power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely

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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."
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Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
It is difficult to believe that statesmen and men of the cloth have been totally uninfluenced by the prospect of the wielding of power and if it is true that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely then the PM and his cabinet and the Archbishop of Canterbury and his acolytes may need to examine their consciences very carefully indeed.
Chandler's detailed account of the West's nation-building effort in Bosnia following the 1995 Dayton Accords confirms Lord Acton's observation that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.