Lord Acton Quotes

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Patriotism is in political life what faith is in religion.

politics patriotism

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

power

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
— Lord Acton

power

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

error

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.
— Lord Acton
I'm not a driven businessman, but a driven artist. I never think about money. Beautiful things make money.
— Lord Acton

business

If the past has been an obstacle and a burden, knowledge of the past is the safest and the surest emancipation.

the past

The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.
— Lord Acton
Liberty . . . is the delicate fruit of a mature civilization; and scarcely a century has passed since nations that knew the meaning of the term resolved to be free.
— Lord Acton

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