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Lord Acton quotes

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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; and the knowledge of the past, the record of truths revealed by experience, is eminently practical, as an instrument of action and a power that goes to making the future.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn as much by writing as by reading.

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 corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.