Lord Acton Dalberg

1834 - 1902

A Quote by John Dalberg, Lord Acton on change, eternity, laws, and manners

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

Lord Acton Dalberg (1834 - 1902)

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A Quote by John Dalberg, Lord Acton on history and responsibility

Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility.

Lord Acton Dalberg (1834 - 1902)

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A Quote by John Dalberg, Lord Acton on faith, life, patriotism, politics, and religion

Patriotism is in political life what faith is in religion.

Lord Acton Dalberg (1834 - 1902)

Source: 'Nationality', in The Home and Foreign Review, July 1862.

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A Quote by John Dalberg, Lord Acton on learning, reading, and writing

Learn as much by writing as by reading.

Lord Acton Dalberg (1834 - 1902)

Source: Quotations of Wit and Wisdom, ed. & John W. Garder et al., 1975.

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A Quote by John Dalberg, Lord Acton on names, testing, and trust

Guard against the prestige of great names; see that your judgments are your own; and do not shrink from disagreement; no trusting without testing.

Lord Acton Dalberg (1834 - 1902)

Source: "Inaugural Lecture on The Study of History," Cambridge, 11 Jun 1895.

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A Quote by John Dalberg, Lord Acton on heresy

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There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.

Lord Acton Dalberg (1834 - 1902)

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A Quote by John Dalberg, Lord Acton on corruption, men, and power

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men. . . .

Lord Acton Dalberg (1834 - 1902)

Source: Letter in Life of Bishop Mandell Creighton, 3 Apr 1887

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A Quote by John Dalberg, Lord Acton on books and contentment

Be not content with the best book; seek sidelights from the others; have no favourites.

Lord Acton Dalberg (1834 - 1902)

Source: "Inaugural Lecture on The Study of History," Cambridge, 11 Jun 1895.

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A Quote by John Dalberg, Lord Acton on life, past, and satisfaction

To be able to look back upon one's past life with satisfaction is to live twice.

Lord Acton Dalberg (1834 - 1902)

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A Quote by John Dalberg, Lord Acton on publicity and secrets

Everything secret degenerates; nothing is safe that does not bear discussion and publicity.

Lord Acton Dalberg (1834 - 1902)

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