Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated.
Power attracts the corruptible. Suspect all who seek it.
Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.
An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.
The lobby is the army of the plutocracy.
William Graham Sumner
A politician always has his arm around your waist and his eye on the clock.
You don’t say ‘they all do it’ unless you know you’ve been doing it, too.
When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
When they call the roll in the Senate, the senators do not know whether to answer ‘present’ or ‘not guilty’.
Men make counterfeit money; in many more cases, money makes counterfeit men.
Sydney J Harris
Who are to be the electors of the federal representatives? Not the rich more than the poor.
He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
There are two things that are important in politics. The first is money, and I can’t remember what the second one is.
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(This story appears in the 30 October, 2015 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)