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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

One who holds unchecked power or authority is likely to become corrupt or abuse one's position. This phrase is usually attributed to 19th-century historian Lord Acton. He really started abusing the authority of his office when he was promoted to CEO. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

be the (absolute) limit

To be a source of intense aggravation. Oh, I can't listen to that fool any longer—his idiotic questions are the limit!
See also: limit

the (absolute) limit

A source of intense aggravation or annoyance. Oh, I can't listen to that fool any longer—his idiotic questions are the limit! These forms the HR department makes us fill out are the absolute limit, I'm telling you!
See also: limit

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.
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In my "Endlichkeit und absolutes Ich - Heideggers Fichtekritik" (forthcoming in: Fichte-Studien) I argue against Heidegger's claim that the whole post-Kantian movement amounts to a denial of finitude on the basis of a reading of Fichte's enterprise as an analytique of finitude.
According to Heidegger, Hegel presupposes an absolute in the form of an absolute subjectivity from the very outset of his system; an absolute principle, which accounts for the teleology in the various histories Hegel subsequently reconstructs.
Moral intelligence is thoughtful application of objective but not absolute ethical principles to specific fact situations in order to predict possible long range effects of our actions on ourselves and others.
On the face of it, truth telling might appear to be an absolute value.
These absolutes are all accompanied by absolute grace, the Divine understanding which makes up for our shortfall.
Absolute honesty, that searchlight that reveals the truth about myself to myself.
Reed and his flock claim to exist in a world of moral absolutes.
There is no absolute agreement on dogma or even on Bible translations among the believers.
The problem was that they learned the rule as an absolute, and the presence of another vehicle in the intersection when the light was green made no difference.
But my father felt that this was a rule, like red and green lights, which was not necessarily absolute, and he taught me a verse to make the point.