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Lord Acton Quotes
Brief author info: Lord Acton (1834-1902) English historian.
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Character is tested by true sentiments more than by conduct. A man is seldom better than his word.
No public character has ever stood the revelation of private utterance and correspondence.
History provides neither compensation for suffering nor penalties for wrong.
The history of institutions is often a history of deception and illusions; for their virtue depends on the ideas that produce and on the spirit that preserves them, and the form may remain unaltered when the substance has passed away.
Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.
Liberty, next to religion, has been the motive of good deeds and the common pretext of crime.
Patriotism is in political life what faith is in religion.
The few have not strength to achieve great changes unaided; the many have not wisdom to be moved by truth unmixed.
There is no evidence to support the belief that Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev ever questioned Americas power. He questioned only the President's John F. Kennedys readiness to use it. Elie Abel, The Missile Crisis (1966) Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
False principles, which correspond with the bad as well as with the just aspirations of mankind, are a normal and necessary element in the social life of nations.
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