Corruption Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old corruption quotes, corruption sayings, and corruption proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Money is truthful. If a man speaks of his honor, make him pay cash.

Robert A. Heinlein

Corruption is authority plus monopoly minus transparency.     

Anonymous

Corruption is just another form of tyranny.

Joe Biden

If corruption had already taken root, then good seeds must be preserved.     

Toba Beta

Each of us is born with a share of purity, predestined to be corrupted by our commerce with mankind.

Emil Cioran

Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country.     

Karl Kraus

The corruption of the positively wicked is often less sad and fatal to society than the irregularities of a virtuous man who yields and falls.     

Joseph Francis Edward Desmarais

The corruption of people is to behave in an inhuman way.     

Alan Bullock

Corruption is simply crime without conscience.     

George Richard Marek

The corruption of every government begins nearly always with that of principles.     

Charles de Montesquieu

Corruption, the greatest single bane of our society today.     

Olusegun Obasanjo

The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means.

Georges Bernanos

Corruption is the enemy of development, and of good governance. It must be got rid of. Both the government and the people at large must come together to achieve this national objective.     

Pratibha Patil

Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.

Thomas Jefferson

The corruption of the best things gives rise to the worst.

David Hume

Corruption is a cancer that steals from the poor, eats away at governance and moral fibre and destroys trust.

Robert Zoellick

Corruption ultimately guilts the corrupt, and it hardens the innocent who suffer as a result of it. It isn't the young who corrupt the old, rather it's the inverse. The aim of the old should be to ensure that the young grow up incorruptible.     

Justin K. McFarlane Beau

Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts perhaps the fear of a loss of power.

John Steinbeck

Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.

George Bernard Shaw

Corruption has its own motivations, and one has to thoroughly study that phenomenon and eliminate the foundations that allow corruption to exist.     

Eduard Shevardnadze

Corruption is nature's way of restoring our faith in democracy.     

Peter Ustinov

Corruption is a tree, whose branches are of an immeasurable length: they spread ev'rywhere; and the dew that drops from thence hath infected some chairs and stools of authority.     

Francis Beaumont

The corruption of the age is made up by the particular contribution of every individual man; some contribute treachery, others injustice, atheism, tyranny, avarice, cruelty, according to their power.     

Michel de Montaigne

Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it's set a rolling it must increase.

Charles Caleb Colton

Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty.     

Edward Gibbon

Corruption wins not more than honesty.

William Shakespeare

The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.

Albert Einstein

Corruption is government intrusion into market efficiencies in the form of regulations.     

Milton Friedman

Corruption is man's inheritance.     

Anacletus

Those who fight corruption should be clean themselves.     

Vladimir Putin