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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.

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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A typical case involves a corrupt lending officer who demands a kickback in exchange for approving a loan.
The benefits of preventing corruption lie in stark contrast to the contempt, cynicism, and resentment generated within an organization--and for an organization as viewed by the taxpayer--when it winks at misconduct, whether precursory, deviant, corrupt, or criminal, on the part of management.
He evoked a radical ancestry, denounced a corrupt, courtly politics, and called for a socialist republic:
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Irfan Mangi added that corrupt elements were not God fearing people so they did not waste any moment in looting the national exchequer.
The corrupt people should not be granted pardon in any case," he added.
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Dela Rosa urged Customs employees to not allow themselves to be influenced by their corrupt colleagues.
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The youth hunger for that same way, -- to corrupt thethings first and then, build for the nation later.