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  • The long term versus the short term argument is one used by losers.
    (Lord Acton)

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

  • I'm not a driven businessman, but a driven artist. I never think about money. Beautiful things make money.
    (Lord Acton)

  • History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.
    (Lord Acton)

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


  • 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.
    (Lord Acton)

  • 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.
    (Lord Acton)

  • Socialism means slavery.
    (Lord Acton)

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

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

  • 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.
    (Lord Acton)

  • Learn as much by writing as by reading.
    (Lord Acton)

  • Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.
    (Lord Acton)

  • 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.
    (Lord Acton)

  • There is no error so monstrous that it fails to find defenders among the ablest men.
    (Lord Acton)


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