Lord Acton Quotes

History provides neither compensation for suffering nor penalties for wrong.

History Quotes, Suffering Quotes

By a series of violent shocks, the nations in succession have struggled to shake off the Past, to reverse the action of Time and the verdict of success, and to rescue the world from the reign of the dead.

Success Quotes, Action Quotes, Time Quotes

There is not a soul who does not have to beg alms of another, either a smile, a handshake, or a fond eye.

Smile Quotes


The science of politics is the one science that is deposited by the streams of history, like the grains of gold in the sand of a river; and the knowledge of the past, the record of truths revealed by experience, is eminently practical, as an instrument of action and a power that goes to making the future.

Action Quotes, Knowledge Quotes, Truth Quotes, Experience Quotes, Future Quotes, History Quotes, Politics Quotes, Power Quotes, Science Quotes

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.

Rich Quotes, Evil Quotes, Sacred Quotes

Far from being the product of a democratic revolution and of an opposition to English institutions, the constitution of the United States was the result of a powerful reaction against democracy, and in favor of the traditions of the mother country.

Action Quotes, Democracy Quotes, Power Quotes, Revolution Quotes

Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral laws are written on the table of eternity.

Change Quotes, Opinion Quotes, Creed Quotes

By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes is his duty against the influence of authority and majorities, custom and opinion.

Opinion Quotes, Authority Quotes, Influence Quotes

Save for the wild force of Nature, nothing moves in this world that is not Greek in its origin.

Nature Quotes

I'm not a driven businessman, but a driven artist. I never think about money. Beautiful things make money.

Business Quotes, Money Quotes

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.

Ignorance Quotes, Mind Quotes

The greatest men, you can quote for everything.

Great Quotes, Men Quotes

History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.

Memories Quotes, History Quotes

To be able to look back upon one's past life with satisfaction is to live twice.

Life Quotes, Action Quotes

Every thing secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.

Justice Quotes

Machiavelli's teaching would hardly have stood the test of Parliamentary government, for public discussion demands at least the profession of good faith.

Faith Quotes

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.

Democracy Quotes, Elections Quotes, Evil Quotes

Liberty is the prevention of control by others.

Control Quotes

Liberty is the condition of duty, the guardian of conscience. It grows as conscience grows. The domains of both grow together. Liberty is safety from all hindrances, even sin. So that Liberty ends by being Free Will.

Conscience Quotes

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 to authority.

Authority Quotes

The long term versus the short term argument is one used by losers.

Argument Quotes

The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern: every class is unfit to govern.

Anger Quotes

A wise person does at once, what a fool does at last. Both do the same thing; only at different times.

Time Quotes

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

Knowledge Quotes

If some great catastrophe is not announced every morning, we feel a certain void. Nothing in the paper today, we sigh.

Great Quotes

5 Top Lord Acton quotes about Power

And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that.

Concentration Quotes, Control Quotes, History Quotes, Men Quotes, Power Quotes

The fate of every democracy, of every government based on the sovereignty of the people, depends on the choices it makes between these opposite principles, absolute power on the one hand, and on the other the restraints of legality and the authority of tradition.

Choice Quotes, Democracy Quotes, Fate Quotes, Authority Quotes, Power Quotes

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Power Quotes

Liberty is not the power of doing what we like, but the right to do what we ought.

Power Quotes

Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Power Quotes