- Follow the money.
Goldman 1976 film: spoken by Hal Holbrook as Deep Throat to Bob Woodward; written by Wiiliam
- Say it ain't so, Joe.
‘Shoeless’ Joe Jackson and seven other Chicago players were charged with being bribed to lose the 1919 World Baseball Series: plea said to have been made by a boy as Jackson emerged from the hearing, September 1920
- When their lordships asked Bacon
How many bribes he had taken
He had at least the grace
To get very red in the face.
Baseless Biography (1939) ‘Bacon’ 1875–1956 English writer:
- I stuffed their mouths with gold.
of his handling of the consultants during the establishment of the National Health Service
The Hospitals 1800–1948 (1964) ch. 29 1897–1960 British Labour politician: Brian Abel-Smith
- Nothing to be done without a bribe I find, in love as well as law.
c.1669–1723 English actress and dramatist: The Perjured Husband (1700)
- Men are more often bribed by their loyalties and ambitions than money.
United States v. Wunderlich 1951 1892–1954 American lawyer and judge: dissenting opinion in
- …Omnia Romae
Everything in Rome—at a price.
c.ad 60–c.140 Roman satirist: Satires no. 3, l. 183
- And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we've proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.
1865–1936 English writer and poet: ‘What Dane-geld means’ (1911)
- There's an honest graft, and I'm an example of how it works. I might sum up the whole thing by sayin': ‘I seen my opportunities and I took 'em.’
Plunkitt of Tammany Hall (1905) 1842–1924 American Tammany politician: ‘Honest Graft and Dishonest Graft’ in William L. Riordon
- To accept a favour is to sell your freedom.
bc Roman freedman and writer : Sententiae no. 61 fl. 1st century
- He is a man of splendid abilities but utterly corrupt. He shines and stinks like rotten mackerel by moonlight.
of Edward Livingston
John Randolph of Roanoke (1923) vol. 2 1773–1833 American politician: W. Cabell Bruce
- I am not worth purchasing, but such as I am, the King of Great Britain is not rich enough to do it.
replying to an offer from Governor George Johnstone of £10,000, and any office in the Colonies in the King's gift, if he were able successfully to promote a Union between the UK and the US
Life and Correspondence of Joseph Reed (1847) vol. 1, ch. 18 1741–85 American Revolutionary politician: reply as recorded in a declaration of Congress, 11 August 1778; the earliest version is: ‘My influence is but small, but were it as great as Governor Johnstone would insinuate, the King of Great Britain has nothing within his gift that would tempt me’ reply to Mrs Elizabeth Ferguson, 21 June 1778; W. B. Read
- I note with considerable satisfaction that I am whiter than white.
of the inquiry into fraud at the European Commission 1937– Luxembourgeois politician: at a news conference, 16 March 1999
- Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts, perhaps fear of a loss of power.
The Short Reign of Pippin IV (1957) 1902–68 American novelist:
- But the jingling of the guinea helps the hurt that Honour feels.
1809–92 English poet: ‘Locksley Hall’ (1842) l. 105
- All those men have their price.
of fellow parliamentarians
Memoirs of Sir Robert Walpole (1798) vol. 1 1676–1745 English Whig statesman; first British Prime Minister, 1721–42: W. Coxe
- The flood of money that gushes into politics today is a pollution of democracy.
Time 19 November 1984 1915–86 American writer and journalist: in