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15 Famous Quotes by Lord Acton
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Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.

Business Quotes, by Lord Acton

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

Satisfaction Quotes, by Lord Acton

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Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Politics / government Quotes, by Lord Acton

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

Country Quotes, by Lord Acton

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

Government Quotes, by Lord Acton

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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.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Lord Acton

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

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Lord Acton

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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.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Lord Acton

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The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the party that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.

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A wise person does at once, what a fool does at last. Both do the same thing; only at different times.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Lord Acton

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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.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Lord Acton

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Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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

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It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority. For there is a reserve of latent power in the masses which, if it is called into play, the minority can seldom resist. But from the absolute will of an entire people there is no appeal, no redemption, no refuge but treason.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Lord Acton

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

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