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Many of the greatest tyrants on the records of history have begun their reigns in the fairest manner. But the truth is, this unnatural power corrupts both the heart and the understanding. And to prevent the least hope of amendment, a king is ever surrounded by a crowd of infamous flatterers, who find their account in keeping him from the least light of reason, till all ideas of rectitude and justice are utterly erased from his mind.
— Edmund Burke —

If absolute power corrupts absolutely,
does absolute powerlessness make you pure?

— Harry Shearer

It is supposed that power corrupts,' the caterpillar said in a voice as untroubled as time itself. yet the powerful are often corrupt before they are powerful. In fact, I find that they too often become powerful by being corrupt. Whether real or perceived, a lack of power can also corrupt.

— Frank Beddor

They've worked the absolute-power-corrupts-absolutely truth since the beginning of time. They foment destruction and chaos. It puts them in their happy place.

— Nina Bangs

One of the (many) problems with government is not that power corrupts or even that it is magnetic to corruptible people; rather, it is that we have been conditioned to tolerate corruption in power, and so we don't even try to hold our politicians accountable.

— Michel Templet

To assume all the powers is not good for anybody. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. All those experiments have a bad ending.

— Rafael Correa

Knowledge is power, power corrupts. Study hard, be evil.

— Anonymous.

Unlimited power corrupts the possessor.

— William Pitt

Power corrupts, and there is nothing more corrupting than power exercised in secret.

— Daniel Schorr

What is true is that the idea of power corrupts. Power corrupts most rapidly those who believe in it, and it is they who will want it most. Obviously, our democratic system tends to give power to those who hunger for it and gives every opportunity to those who don't want power to avoid getting it. Not a very satisfactory arrangement if power corrupts those who believe in it and want it.

— Gregory Bateson

If all power corrupts, then a doctor, who literally holds life and death in his hands, must be at particular risk.

— P.D. James

With people in high office, the old - you go into the extreme, which is absolute power and absolute power corrupts.

— Clint Eastwood

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