Quotes / Every Man Has His Price

"Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder."
George Washington, Moral Maxims

"By the time a man gets to be presidential material, he has been bought several times over."

"Isnít it funny how you magically get your memory back after sniffing a bunch of cash stuffed into a Big Bird suitcase? The scent of cash really is truth perfume (or lie perfume, depending on the situation)."
Michael K., "Elmo Accuser Gets a Visit From the Sesame Street Mafia"

"Modern man has transformed himself into a commodity; he experiences his life energy as an investment with which he should make the highest profit, considering his position and the situation on the personality market. He is alienated from himself, from his fellow men and from nature. His main aim is profitable exchange of his skills, knowledge, and of himself, his "personality package" with others who are equally intent on a fair and profitable exchange. Life has no goal except the one to move, no principle except the one of fair exchange, no satisfaction except the one to consume."
Erich Fromm

"Follow the money."
Deepthroat, All the President's Men

"Everyone has his price. What if I gave you these priceless diamonds?"

"I don't know what's more sad, that every man has his price, or that it's always so low."
Hobbes, Calvin and Hobbes

"A Kenyan man once said to me, 'you can get used to everything when money's involved.' He used to stick mice up his ass for twenty bucks a time."
Spider Jerusalem, Transmetropolitan

"Everybody's got a price
Everybody's gonna pay
'Cause the Million Dollar Man
Always gets his way
Some may cost a little
Some may cost a lot
But I'm the Million Dollar Man
And you
will be bought!
The Million Dollar Man's entrance music, WWF

"Pay a man enough, and he'll walk barefoot into Hell."

"His loyalty couldn't be bought at any price; but it could be rented remarkably cheaply."
Inquisitor Allendyne, Warhammer 40,000, after the execution of Rogue Trader Parnis Vermode for trafficking in interdicted Xenos artifacts

Wade: So let me get this straight, Jimmy: You shot 'im in the leg. You stole his car. You took his girl. And now you want Valentin Zukovsky to set you up with Janus? What are you gonna do? Appeal to his heart?
Bond: No, his wallet.
Wade: [approvingly] That'll work.

Tulio: I wouldn't set foot in that jungle for a million pesetas!
Miguel: How about... a hundred million?
Tulio: ...What?
Miguel: I just thought that, since, after all, El Dorado is the city of gold...
Tulio: What's your point?
Miguel: You know, dust, nuggets, bricks... A temple of gold where you can pluck gold from the very walls, but you don't want to go, so let's get back in the boat and row back to Spain! After all, it worked so well last time...
Tulio: Wait!... Wait a minute, new plan. We find the city of gold... We take the gold... And then we go back to Spain.
Miguel: And buy Spain! That's the spirit!

"You forgot the cardinal rule of employing mercenaries. They follow the person with the money."
Tattletale, Worm

"Why do humans keep thinking that minimum wage buys undying loyalty?"
Sam, Freefall

"Macca opens all doors. I'd be willing to do this for you for a little compensation. You can also pay me in Play Coins, if you'd like."

Henri Mer: We're the good guys.
Florence: Enough was offered for some of your people to become the bad guys.
Henri Mer: That is a very rare occurrence.
Florence: No, it isn't. Do you want me to list from history examples of individuals who sold out for money?

Woman: I'll cover you in gold.
Théo: I am very tall.
Grunlek: No no, I'm smaller, so I'd have less.
B.O.B.: And I'm scrawny, I'd be getting screwed over.
Théo: I'll raise my hands.
Balthazar: Or my staff. (to Grunlek) I'm sure you could use your grappling hook. You say we're incorruptible, it just means we're more expensive.

Servalan: You are infinitely corruptible. You'd sell out anybody, wouldn't you?
Avon: I don't know; I never really had an offer I felt was worthy of me.
Blake's 7, "Aftermath"