Lord Acton Quotes

Lord Acton Quotes: The State is competent to assign duties and draw the line between good and evil only in its immediate sphere. Beyond the limits of things necessary for its well-being, it can only give indirect help to fight the battle of life by promoting the influences which prevail against temptation--religion, education, and the distribution of wealth.
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Lord Acton Quote: I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike other men, with a favorable presumption that they do no wrong. If there is any presumption, it is the other way against holders of power...power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
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Quotes about Lord Acton: 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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Quote about Lord Acton: I'm not a driven businessman, but a driven artist. I never think about money. Beautiful things make money.
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Lord Acton Sayings: 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.
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Lord Acton Saying: A public man has no right to let his actions be determined by particular interests. He does the same thing as a judge who accepts a bribe. Like a judge he must consider what is right, not what is advantageous to a party or class.
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Sayings about Lord Acton: Neither an enlightened philosophy, nor all the political wisdom of Rome, nor even the faith and virtue of the Christians availed against the incorrigible tradition of antiquity. Something was wanted, beyond all the gifts of reflection and experience -- a faculty of self government and self control, developed like its language in the fibre of a nation, and growing with its growth.
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Saying about Lord Acton: Liberty, next to religion has been the motive of good deeds and the common pretext of crime, from the sowing of the seed at Athens, 2,460 years ago, until the ripened harvest was gathered by men of our race. It 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. In every age its progress has been beset by its natural enemies, by ignorance and superstition, by lust of conquest and by love of ease, by the strong man's craving for power, and the poor man's craving for food.
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Lord Acton Quotes: A government does not desire its powers to be strictly defined, but the subjects require the line to be drawn with increasing precision.
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Lord Acton Quote: Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end...liberty is the only object which benefits all alike, and provokes no sincere opposition...The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. ~ Every class is unfit to govern ... Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.
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Quotes about Lord Acton: For centuries it was never discovered that education was a function of the State, and the State never attempted to educate. But when modern absolutism arose, it laid claim to everything on behalf of the sovereign power....When the revolutionary theory of government began to prevail, and Church and State found that they were educating for opposite ends and in a contradictory spirit, it became necessary to remove children entirely from the influence of religion.
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Quote about Lord Acton: The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern: every class is unfit to govern.
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Lord Acton Sayings: If some great catastrophe is not announced every morning, we feel a certain void. Nothing in the paper today, we sigh.
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Lord Acton Saying: Truth is the only merit that gives dignity and worth to history.
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Sayings about Lord Acton: Character is tested by true sentiments more than by conduct. A man is seldom better than his word.
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Saying about Lord Acton: Piety sometimes gives birth to scruples, and faith to superstition, when they are not directed by wisdom and knowledge.
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Lord Acton Quotes: Though oppression may give rise to violent and repeated outbreaks, like the convulsions of a man in pain, it cannot mature a settled purpose and plan of regeneration, unless a new notion of happiness is joined to the sense of present evil.
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Lord Acton Quote: Ink was not invented to express our real feelings.
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