Corrupt Quotes

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.

The time to guard against corruption and tyranny is before they shall have gotten hold of us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold than to trust to drawing his teeth and talons after he shall have entered.

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.

In all institutions from which the cold wind of open criticism is excluded, an innocent corruption begins to grow like a mushroom – for example, in senates and learned societies.

He (Edward Livingston) is a man of splendid abilities, but utterly corrupt. He shines and stinks like rotten mackerel by moonlight.

In the corrupted currents of this word offence’s gilded hand may solve by justice, and oft, tis seen the wicked prize itself buys out the law: but ’tis not so above; There is no shuffling, there the action lies in his true nature; And we ourselves compell’d Even to the teeth and forehead of our […]

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. (Hamlet)