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 (1862–1933) American Biographer, Poet, Essayist, Writer
The sun shineth upon the dunghill, and is not corrupted.
—John Lyly (1554–1606) English Dramatist, Novelist, Writer
I want either less corruption, or more chance to participate in it.
—Ashleigh Brilliant (b.1933) British Cartoonist, Author
The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat one’s self. All sin is easy after that.
—Philip James Bailey (1816–1902) English Poet
I have often noticed that a bribe has that effect — it changes a relation. The man who offers a bribe gives away a little of his own importance; the bribe once accepted, he becomes the inferior, like a man who has paid for a woman.
—Graham Greene (1904–91) British Novelist, Playwright, Short Story Writer