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Lord Acton quotes

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn as much by writing as by reading.

Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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.

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

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

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.

Every thing secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.