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A spy, like a writer, lives outside the mainstream population. He steals his experience through bribes and reconstructs it.
John le Carre
Until the nineteen-seventies, Western countries paid little attention to corruption overseas, and bribery was seen as an unpleasant but necessary part of doing business there. In some European countries, businesses were even allowed to deduct bribes as an expense.
It is to be remedied that the false traitors will suffer no man to come into the king's presence for no cause without bribes where none ought to be had. Any man might have his coming to him to ask him grace or judgment in such case as the king may give.
When the severity of the law is to be softened, let pity, not bribes, be the motive.
Miguel de Cervantes
Who can wonder at the attractiveness... of the bar, for our ambitious young men, when the highest bribes of society are at the feet of the successful orator?
There are not many companies in China that dare to say in public, 'We don't offer bribes', or companies that operate only by market rules.
They say that it were great reproof to the king to take again what he has given, so that they will not suffer him to have his own good, nor land, nor forfeiture, nor any other good but they ask it from him, or else they take bribes of others to get it for him.
For any politician who didn't enter office a wealthy man, nothing says 'I take bribes' like a Rolex watch.
In the final analysis, finding a way to do clean business and not to pay bribes actually improves your bottom line.
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