Lord Acton Dalberg

1834 - 1902

A Quote by John Dalberg, Lord Acton on danger

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The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern.

Lord Acton Dalberg (1834 - 1902)

Source: Letter to Mary Gladstone, 1881.

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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 errors, failure, and men

There is no error so monstrous that it fails to find defenders among the ablest men.

Lord Acton Dalberg (1834 - 1902)

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A Quote by John Dalberg, Lord Acton on certainty, country, judgment, minorities, and security

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

Lord Acton Dalberg (1834 - 1902)

Source: The History of Freedom in Antiquity

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A Quote by John Dalberg, Lord Acton on accuracy, habits, history, learning, proof, theory, and writers

Writers the most learned, the most accurate in details, and the soundest in tendency, frequently fall into a habit which can neither be cured nor pardoned - the habit of making history into the proof of their theories.

Lord Acton Dalberg (1834 - 1902)

Source: Letter to Mary Gladstone, 24 April 1881.

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A Quote by John Dalberg, Lord Acton on ignorance and simplicity

There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion.

Lord Acton Dalberg (1834 - 1902)

Source: Letter, 23 Jan 1861; in Lord Acton and his Circle, ed. Abbot Gasquet, 1906.

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A Quote by John Dalberg, Lord Acton on liberty and politics

Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.

Lord Acton Dalberg (1834 - 1902)

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A Quote by John Dalberg, Lord Acton

A wise person does at once, what a fool does at last. Both do the same thing; only at different times.

Lord Acton Dalberg (1834 - 1902)

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