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Where the roots of private virtue are diseased,
the fruit of public probity cannot but be corrupt.
-- Felix Adler

A government, for protecting business only,
is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.
-- Amos Bronson Alcott

The duty of youth is to challenge corruption.
-- Kurt Cobain

Money and corruption are ruining the land,
crooked politicians betray the working man,
pocketing the profits and treating us like sheep,
and we're tired of hearing promises that we know they'll never keep.
--Ray Davies

The only way to escape the personal corruption of praise is to go on working.
-- Albert Einstein

"Our society's values are being corrupted by advertising's insistence on the equation:
youth equals popularity, popularity equals success, success equals happiness."
-- John Arbuthnot Fisher

“Corruption and hypocrisy ought not to be inevitable products of democracy, as they undoubtedly are today”
-- Mohandas Gandhi

* We’re looking at the singular condition of poverty. All the other individual problems spring from that condition... doesn’t matter if it’s death, aid, trade, AIDS, famine, instability, governance, corruption or war. All of that is poverty. Our problem is that everybody tries to heal each of the individual aspects of poverty, not poverty itself.
-- Bob Geldof

"I'm not against the corporations. They are our wealth. But they are getting too greedy. I don't want to do away with corporations. I want them to make our cars, however, not our laws."
-- Doris Haddock (Granny D)

* We have a duty to look after each other. If we lose control of our government, then we lose our ability to dispense justice and human kindness. Our first priority today, then, is to defeat utterly those forces of greed and corruption that have come between us and our self-governance.
-- Doris Haddock (Granny D)

If, as is natural, you focus on the corruption and on those threatened institutions that are trying to prevent change - even though they don't really know what they're trying to prevent - then you can get pessimistic.
~ Paul Hawken

Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.
~ Thomas Jefferson

I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country....corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war.
-- Abraham Lincoln

But when you have bad governance, of course, these resources are destroyed: The forests are deforested, there is illegal logging, there is soil erosion. I got pulled deeper and deeper and saw how these issues become linked to governance, to corruption, to dictatorship.
~ Wangari Maathai

The students I've been with these twenty years are looking for a world where it becomes a little easier to love and a lot harder to hate, where learning nonviolence means that we dedicate our hearts, minds, time, and money to a commitment that the force of love, the force of truth, the force of justice, and the force of organized resistance to corrupt power are seen as sane and the force of fists, guns, armies, and bombs insane.
-- Colman McCarthy

Debt is the fatal disease of republics, the first thing and the mightiest to undermine governments and corrupt the people.
-- Wendell Phillips

The fight for justice against corruption is never easy.
It never has been and never will be. It exacts a toll on our self, our families, our friends, and especially our children.
In the end, I believe, as in my case, the price we pay is well worth holding on to our dignity.
-- Frank Serpico

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

Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.
-- Adlai Stevenson

I am speaking now of the highest duty we owe our friends, the noblest, the most sacred—that of keeping their own nobleness, goodness, pure and incorrupt. . . . If we let our friend become cold and selfish and exacting without a remonstrance, we are no true lover, no true friend.
-- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Serving democracy and nourishing the common good is, for the media,
something that requires not only attacking corrupt secrecies in a society,
but also defending non-corrupt communication.
-- Rowan D. Williams


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