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 :: 1834 - 1902, British Historian

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A wise person does at once, what a fool does at last. Both do the same thing; only at different times.
~ Lord Acton - [Procrastination]

 

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Every thing secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.
~ Lord Acton - [Secrets]

 

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Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral laws are written on the table of eternity.
~ Lord Acton - [Opinions]

 

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Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
~ Lord Acton - [Power]

 

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The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern.
~ Lord Acton - [Society]

 

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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 - [Argument]

 

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To be able to look back upon one's past life with satisfaction is to live twice.
~ Lord Acton - [Satisfaction]

 

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