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

-- Lord Acton

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Quotes by Lord Acton


  • Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.
  • There is not a soul who does not have to beg alms of another, either a smile, a handshake, or a fond eye.
  • 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.
  • Be not content with the best book; seek sidelights from the others; have no favourites.
  • [History is] not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.
  • The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks.
  • The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern: every class is unfit to govern.
  • Liberty is not the power of doing what we like, but the right to do what we ought.
  • There is no error so monstrous that it fails to find defenders among the ablest men.
  • Socialism means slavery.















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