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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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It can be seen more exactly that the absoluteness of the power is objectified in the movement, and becomes a dominating power that oppresses people rather than liberating them.
Once we begin to differentiate ultimacy from absoluteness and recognize the source of theological ultimacy as its existential character and not religious uniqueness, it also becomes possible to uncouple uniqueness from superiority.
Thus, Meillassoux also ties this transition from the correlationist circle with the absoluteness of mathematics.
Chapter Four, "The War in Heaven and Deism," "examines how the absoluteness of the monotheistic God--his omniscience and omnipotence--affects the possibility and quality of action in the war in heaven" (143-44).
It is precisely such a search that leads to the absoluteness of the factual individual and inter-individual relationships: contingent absoluteness.
Axiological absoluteness gave way to uniqueness in human thought and in interpretations of reality.
The 'classified' report accompanying the bill said it was deemed necessary "on one hand to deal with cases in which the guardianship status of the property potentially violated the European Human Rights Convention and on the other hand avoid a situation where the law, due to its absoluteness, constitutes denial of property.
Where absoluteness as boundlessness is overcome, relativity as boundness emerges.
Let me conclude by saying that when there are so many variations, then the time horizons keep on changing and the absoluteness of an imprecise science stares you in the face.
In order to keep self-maintaining, through constant improvement on the way that leads from the chaos to the absoluteness, the organization established a dynamic relation among: management dictatorship that is based on the strong need to realize the aims of perfection; active knowledge with the manual for action taking; processes for improvement and innovations with usage of modified Deming (PDCA) cycle.
The absoluteness of absolute music is the very condition of its meaning.
Just far enough to appreciate the uncanny, superhuman, impervious, all-powerful essence of the Murdoch mystique, to grasp the absoluteness of his power and come away with a book's worth of choice anecdotes about the Murdoch magic.
i had become distinctly, color-ridden, i was delivering the same message that had been diligently written, me, in my garage, with my utensils, the sky, perfect, similar, daunting, what carriage am i, i supposed, what relief, where it all ended i was dreaming comfortably, reclined on an imaginary horse, there were roses flying around in the air that smelled faintly of suicide and wet newspaper, the Resistance had been smitten for months, i imagined myself entering the bloody mouth, the gurgle i had encountered in the Absoluteness, in the guest book: "i have something to write, i was saying, majestic-ish.
It is the absoluteness of this independence of judgment that causes people to attach the term "god-like" to the image of the physician.
persuasion jumping off from the absoluteness of the prohibition: "shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.