The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.— Alexis de Tocqueville
Sentimental Bribery quotations
Our form of democracy is bribery, on the highest scale.
There is no trick of a magician or spell of a witch doctor, no drug or mesmerism or bribery or torture or coercion that can compare in power with the force for change unleashed in the human breast through the touch of love.
But there will be no justice, there will be no government of the people, by the people, and for the people, as long as the government and its officials permit bribery in any form.
Blackmail is more effective than bribery.
Honesty stands at the gate and knocks, and bribery enters in.
Behaving morally because of a hope of reward or a fear of punishment is not morality.
Laws are a fine thing on paper, but painful when no bribery can ease their bind.
If bribery is good enough for Congress, it's good enough for me.
In my opinion it is less shameful for a king to be overcome by force of arms than by bribery.
I do deeply deplore, of the sake of the cause, the prevalent notion, that the clergy must be had, either by persuasion or by bribery. They will not need persuasion or bribery, if their hearts are with us; if they are not, we are better without them. It is idle to suppose that the kingdom of heaven cannot come on earth, without their cooperation.
Between friends there is no bribery. ... the relationship of friends is intrinsically fair and equal. Neither feels stronger or more clever or more beautiful than the other.
By gold all good faith has been banished;
by gold our rights are abused; the law itself is influenced by gold, and soon there will be an end of every modest restraint.
You could not bribe honest people, but bad people would accept bribery.
A government with all this mass of favours to give or to withhold, however free in name, wields a power of bribery scarcely surpassed by an avowed autocracy, rendering it master of the elections in almost any circumstances but those of rare and extraordinary public excitement.
Tis pleasant purchasing our fellow-creatures;
And all are to be sold, if you consider Their passions, and are dext'rous; some by features Are brought up, others by a warlike leader; Some by a place--as tend their years or natures; The most by ready cash--but all have prices, From crowns to kicks, according to their vices.
Do not accept gifts; [because] that is bribery.
You cannot rationalize what is not rational to begin with - as if lying were called truthization. There is no way to obtain more truth for a proposition by bribery, flattery, or the most passionate argument - you can make more people believe the proposition, but you cannot make it more true.
It is a great mistake to suppose that bribery and corruption, although they may be very convenient for gratifying the ambition or the vanity of individuals, have any great effect upon the fortunes or the power of parties. And it is a great mistake to suppose that bribery and corruption are means by which power can either be ob-tained or retained.
Alas! the small discredit of a bribe Scarce hurts the lawyer, but undoes the scribe.
No mortal thing can bear so high a price, But that with mortal thing it may be bought.
Our supple tribes repress their patriot throats, And ask no questions but the price of votes.
There are many hands touching ballots after a voter drops his ballot into the ballot box. There is no guarantee of ballot secrecy for anyone, which makes the whole system vulnerable to intimidation and bribery.
I do not spoil women. ... I don't send them flowers and gifts. . . . I'm saving those gestures until I am an unpleasant old man who must resort to bribery to win a woman's synthetic affections.
Petitions, not sweetened with gold, are but unsavory and oft refused;
or, if received, are pocketed, not read.
Tis gold Which buys admittance--oft it doth--yea, and makes Diana's rangers false themselves, yield up This deer to th' stand o' th' stealer: and 'tis gold Which makes the true man kill'd and saves the thief, Nay, sometimes hangs both thief and true man.
I don't think it's bribery; I think it's extortion. Bribery, you know, is when the person that's giving the money does it voluntarily. What it is in Washington is extortion because they all ask for the money.
Until the nineteen-seventies, Western countries paid little attention to corruption overseas, and bribery was seen as an unpleasant but necessary part of doing business there. In some European countries, businesses were even allowed to deduct bribes as an expense.
[the downfall of our political system is the] buying and selling of politicians.
..bribery. In the private sector, you're arrested for it. In the public sector, it's the norm.
Every man has his price.
Judges and senates have been bought for gold; Esteem and love were never to be sold.
The American white man (not to speak of the Indian, the Negro, the Mexican) hasn't a ghost of a chance. If he has any talent he's doomed to have it crushed one way or another. The American way is to seduce a man by bribery and make a prostitute of him. Or else to ignore him, starve him into submission and make a hack of him.
What, shall one of us, That struck for the foremost man of all this world But for supporting robbers--shall we now Contaminate our fingers with base bribes, And sell the mighty space of our large honors For so much trash as may be grasped thus?
I have tried my hand at bribery, blackmail, and deceit.
And I've served time for everything, cept beggin on the street.
Many a man has been dined out of his religion, and his politics, and his manhood, almost.