Manners are of more importance than laws. The law can touch us here and there, now and then. Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation like that of the air we breathe in.
A passion of the brain, as all other melancholy, by reason of corrupt imagination.1621 Of love. Anatomy of Melancholy, pt.3, section 2, member1, subsection 2.
It has always seemed to me that the social order was implicit in the very nature of things, and required nothing more from the human spirit than care in arranging the various elements; that a people could be governed without being made thralls or libertines or victims thereby; that man was born for peace and liberty, and became miserable and cruel only through the action of insidious and oppressive laws. And I believe therefore that if man be given laws which harmonize with the dictates of nature and of his heart he will cease to be unhappy and corrupt.louis antoine de saint-just
Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely. (Speake, 2009)Attributed to Lord Acton
Power tends to corrupt , and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority : still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.Lord Acton, in a letter to Mandell Creighton (5 April 1887), published in Historical Essays and Studies (1907)
It was not for the sake of oil that the risky decision to cease this corrupt coexistence was made. But at least now the Iraqi people have a chance of controlling their own main resource, and it will be our task to ensure that the funding and revenue are transparent instead of opaque.christopher hitchens
late news was suicide of w:Jan Masaryk - In my view, Jan Masaryk was thoroughly corrupt, who bumped himself off because he saw at last where his moral cowardice and ideological 'Playboyery' had led him. I vividly remember visiting him in Washington, fat, slightly tight, coming into the room looking like a broken-down butler with his master, the little Communist, Clementis, [-] and saying in a loud voice -'Has anyone seen an Iron Curtain? I haven't.' Well, he has now.Malcolm Muggeridge
It was this spirit of the masses and the revolt of the poor which so often found voice in the words of Jesus. But these condemnations are not solely expressive of the intense heat that so often burns in the heart of great agitators and reformers, they are also expressions of the conviction of Jesus that material possessions corrupt and destroy the souls of men. ...censure for the rich and love for the poor both in spirit and in worldly goods helped him to drive home a great truth that you cannot love God and mammon .p.89-91 (Why We Fail as Christians (1919))
The old order changeth, yielding place to new; And God fulfils himself in many ways, Lest one good custom should corrupt the world.Alfred Tennyson, Passing of Arthur, line 408. First line also in Coming of Arthur, line 508.
We are endeavoring, too, to reduce the government to the practice of a rigorous economy, to avoid burdening the people, and arming the magistrate with a patronage of money, which might be used to corrupt and undermine the principles of our government.Thomas Jefferson, letter to Mr. Pictet (February 5, 1803), in Andrew A. Lipscomb, ed., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson (1903), vol. 10, p. 356–57.
We must live for the few who know and appreciate us, who judge and absolve us, and for whom we have the same affection and indulgence. The rest I look upon as a mere crowd, lively or sad , loyal or corrupt , from whom there is nothing to be expected but fleeting emotions , either pleasant or unpleasant, which leave no trace behind them.Sarah Bernhardt in: Elizabeth Silverthorne Sarah Bernhardt, Infobase Publishing, 2003, p.104
Let's put it this way: if you need to ask a lawyer whether what you do is "right" or not, you are morally corrupt. Let's not go there. We don't base our morality on law.Linus Torvalds, Torvalds, Linus (2004-08-26). Message to linux-usb-devel mailing list. Retrieved on 2009-11-27.
Wisdom doesn't affect corrupt hearts.Misnad al-Im?m al-H?d?, p.304
THE corrupt FEAR US · THE HONEST SUPPORT US · THE HEROIC JOIN US .Anonymous motto, used in many placards, quoted at Anonymousuk.org
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