John Emerich Edward Dalberg, Lord Acton Quotes

Liberty is not a means to a political end. It is itself the highest political end.

If there were no Tories, I am afraid he would invent them.

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.

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 super add the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.

Never be surprised at the crumbling of an idol or the disclosure of a skeleton.

It is our function to keep in view and to command the movement of ideas, which are not the effect but the cause of public events.

Every decision you make is a mistake.

The strong man with the dagger is followed by the weaker man with the sponge. First, the criminal who slays; then the sophist who defends the slayer.

Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility. Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely.

There is not a soul who does not have to beg alms of another, either a smile, a handshake, or a fond eye.