Lord Acton

Lord Acton

British historian

Lived from: 1834-1902

Category: History and sociology

Quotes: Lord Acton

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    A wise person does at once, what a fool does at last. Both do the same thing; only at different times.
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    Every thing secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.
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    Learn as much by writing as by reading.
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    Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.
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    Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral laws are written on the table of eternity.
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    Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
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    The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern.
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    The man who prefers his country before any other duty shows the same spirit as the man who surrenders every right to the state. They both deny that right is superior to authority.
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    The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.
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    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.
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