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power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely

The more powerful one is, the more unscrupulous one becomes. A: "I never should have appointed him head of the committee." B: "You need to call him in for a meeting before he thinks that he can do whatever he wants. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Prov. One who has total authority is very likely to abuse his position. (This phrase was used by the British historian Lord Acton: "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.") We thought that Johnson would be a responsible mayor, but within a year of taking office, he was as bad as all the rest. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
References in classic literature ?
Of all the people who profess that they know how to do men good, do you mean to say that these are the only ones who not only do them no good, but positively corrupt those who are entrusted to them, and in return for this disservice have the face to demand money?
But I am not enquiring of you who are the teachers who will corrupt Meno (let them be, if you please, the Sophists); I only ask you to tell him who there is in this great city who will teach him how to become eminent in the virtues which I was just now describing.
To Sergey Ivanovitch the country meant on one hand rest from work, on the other a valuable antidote to the corrupt influences of town, which he took with satisfaction and a sense of its utility.
Worms of the riper grave unhid By any kindly coffin lid, Obscene and shameless to the light, Seethe in insatiate appetite, Through putrid offal; while above The hissing blow-fly seeks his love, Whose offspring, supping where they supt, Consume corruption twice corrupt.
FAISALABAD -- City Police Officer Afzal Kosar has said that strict action will be taken against corrupt and negligent police staff in the district.
Such negative aspects include the potential emergence of unethical conduct among cooperating partners, or as termed here corrupt collaboration.
BAGHDAD / Nina / demonstrators in Tahrir Square in central Baghdad, renewed on Friday their demanding to clean up the judiciary of corrupt and continue reforms and set a timetable for its implementation and to prevent corrupts from traveling outside the country.
WITH nearly every big institution in our land rocked by scandals - the Church, Parliament, Media and Banking - it's hard not to come to the conclusion that there's something fundamentally corrupt and broken about British society.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter insists he has a clean conscience and that anyone who calls him corrupt should be sent to jail.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter insists he has a clean conscience and says anyone who calls him corrupt should be sent to jail.
BANNU -- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has said that the corrupt tripartite opposition alliance have united against PTI but it totally failed to stop PTI from its achievement.
It is certain that there have been corrupt practices and acts of bribery -- as substantiated by safe-deposit boxes, millions of dollars and euros in cash, expensive watches, ministers forced to resign, and audio recordings posted on the Internet, among other things.
1 ( ANI ): Reacting to a legal notice sent by former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari against the m dmi Party (P), party spokesperson Ashutosh on Saturday said there was no question of his party apologizing to Gadkari, and that he should rather ask the BJP to apologize because they were the first ones to label him a corrupt leader.
A Victoria police statement said: "He was charged with one count of engaging in conduct that would corrupt a betting outcome.
It is a new chapter in the Indian politics and it is hoped that many other corrupt leaders from various political parties would also come in the net soon.