John Acton

John Acton

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Author Profession: English Historian
Born: January 10, 1834
Died: June 19, 1902
Birth Sign: Capricorn

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Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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.

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.

The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.

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

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

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.

History provides neither compensation for suffering nor penalties for wrong.

Liberty is the prevention of control by others.

The greatest men, you can quote for everything.

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.

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.

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. Oscar Wilde

You have to enjoy life. Always be surrounded by people that you like, people who have a nice conversation. There are so many positive things to think about. Sophia Loren

If anybody wanted to photograph my life, they'd get bored in a day. Matt Damon

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