A Quote by Richard Milhouse Nixon on war, america, and corruption

Never has so much military and economic and diplomatic power been used so ineffectively, and if after all of this time, and all of this sacrifice, and all of this support, there is still no end in sight, then I say the time has come for the American people to turn to new leadership not tied to the mistakes and policies of the past.

Richard Nixon (1913 - 1994)

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A Quote by Eric Hoffer on power, corruption, weakness, and wealth

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 their sense of inadequacy and impotence. We cannot win the weak by sharing our wealth with them. They feel our generosity as oppression.

Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983)

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A Quote by Lawrence Lessig on politics, drugs, politicians, and corruption

Some blame the drug companies. I don’t. They are corporations. Their managers are ordered by law to make money for the corporation. They push a certain patent policy not because of ideals,but because it is the policy that makes them the most money. And it only makes them the most money because of a certain corruption within our political system—a corruption the drug companies are certainly not responsible for. The corruption is our own politicians’ failure of integrity.

Lawrence Lessig

Source: Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity, Pages: 260

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A Quote by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche on corruption and youth

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher regard those who think alike than those who think differently.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on age, aim, ambition, angels, corruption, country, enemies, envy, fear, god, heaven, honesty, hope, integrity, justice, love, peace, silence, truth, and zeal

Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away ambition: By that sin fell the angels; how can man, then, The image of his Maker, hope to win by it? Love thyself last: cherish those hearts that hate thee; Corruption wins not more than honesty. Still in thy right hand carry gentle peace, To silence envious tongues. Be just, and fear not: Let all the ends thou aim'st at be thy country's, Thy God's, and truth's; then if thou fall'st, O Cromwell, Thou fall'st a blessed martyr! Serve the king; And,-prithee, lead me in: There take an inventory of all I have, To the last penny; 'tis the king's: my robe, And my integrity to heaven, is all I dare now call mine own. O Cromwell, Cromwell! Had I but served my God with half the zeal I served my king, he would not in mine age Have left me naked to mine enemies.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: King Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey in Act 3, scene 2.

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on corruption, ingratitude, lies, and vices

I hate ingratitude more in a man Than lying, vainness, babbling drunkenness, Or any taint of vice whose strong corruption Inhabits our frail blood.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: Twelfth Night

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on corruption, heaven, and judgment

Heaven is above all yet; there sits a judge, That no king can corrupt.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: King Henry VIII

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A Quote by William Pitt, "the Elder Pitt on beginning, corruption, laws, power, and tyranny

Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who posses it; and this I know, my lords: that where laws end, tyranny begins.

William Pitt (1708 - 1778)

Source: Case of Wilkes. Speech, January 9, 1770

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A Quote by Wallace Stevens on corruption, realism, and reality

Realism is a corruption of reality.

Wallace Stevens (1879 - 1955)

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A Quote by unknown on company, corruption, and life

The person who lives by himself and for himself is apt to be corrupted by the company he keeps.


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