Quotations - Corruption

by Thomas Jefferson


I believe we may lessen the danger of buying and selling votes, by making the number of voters too great for any means of purchase. I may further say that I have not observed men's honesty to increase with their riches.

(Letter to J. Moor, 1800). THOMAS JEFFERSON ON DEMOCRACY 165 (S. Padover Ed. 1953).

The time to guard against corruption and tyranny, is before they shall have gotten hold of us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold, than to trust to drawing his teeth and claws after he shall have entered.

(Notes on Virginia, Query XIIV). THOMAS JEFFERSON ON DEMOCRACY 162 (S. Padover Ed. 1953).

The whole art of government consists in being honest.

VI WORKS, 186.

It is a law, sacred to me while in public character, to receive nothing which bears a pecuniary value. This is necessary to the confidence of the country, it is necessary as an example for its benefit, and necessary to the tranquility of my own mind.