quotes tagged with 'lordacton'

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

Author: Lord Acton, Source: letter to Mary Gladstone, 24 April 1881Saved by ImaWriterIII in politics government danger party class corrupt govern lordacton 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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

Author: Lord Acton, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in life satisfaction living satisfy lordacton EDS 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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.

Author: Lord Acton, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in government patriotism right authority state country lordacton 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Author: Lord Acton, Source: Letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton, 1887Saved by ImaWriterIII in government power corrupt politicalpower lordacton absolute 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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

Author: Lord Acton, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in opinion eternity morals creeds lordacton manners 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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

Author: Lord Acton, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in government lordacton machiavelli profess 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Learn as much by writing as by reading.

Author: Lord Acton, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in education reading learning writing lordacton 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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

Author: Lord Acton, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in wise fool lordacton procrastinaate 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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

Author: Professor E.E.D. Acton (Lord Acton), Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in politics liberty government lordacton eedacton 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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

Author: Lord Acton, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in politics liberty tyranny lordacton 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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