Absolute Power, Corrupts Absolutely
Today is Quote Prompt day!
What lead me to today’s Quote Prompt?
Sleeping, crazy vivid dream, something involving a woman betraying me, but to her surprise when she opens the file she betrayed me for, all it says is “Absolute Power, Corrupts Absolutely.”
Then my dream faded to black and I heard my alarm for 4:25 am to get up for work.
To remember a dream that vividly, even after an eight-hour shift at work, makes me wonder if this dream meant something more or was just something crazy my mind made up for kicks.
Regardless, I knew I had heard that quote before so I did some searching and found out my mind had got the quote wrong. I don’t blame my dream-mind for messing the quote up, it got the main message right.
The real quote goes like this,
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”
– John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton (1834–1902).
Like I said, I don’t blame my brain for getting it wrong, because it is a pretty long quote and I think the dream scene had more impact because it was just, “Absolute Power, Corrupts Absolutely.”
Short, sweet, and simple. Like great writing is supposed to be.
For todays prompt, I want the quote (either version) to be the end of the scene. Set it up however you want, but make it the punchline or at least have it be a big player in the scene.
Again today’s PROMPT – Set up how you like, end with quote.
Should be a fun little romp into the fantastical parts of your mind. I know it was for me, and I didn’t even write the scene, just experienced it.
Have a great Thursday!
Sir Drewster III