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Posted by TheFallen on January 16, 2003

In Reply to: I NEED SOME HELP PLEASE! (and quick) posted by nikki on January 16, 2003

: "Absolute power corrupts absolutely!" if any one knows what this means PLEASE IM me at littlenik03 or email me at [email protected] I need help!!! and I need help by 1/14/03thank you byebye
: °Nikki °

The full quotation is "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." John Emerich Edward Dalberg, 1st Baron Acton (1834-1902), British historian. Letter, April 3, 1887, to Bishop Mandell Creighton. The Life and Letters of Mandell Creighton, vol. 1, ch. 13, ed. Louise Creighton .

The allegation is simply that, human nature being what it is, anyone having any sort of power over others is likely to abuse it for their own gain, and the more power they possess to wield, the more corrupt they will become.