John Acton Quotes

History provides neither compensation for suffering nor penalties for wrong... view

By: John Acton

The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities... view

By: John Acton

The greatest men, you can quote for everything... view

By: John Acton

The fate of every democracy, of every government based on the sovereignty of the people, depends on the choices it makes between these opposite principles, absolute power on the one hand, and on the other the restraints of legality and the authority of tradition... view

By: John Acton

Save for the wild force of Nature, nothing moves in this world that is not Greek in its origin... view

By: John Acton

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely... view

By: John Acton

Liberty is the prevention of control by others... view

By: John Acton

If the past has been an obstacle and a burden, knowledge of the past is the safest and the surest emancipation... view

By: John Acton

Far from being the product of a democratic revolution and of an opposition to English institutions, the constitution of the United States was the result of a powerful reaction against democracy, and in favor of the traditions of the mother country... view

By: John Acton

By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes is his duty against the influence of authority and majorities, custom and opinion... view

By: John Acton

By a series of violent shocks, the nations in succession have struggled to shake off the Past, to reverse the action of Time and the verdict of success, and to rescue the world from the reign of the dead... view

By: John Acton

Liberty is the condition of duty, the guardian of conscience. It grows as conscience grows. The domains of both grow together. Liberty is safety from all hindrances, even sin. So that Liberty ends by being Free Will... view

By: John Acton