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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Zeal corrupts like standing water.
            —Samuel Butler
  Corruption is like a ball of snow, when once set a rolling, it must increase. It gives momentum to the activity of the knave, but it chills the honest man, and makes him almost weary of his calling: and all that corruption attracts, it also retains; for it is easier not to fall, than only to fall once, and not to yield a single inch, then having yielded, to regain it.
            —C. C. Colton
  Corrupted as the grave.
            —James Montgomery
  There is something in corruption which, like a jaundiced eye, transfers the color of itself to the object it looks upon, and sees everything stained and impure.
            —Thomas Paine

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