Top 53 Corrupt Quotes

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“The Medicare Part D prescription drug bill, which might be the most corrupt piece of legislation in history, was a huge giveaway of taxpayer funds to the big pharmaceutical companies.”

― Al Franken

“There is militaristic-hegemonic-plutocratic side of the U.S. which is getting out of hand and threatens to corrupt the whole republic. I remain a deeply concerned, committed admirer, but also a very worried one.”

― Alain de Botton

“Nick plays a corrupt politician, which is kind of a redundant statement.”

― Alan Rudolph

“New Orleans reminds me of Romania because New Orleans is very corrupt politically.”

― Andrei Codrescu

“I don’t think that Washington is a fundamentally bad or corrupt place.”

― Beau Willimon

“Power tends to corrupt – so we should, in both the public and the private spheres, be on guard against, and erect sturdy guardrails against, the corruptions of power.”

― Bill Kristol

“If something can corrupt you, you’re corrupted already.”

― Bob Marley

“I find the Democratic party overall, on a macro level, to be institutionally corrupt.”

― Cenk Uygur

“Voters definitely believe Washington is corrupt – but most think it’s bipartisan.”

― Chuck Todd

“I’m Dan Gelber. As a federal prosecutor, I helped put away corporate criminals, corrupt politicians and violent gangs.”

― Dan Gelber

“The Trump administration is shaping up to be one of the most corrupt since the Gilded Age.”

― David Brock

“Does advertising corrupt editors? Yes it does, but fewer editors than you may suppose… the vast majority of editors are incorruptible.”

― David Ogilvy

“The proximate cause of Iraq’s unraveling was the increasing authoritarian, sectarian, and corrupt conduct of the Iraqi government and its leader after the departure of the last U.S. combat forces in 2011.”

― David Petraeus

“People endure what they endure and they deal with it. It may corrupt them. It may lead them into all sorts of compensatory excesses.”

― Dennis Potter

“Hillary Clinton may be the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency.”

― Donald Trump

“The United States, of course, in the late 19th century was extraordinarily corrupt.”

― Evan Osnos

“Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.”

― George Bernard Shaw

“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”

― George Orwell

“There are 13 stories in ‘The Fencepost Chronicles’ about corrupt tribal leaders, trouble on the reserve, survival schemes, and communal drinking.”

― Gerald Vizenor

“We are pleased to dismiss politics as entirely corrupt, if not financially, intellectually.”

― Gore Vidal

“This is what happened to me when I received the governorship. The corrupt previous governor didn’t do the handover. We received the Miranda governorship completely dismantled.”

― Henrique Capriles Radonski

“Party leads to vicious, corrupt and unprofitable legislation, for the sole purpose of defeating party.”

― James Fenimore Cooper

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

― John Dalberg-Acton

“On Putin’s order, corrupt apparatchiks and crony oligarchs rob Russians of their nation’s wealth and resources.”

― John McCain

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

― John Steinbeck

“Corrupt bureaucrats and cops ought to dismissed or compulsorily retired from service, as they are a drain on the service. Their performance must be vigorously assessed.”

― Kiran Bedi

“Jimmy Meng sought to be a power broker in the halls of justice. But the influence he sought to peddle was corrupt, and his power was illusory.”

― Loretta Lynch

“Referring to ISIL as a destructive religious cult rather than a legitimate theo-political ‘radical Islamic’ group is not just more accurate, it also exposes ISIL’s corrupt religious narrative.”

― Malcolm Nance

“I have flatly refused to be conned by Jyoti Basu and his corrupt government.”

― Mamata Banerjee

“Behind every corrupt politician are 10-20 corrupt businessmen.”

― Mo Ibrahim

“Compared to Congress, BJP is spending huge money in the elections. BJP keeps claiming that it is not corrupt. Then where is it getting such huge monies from?”

― N. Chandrababu Naidu

“We are fighting the communal BJP on the one hand and the corrupt Congress on the other.”

― N. Chandrababu Naidu

“Writing is sacred, other activities are profane, and I don’t want them to corrupt my writing.”

― Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“Obstruction of justice requires a corrupt intent.”

― Neal Katyal

“All things can corrupt when minds are prone to evil.”

― Ovid

“Every public institution in the United States and most private ones are corrupt.”

― Paul Craig Roberts

“Big-government economics breeds crony capitalism. It’s corrupt, anything but neutral, and a barrier to broad participation in prosperity.”

― Paul Ryan

“Pompeii was an incredibly corrupt city. Pompeii was the Las Vegas of the Roman Empire.”

― Paul W. S. Anderson

“The Tammany guys, many of them were corrupt. They were still around when I was a boy. You knew the Tammany guys’ name.”

― Pete Hamill

“Democratic accountability means that governments must be popularly accepted, with citizens empowered to replace corrupt or incompetent rulers.”

― Raghuram Rajan

“Cynics regarded everybody as equally corrupt… Idealists regarded everybody as equally corrupt, except themselves.”

― Robert Anton Wilson

“D.C. is more corrupt than Hollywood. It really is.”

― Robin Wright

“Chicago is not the most corrupt American city. It’s the most theatrically corrupt.”

― Studs Terkel

“Shaktikanta Das being appointed as RBI Governor is wrong. He has worked closely in corrupt activities with P. Chidambaram and even tried to save him in court cases.”

― Subramanian Swamy

“The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.”

― Tacitus

“When the state is most corrupt, then the laws are most multiplied.”

― Tacitus

“Boxing is systemically corrupt.”

― Thomas Hauser

“When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.”

― Thomas Jefferson

“Many Americans have sensed there is a very corrupt pay-to-play system going on in Washington.”

― Wendy Long

“Our government is corrupt.”

― Wendy Long

“Some cops I don’t like – the corrupt, the brutal.”

― William Bratton

“Power doesn’t corrupt people, people corrupt power.”

― William Gaddis

“I have never intimidated the masses… I only intimidate corrupt officials.”

― Zhu Rongji
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