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Lord Acton Quotes

Lord Acton Quote: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Lord Acton Quote: “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority.”
Lord Acton Quote: “Great men are almost always bad men.”
Lord Acton Quote: “History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.”
Lord Acton Quote: “The finest opportunity ever given to the world was thrown away because the passion of equality made vain the hope for freedom.”
Lord Acton Quote: “Learn as much by writing as by reading.”
Lord Acton Quote: “Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.”
Lord Acton Quote: “Save for the wild force of Nature, nothing moves in this world that is not Greek in its origin.”
Lord Acton Quote: “Liberty is not the power of doing what we like, but the right of being able to do what we ought.”
Lord Acton Quote: “A wise person does at once, what a fool does at last. Both do the same thing; only at different times.”
Lord Acton Quote: “Liberty is the prevention of control by others.”
Lord Acton Quote: “The mills of God grind slowly.”
Lord Acton Quote: “A generous spirit prefers that his country should be poor, and weak, and of no account, but free, rather than powerful, prosperous, and enslaved.”
Lord Acton Quote: “Men cannot be made good by the state, but they can easily be made bad. Morality depends on liberty.”
Lord Acton Quote: “Despotic power is always accompanied by corruption of morality.”
Lord Acton Quote: “The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks.”
Lord Acton Quote: “Property is not the sacred right. When a rich man becomes poor it is a misfortune, it is not a moral evil. When a poor man becomes destitute, it is a moral evil, teeming with consequences and injurious to society and morality.”
Lord Acton Quote: “The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority.”
Lord Acton Quote: “Every class is unfit to govern.”
Lord Acton Quote: “By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes to be his duty against the influences of authority and majorities, custom and opinion.”
Lord Acton Quote: “It is easier to find people fit to govern themselves than people fit to govern others.”
Lord Acton Quote: “I’m not a driven businessman, but a driven artist. I never think about money. Beautiful things make money.”
Lord Acton Quote: “Liberty has not only enemies which it conquers, but perfidious friends, who rob the fruits of its victories: Absolute democracy, socialism.”
Lord Acton Quote: “The strong man with the dagger is followed by the weak man with the sponge.”
Lord Acton Quote: “Feudalism made land the measure and the master of all things.”
Lord Acton Quote: “History is not only a particular branch of knowledge, but a particular mode and method of knowledge in other branches.”
Lord Acton Quote: “I have reached the end of my time, and have hardly come to the beginning of my task.”
Lord Acton Quote: “Judge talent at its best and character at its worst.”
Lord Acton Quote: “There is not a more perilous or immoral habit of mind than the sanctifying of success.”
Lord Acton Quote: “Every thing secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.”
Lord Acton Quote: “At all times sincere friends of freedom have been rare, and its triumphs have been due to minorities, that have prevailed by associating themselves with auxiliaries whose objects often differed from their own; and this association, which is always dangerous, has sometimes been disastrous.”
Lord Acton Quote: “Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority.”
Lord Acton Quote: “A people averse to the institution of private property is without the first elements of freedom.”
Lord Acton Quote: “Before men can find peace and harmony within themselves they must first fall in love with their country.”
Lord Acton Quote: “The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.”
Lord Acton Quote: “Limitation is essential to authority. A government is legitimate only if it is effectively limited.”
Lord Acton Quote: “Liberty is the harmony between the will and the law.”
Lord Acton Quote: “The true guide of our conduct is no outward authority, but the voice of God, who comes down to dwell in our souls, who knows all our thoughts, to whom are owing all the truth we know, and all the good we do; for vice is voluntary, and virtue comes from the grace of the heavenly spirit within.”
Lord Acton Quote: “Fanaticism displays itself in the masses; but the masses were rarely fanaticised; and the crimes ascribed to it were commonly due to the calculations of dispassionate politicians.”
Lord Acton Quote: “There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion.”
Lord Acton Quote: “Truth is the only merit that gives dignity and worth to history.”
Lord Acton Quote: “Government rules the present. Literature rules the future.”
Lord Acton Quote: “The will of the people cannot make just that which is unjust.”
Lord Acton Quote: “Be generous before you are just. Do not temper mercy with justice.”
Lord Acton Quote: “A public man has no right to let his actions be determined by particular interests. He does the same thing as a judge who accepts a bribe. Like a judge he must consider what is right, not what is advantageous to a party or class.”
Lord Acton Quote: “We are not sure we are right until we have made the best case possible for those who are wrong.”
Lord Acton Quote: “Character is tested by true sentiments more than by conduct. A man is seldom better than his word.”
Lord Acton Quote: “History, to be above evasion or dispute, must stand on documents, not on opinions.”
Lord Acton Quote: “Authority that does not exist for Liberty is not authority but force.”
Lord Acton Quote: “Progress, the religion of those who have none.”
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