Quotes of Debase

“ It is not power that corrupts but fear. The fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it, and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it. ”

- Aung San Suu Kyi

“ Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power. ”

- John Steinbeck

“ Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. ”

- Lord Acton

“ You have debased my child You have made him a laughingstock of intelligence a stench in the nostrils of the gods of the ionosphere. ”

- Lee De Forest

“ Whoever degrades another degrades me, And whatever is done or said returns at last to me. ”

- Walt Whitman

“ Too much liberty corrupts us all. ”

- Terence

“ Images contaminate us like viruses. ”

- Paul Virilio

“ Sentimentality about nature denatures everything it touches. ”

- Jane Jacobs

“ Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely. ”

- Lord Acton

“ The world is a hellish place, and bad writing is destroying the quality of our suffering. It cheapens and degrades the human experience, when it should inspire and elevate. ”

- Tom Waits

“ Leisure tends to corrupt, and absolute leisure corrupts absolutely. ”

- Edgar A. Shoaff

“ How do I know pornography depraves and corrupts? It depraves and corrupts me. ”

- Malcolm Muggeridge

“ Only for the phony is commercialism-the bending of creativity to common utility-a naughty word. To the truly creative, it is a bridge to the great audience, a means of sharing rather than debasing. ”

- Ernest A. Jones

“ Whatever debases the intelligence degrades the entire human being. ”

- Simone Weil

“ The theater needs continual reminders that there is nothing more debasing than the work of those who do well what is not worth doing at all. ”

- Gore Vidal

“ The origins of disputes between philosophers is, that one class of them have undertaken to raise man by displaying his greatness, and the other to debase him by showing his miseries. ”

- Blaise Pascal

“ Nuptial love makes mankind; friendly love perfects it; but wanton love corrupts and debases it. ”

- Francis Bacon

“ Life is raw material. We are artisans. We can sculpt our existence into something beautiful, or debase it into ugliness. It's in our hands. ”

- Cathy Better

“ However it is debased or misinterpreted, love is a redemptive feature. To focus on one individual so that their desires become superior to yours is a very cleansing experience. ”

- Jeanette Winterson

“ But the mother's yearning, that completest type of the life in another life which is the essence of real human love, feels the presence of the cherished child even in the debased, degraded man. ”

- George Eliot

“ Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many. The resentment of the weak does not spring from any injustice done to them but from the sense of their inadequacy and impotence. They hate not wickedness but weakness. When it is in their power to do so, the weak destroy weakness wherever they see it. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ Man with all his noble qualities, with sympathy which feels for the most debased, with benevolence which extends not only to other men but to the humblest living creature, with his god-like intellect which has penetrated into the movements and constitution of the solar system- with all these exalted powers- Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin. ”

- Charles Darwin

“ Manners are of more importance than laws… Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe in. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ We might make a public moan in the newspapers about the decay of conscience, but in private conversation, no matter what crimes a man may have committed or how cynically he may have debased his talent or his friends, variations on the answer "Yes, but I did it for the money," satisfy all but the most tiresome objections. ”

- Lewis H. Lapham

“ There is one expanding horror in American life. It is that our long odyssey toward liberty, democracy and freedom-for-all may be achieved in such a way that utopia remains forever closed, and we live in freedom and hell, debased of style, not individual from one another, void of courage, our fear rationalized away. ”

- Norman Mailer
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