Quotations on Corruption

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For us Africans, literature must serve a purpose: to expose, embarrass, and fight corruption and authoritarianism. It is understandable why the African artist is utilitarian.
- Ama Ata Aidoo
(Keywords: African, Artist, Corruption, Fight, Literature)

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
(Keywords: Life, Politics, Time, Mother, Father, Bed, Corruption, Play)

I have a very steadfast tendency to parent myself, to monitor my development into the person I want to be. I've tried to keep the corruption minimal.
- Fiona Apple
(Keywords: Development, Corruption, Want)

Photography does not create eternity, as art does; it embalms time, rescuing it simply from its proper corruption.
- Andre Bazin
(Keywords: Art, Time, Corruption, Eternity, Photography)

I filed the ethics complaint against Tom DeLay not because I'm a Democrat and he's a Republican or even because he drew me out of my congressional seat but because he engaged in corruption to further his plans to disenfranchise voters in Texas.
- Chris Bell
(Keywords: Complaint, Corruption, Delay, Ethics, Republican)

The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means.
- Georges Bernanos
(Keywords: Society, Corruption, End, First)

What saddens me is the corruption of youth and beauty, and the loss of soul, which is only replaced by money.
- Lisa Bonet
(Keywords: Money, Beauty, Soul, Corruption, Loss, Youth)

Big government conservatives are spending trillions and wasting billions. Republicans are no longer the party of fiscal conservancy, but the party of runaway spending and corruption.
- Sherrod Brown
(Keywords: Government, Corruption, Party, Republicans)

As a consequence, the Court ruled that the limits on campaign spending violated the First Amendment, but it accepted the $1,000 limit on individual contributions on the ground that the need to avoid the appearance of corruption justified this limited constraint on speech.
- James L. Buckley
(Keywords: Appearance, Corruption, Court, First, Limits, Speech)

What people fail to appreciate is that the currency of corruption in elective office is, not money, but votes.
- James L. Buckley
(Keywords: Money, People, Corruption, Office)

This source of corruption, alas, is inherent in the democratic system itself, and it can only be controlled, if at all, by finding ways to encourage legislators to subordinate ambition to principle.
- James L. Buckley
(Keywords: Ambition, Corruption, Legislators)

Look, we know we screwed up when we were in the majority. We fell in love with power. We spent way too much money - especially on earmarks. There was too much corruption when we ran this place. We were guilty. And that's why we lost.
- Eric Cantor
(Keywords: Love, Money, Power, Corruption, Majority)

Wherever you see a man who gives someone else's corruption, someone else's prejudice as a reason for not taking action himself, you see a cog in The Machine that governs us.
- John Jay Chapman
(Keywords: Action, Corruption, Machine, Man, Prejudice, Reason)

The duty of youth is to challenge corruption.
- Kurt Cobain
(Keywords: Challenge, Corruption, Duty, Youth)

I've been not only articulating the dissatisfaction with Albany, I've been acting on it. I've been very aggressive in bringing public integrity cases and public corruption cases and bringing cases against sitting legislators.
- Andrew Cuomo
(Keywords: Acting, Corruption, Integrity, Legislators, Public)

New York State is upside down and backwards; high taxes and low performance. The New York State government was at one time a national model. Now, unfortunately, it's a national disgrace. Sometimes, the corruption in Albany could even make Boss Tweed blush.
- Andrew Cuomo
(Keywords: Government, Time, Boss, Performance, Blush, Corruption, Disgrace, Now, State, Taxes)

Money and corruption are ruining the land, crooked politicians betray the working man, pocketing the profits and treating us like sheep, and we're tired of hearing promises that we know they'll never keep.
- Ray Davies
(Keywords: Money, Corruption, Hearing, Land, Man, Politicians, Promises, Sheep)

Simply that we are mirroring the trends in society, at any given time smuggling was an issue in the seventies, corruption is an issue today, and we faithfully reflect those issues.
- Ajay Devgan
(Keywords: Time, Society, Corruption, Today)

And I am saying, how about the other two branches? And putting the pressure on our representatives in the Senate and the Congress, and the court system. They should be counter-acting this corruption, but they are sitting there silent.
- Sibel Edmonds
(Keywords: Congress, Corruption, Court, Pressure, Saying, Senate)

Until we can fully grasp the extent of corruption and fraud involved in the administration of the Oil-for-Food program, and until the United Nations decides to cooperate in the investigation, no American taxpayer dollars should go to the United Nations.
- John Ensign
(Keywords: American, Corruption, Fraud, Investigation, Nations, Oil, United)

Public office is supposed to be a public trust. This is a clear sign of the rampant corruption at the highest levels of the Republican leadership.
- Bob Etheridge
(Keywords: Leadership, Trust, Corruption, Office, Public, Public trust, Republican)

Look at Mexico. We need to make that government better and end the corruption. If people have a better life in their country, they won't come over here.
- Tony Garza
(Keywords: Government, Life, People, Corruption, Country, End)

The time has come to tell the truth about the corruption of the government employee unions in this country.
- Newt Gingrich
(Keywords: Government, Time, Truth, Corruption, Country)

In this financial year we will be spending at least $1.5 billion on foreign aid and we cannot be sure that this money will be properly spent, as corruption and mismanagement in many of the recipient countries are legend.
- Pauline Hanson
(Keywords: Money, Financial, Corruption, Countries, Will)

If, as is natural, you focus on the corruption and on those threatened institutions that are trying to prevent change - even though they don't really know what they're trying to prevent - then you can get pessimistic.
- Paul Hawken
(Keywords: Change, Corruption, Focus, Trying)

All religions have based morality on obedience, that is to say, on voluntary slavery. That is why they have always been more pernicious than any political organization. For the latter makes use of violence, the former - of the corruption of the will.
- Alexander Herzen
(Keywords: Morality, Corruption, Obedience, Slavery, Violence, Will)

This is a matter of public health. The public was sick and tired of DeLay and his corruption.
- Jim Hightower
(Keywords: Health, Corruption, Delay, Public)

The delicate thing about the university is that it has a mixed character, that it is suspended between its position in the eternal world, with all its corruption and evils and cruelties, and the splendid world of our imagination.
- Richard Hofstadter
(Keywords: Imagination, Character, Corruption, University, World)

Over the last decade, at considerable cost to me in money and effort, confronted with ridicule and intimidation, I have brought more than a dozen lawsuits challenging the corruption in the election process in Tennessee.
- John Jay Hooker
(Keywords: Money, Corruption, Effort, Ridicule)

It's very simple. If the American people care about a lot of things including corruption in government, then, in fact, if you use the power to appoint in order to do political business, to clear fields, to save your party money and so on, if it's not a crime - and I believe it is - it certainly is business as usual, politics of corruption.
- Darrell Issa
(Keywords: Business, Money, Politics, Power, Government, People, American, Care, Corruption, Crime, Fact, Order, Party)

I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to many members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office.
- Andrew Jackson
(Keywords: People, Successful, Corruption, Country, Day, Rights, Liberty, Office, Promises)

The great constitutional corrective in the hands of the people against usurpation of power, or corruption by their agents is the right of suffrage; and this when used with calmness and deliberation will prove strong enough.
- Andrew Jackson
(Keywords: Power, People, Corruption, Right, Will)

Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.
- Thomas Jefferson
(Keywords: Power, Corruption, Country, Destruction, First, Now, Road, Will)

And it is to rock the soul and lead the person to immorality, corruption - to forget their prayers, to forget their God. And thus the world has partaken of the spirit of the Negro race, accepting their ways.
- Warren Jeffs
(Keywords: God, Soul, Corruption, Forget, Race, Spirit, World)

If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.
- Abdul Kalam
(Keywords: Mother, Father, Corruption, Country, Difference, Key, Nation)

They have seized upon the government by bribery and corruption. They have made speculation and public robbery a science. They have loaded the nation, the state, the county, and the city with debt.
- Denis Kearney
(Keywords: Government, Science, Bribery, Corruption, Debt, Nation, Public, State)

Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.
- John F. Kennedy
(Keywords: Power, War, Communism, Corruption, Country)

Then there is the worst part of Christianity, which is awful: power, corruption, manipulation... But then again, these feature are ever present in any organization.
- Bruce Kent
(Keywords: Power, Christianity, Corruption, Manipulation, Present)

The knife of corruption endangered the life of New York City. The scalpel of the law is making us well again.
- Edward Koch
(Keywords: Life, Corruption, Law)

Still, corruption and oppression are far too common threats to the democratic society.
- Anna Lindh
(Keywords: Society, Corruption, Oppression)

I have absolutely no idea what my generation did to enrich our democracy. We dropped the ball. We entered a period of complacency and closed our eyes to the public corruption of our democracy.
- Wynton Marsalis
(Keywords: Idea, Corruption, Democracy, Eyes, Public)

We establish no religion in this country, nor will we ever. But we poison our society when we remove its theological underpinnings. We court corruption when we leave society devoid of belief.
- Jeff Miller
(Keywords: Religion, Society, Belief, Corruption, Country, Court, Poison, Will)

Whoever looks at America will see: the ship is powered by stupidity, corruption, or prejudice.
- Johann Most
(Keywords: America, Corruption, Prejudice, Stupidity, Will)

I used to look down on the world for being corrupt, but now I adore it for the utter magnificence of that corruption.
- Richard J. Needham
(Keywords: Being, Corruption, Magnificence, Now, World)

The beast for me is greed. Whether you read Dante, Swift, or any of these guys, it always boils down to the same thing: the corruption of the soul.
- Ben Nicholson
(Keywords: Soul, Corruption, Greed)

Corruption, the greatest single bane of our society today.
- Olusegun Obasanjo
(Keywords: Society, Corruption, Today)

We are angry about paying the highest income taxes and property taxes in the nation and getting less and less for it. We are angry about our incompetent, dysfunctional government that pays no attention to the desires of the people. We are angry about the cesspool of corruption and conflicts of interests and self-dealing that is Albany.
- Carl Paladino
(Keywords: Government, People, Attention, Corruption, Income, Nation, Property, Self, Taxes)

Other than my hundreds of arrests I really don't have that much experience with the law. While the majority of people aren't corrupt, there certainly is an awful lot of corruption in this country.
- James Patterson
(Keywords: Experience, People, Corruption, Country, Law, Majority)

I would like to end world hunger and create world peace, stop corruption, stop drugs getting to kids.
- Kelly Preston
(Keywords: Peace, Corruption, Drugs, End, Hunger, Kids, World)

In some of the countries where we operate, there is a tradition of corruption, in which the political elites work with business in the framework of unsavory relationships.
- Lee R. Raymond
(Keywords: Business, Work, Corruption, Countries, Relationships, Tradition)



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