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Letter "J" » John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Quotes
«Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.»
«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»
«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. All power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.»
«Be not content with the best book; seek sidelights from the others; have no favorites»
«(History is) not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul»
«There is not a soul who does not have to beg alms of another, either a smile, a handshake, or a fond eye»
«Never be surprised at the crumbling of an idol or the disclosure of a skeleton»
«A people averse to the institution of private property is without the first element of freedom»
«The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities»
«Guard against the prestige of great names; see that your judgments are your own; and do not shrink from disagreement; no trusting without testing»