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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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Rather, Wal-Mart de Mexico was an aggressive and creative corrupter, offering large payoffs to get what the law otherwise prohibited," it said.
The man who's been called a deviant and a corrupter of innocents has managed to upset everyone from Rod Stewart to Bob Geldof, the Queen, George Bush and Manuel from Fawlty Towers.
His muse and corrupter, Lady H, is played by a stalking Michela Meazza, while Jason Piper makes an achingly painful Basil - the man who discovers Dorian and is then destroyed by him.
Narnia's Ben Barnes is Dorian while Colin Firth plays the corrupter.
The lifelessness of the main character is thrown into greater relief by Colin Firth's eyecatching supporting performance as his corrupter.
His lifelessness is emphasised by Colin Firth's supporting role as Dorian's corrupter, the lifelong hedonist Lord Henry Wotton.
Det Insp Andy Jones, from the unit said: "Our objective was to bring to justice not only the corrupted officer but also the corrupter, Neil Lock, and with the help of the crime department colleagues proved the full extent of their combined criminality.
Abbott only looked closely into his life as a bookmaker, a professional gambler, and a corrupter of politicians and police when she was old enough to understand what really fed her.
They were punished for passing information to professional punter Ajaz Khan - described by the Horseracing Regulatory Authority as "an insidious corrupter of jockeys".
I'm a corrupter of young women," she laughs merrily.
To the English I am Welsh, the name, a corrupter of Waelase, meaning 'foreign', was applied by the Anglo-Saxons to the Britons who escaped the killing frenzy to survive in the fortresses of the west, but we have a much lovelier name for ourselves, Y Cymru - the comrades.
There's a Mark Wahlberg film, The Corrupter, and in that his character is called Danny Wallace.
Corruption is a two-way process; you cannot stop it by condemning the corrupted but letting the corrupter go scot-free.
Both Chow Yun Fat, who is building a high profile in the West through films such as The Corrupter and Anna And The King, and Michelle Yeoh (best known for her role in the Bond caper Tomorrow Never Dies) came on board at an early stage, and this helped finalise the backing.
50] In classic form, the victim becomes the threat and corrupter of those who enslave her/him.