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Quote from Charles Francis Adams,

"Failure seems to be regarded as the one unpardonable crime, success as the all-redeeming virtue, the acquisition of wealth as the single worthy aim of life. Ten years ago such revelations as these of the Erie Railway would have sent a shudder through the community, and would have placed a stigma on every man who had had to do them. Now they merely incite others to surpass by yet bolder outrages and more corrupt combinations."


Charles Francis Adams (more quotes by Charles Francis Adams or books by/about Charles Francis Adams)

(1807-1886) American lawyer, politician, diplomat and writer, son of President John Quincy Adams, grandson of President John Adams


A chapter of Erie, pg 146, 1869.


Corruption, Greed, Honor, Usurpation, Virtue, Wealth


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