Lord Acton Quotes

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

Lord Acton

By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes his duty against the influence of authority and majorities, custom and opinion.

Lord Acton

There are many things the government can't do, many good purposes it must renounce. It must leave them to the enterprise of others. It cannot feed the people. It cannot enrich the people. It cannot teach the people. It cannot convert the people

Lord Acton

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.

Lord Acton

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

Lord Acton

History is not only a particular branch of knowledge, but a particular mode and method of knowledge in other branches.

Lord Acton

History, to be above evasion or dispute, must stand on documents, not on opinions.

Lord Acton

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

Lord Acton

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

Lord Acton

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

Lord Acton

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