12 quotes found by John Acton

John Acton
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
power  Absolutely  Absolute  # 4963
John Acton
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.
together  Both  Free  # 4964
John Acton
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.
power  government  democracy  # 4965
John Acton
Save for the wild force of Nature, nothing moves in this world that is not Greek in its origin.
nature  force  save  # 4966
John Acton
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.
mother  Against  Far  # 4967
John Acton
If the past has been an obstacle and a burden, knowledge of the past is the safest and the surest emancipation.
knowledge  past  Burden  # 4968
John Acton
The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.
Whether  Free  Certain  # 4969
John Acton
Liberty is the prevention of control by others.
Others  control  liberty  # 4970
John Acton
History provides neither compensation for suffering nor penalties for wrong.
history  wrong  suffering  # 4971
John Acton
The greatest men, you can quote for everything.
men  Greatest  quote  # 4972
John Acton
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.
Mean  Against  liberty  # 4973
John Acton
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  time  past  # 4974