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John Dalberg, Lord Acton Quotes

John Dalberg, Lord Acton John Dalberg, Lord Acton
Everything secret degenerates nothing is safe that does not bear discussion and publicity.

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Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men....

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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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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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Be more severe to ideas than to actions do not over look the strength of the bad cause or the weakness of the good.

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There is no error so monstrous that it fails to find defenders among the ablest men.

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There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.

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Patriotism is in political life what faith is in religion.

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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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Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility.

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Be not content with the best book seek sidelights from the others have no favourites.

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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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Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral laws are written on the tablets of eternity.

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Learn as much by writing as by reading.

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