine of Hippo, Works, Volume III. In Johannis Evang. Cap. I. Tr. V. Section XV.
- 'Tis the most certain sign, the world's accurst
That the best things corrupted, are the worst;
'Twas the corrupted Light of knowledge, hurl'd
Sin, Death, and Ignorance o'er all the world;
That Sun like this (from which our sight we have)
Gaz'd on too long, resumes the light he gave.
- Sir John Denham, Progress of Learning.
- I know, when they prove bad, they are a sort of the vilest creatures: yet still the same reason gives it: for, Optima corrupta pessima: the best things corrupted become the worst.
- Owen Feltham, Resolves, XXX. Of Woman, p. 70. Pickering's Reprint of Fourth Ed. (1631).
- So true is that old saying, Corruptio optimi pessima.
- Samuel Purchas, Pilgrimage, To the Reader; of religion. Saying may be traced to Thomas Aquinas, Prim. Soc., Art. I. 5. Aristotle, Eth. Nic., VIII. 10. 12. Eusebius, Demon. Evang. I, IV, Chapter XII, St. Gregory, Moralia on Job.
- The men with the muck-rake are often indispensable to the well-being of society, but only if they know when to stop raking the muck.
- Theodore Roosevelt, address at the Corner-stone laying of the Office Building of House of Representatives (April 14, 1906).
- Communism is the corruption of a dream of justice.
- Speech in Urbana, Illinois (1951); as quoted in Adlai's Almanac: The Wit and Wisdom of Stevenson of Illinois (1952), p. 20.