David Brin Quote

“It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.”

~ David Brin

Ratings and Comments

King_Cotto, Notts

spot on and I love the jibe implied in 'the sane' LOL

jim k, Austin,Tx

The sane usually avoid politics as evidenced by the people running the country today.


I agree there, Jim, I don't involve myself in any form of politics, except when it comes to voting. I am not ignorant of what's going on in the word, I just try not to dwell on it too much or I get angry.

E Archer, NYC

If the 'sane' do not take a more active responsibility in keeping their servant government chained to the Constitution, the insanity will continue.

Justin, Elkland

Sane men will surely be drawn by power and money to an enterprise. It is a natural thing for a man to want to be rich or powerful. In the case of government it is the mixing of the two that has been so destructive. The office of the president has always been one of great power. But the presidency was never so lucrative in the Age of Statesmen.

Mike, Norwalk

LOL I love it. All above have good points. I think that if the term 'sane' were changed to, 'those with no criminal intent,' the comedic concept would be more accurate.

David, Orlando

Most of the people you work with are sane. But they are all hungry for power, in one form or another. If they get what they want, they always want more. Hence, Power corrupts. The sane can be.

Mick, Manchester

Chicken and egg argument but I can think of a few national leaders who would tick the 'in-sane' box as well as a few potential ones.

Felipe, So Paulo

I'm in doubt. I've saw this quote in a Frank Herbert book (one of the Dune series). Who took from who?


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