Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral laws are written on the table of eternity.
Lord Acton Dalberg (1834 - 1902)
Contributed by: Zaady
Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility.
Patriotism is in political life what faith is in religion.
Source: 'Nationality', in The Home and Foreign Review, July 1862.
The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern.
Source: Letter to Mary Gladstone, 1881.
Learn as much by writing as by reading.
Source: Quotations of Wit and Wisdom, ed. & John W. Garder et al., 1975.
Guard against the prestige of great names; see that your judgments are your own; and do not shrink from disagreement; no trusting without testing.
Source: "Inaugural Lecture on The Study of History," Cambridge, 11 Jun 1895.
There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men. . . .
Source: Letter in Life of Bishop Mandell Creighton, 3 Apr 1887
Be not content with the best book; seek sidelights from the others; have no favourites.
To be able to look back upon one's past life with satisfaction is to live twice.
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