Best Quotes by Lord Acton (Top 10)

  1. Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
  2. The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.
  3. Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.
  4. The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern: every class is unfit to govern.
  5. A wise person does at once, what a fool does at last. Both do the same thing; only at different times.
  6. Property is not the sacred right. When a rich man becomes poor it is a misfortune, it is not a moral evil. When a poor man becomes destitute, it is a moral evil, teeming with consequences and injurious to society and morality.
  7. Every thing secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.
  8. It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority. For there is a reserve of latent power in the masses which, if it is called into play, the minority can seldom resist. But from the absolute will of an entire people there is no appeal, no redemption, no refuge but treason.
  9. Judge talent at its best and character at its worst.
  10. Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral laws are written on the table of eternity.

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