Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist.
There is no odor so bad as that which arises from goodness tainted.
He that accuses all mankind of corruption ought to remember that he is sure to convict only one.
Without the idea of progress life is a corrupting marsh.
“Corruption continues with us beyond the grave,” She said, “and then plays merry hell with all ideas.” Daphne
Cynics regarded everybody as equally corrupt… Idealists regarded everybody as equally corrupt, except themselves.
Touch but a cobweb in Westminster Hall, and the old spider of the law is out upon you with all his vermin at his heels.
There was never anything by the wit of man so well devised, or so sure established, which in continuance of time hath not been corrupted.
Corruption’s not for modern date; It hath been tried in ev’ry state.
We are born in innocence… Corruption comes later. The first fear is a corruption, the first reaching for a something that defies us. The first nuance of difference, the first need to feel better than the different one, more loved, stronger, richer, more blessed – these are corruptions.