I want either less corruption, or more chance to participate in it.
—Ashleigh Brilliant (b.1933) British Cartoonist, Author
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
The sun shineth upon the dunghill, and is not corrupted.
—John Lyly (1554–1606) English Dramatist, Novelist, Writer
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 end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.
—Leon Trotsky (1879–1940) Russian Marxist Revolutionary
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