• John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton (1834–1902). "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." Great things, these Search Engines!
  • more recenently than Baron Acton (great answer Permlink) I seem to recall former President Regan quoting something along that line in one of his speeches.
  • That quote is in the movie 'Shawshank redemption'
  • "Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely" An observation that a person’s sense of morality lessens as his or her power increases. The statement was made by Lord Acton, a British historian of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. From Bartleby online:

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