Lord Acton Quotes

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... view

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Be not content with the best book.. view

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Every thing secret degenerates, even the administration of justice.. view

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History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul... view

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I'm not a driven businessman, but a driven artist. I never think about money. Beautiful things make money... view

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If some great catastrophe is not announced every morning, we feel a certain void. Nothing in the paper today, we sigh... view

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Learn as much by writing as by reading... view

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

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Liberty is not the power of doing what we like, but the right to do what we ought... view

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Machiavelli's teaching would hardly have stood the test of Parliamentary government, for public discussion demands at least the profession of good faith... view

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

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And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that... view

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

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A wise person does at once, what a fool does at last. Both do the same thing.. view

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Socialism means slavery... view

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The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern: every class is unfit to govern... view

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The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks... view

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The long term versus the short term argument is one used by losers... view

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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... view

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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... view

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The science of politics is the one science that is deposited by the streams of history, like the grains of gold in the sand of a river.. view

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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... view

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

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

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To be able to look back upon one's past life with satisfaction is to live twice... view

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Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely... view

By: Lord Acton