John Emerich Edward Dalberg; Lord Acton

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A State which is incompetent to satisfy different races condemns itself. Minorities & Women
Almost all that has been done for the good of the people has been done since the right lost the monopoly of power, since the rights of property were discovered to be not unlimited. Power
Be more severe to ideas than to actions; do not over look the strength of the bad cause or the weakness of the good. Policy & Policy Making
By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes to be his duty against the influences of authority and majorities, custom and opinion. Freedom & Liberty
Great men are almost always bad men. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
If men are not kept straight by duty, they must be by fear. The more they are kept by fear, the less they are free. Freedom & Liberty
It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority.... From the absolute will of an entire people there is no appeal, no redemption, no refuge but treason. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Liberty and good government do not exclude each other. Freedom & Liberty
Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is the highest political end. Freedom & Liberty
Liberty is not a means to higher political end. It is itself the highest political end. Freedom & Liberty
No public character has ever stood the revelation of private utterance and correspondence. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Patriotism is in political life what faith is in religion. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Public discussion demands at least the profession of good faith. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Suspect power more than vice. Power
The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern. Management & Managing Government
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 over authority. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority. Democracies & Republics
There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. Human Nature
There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits