Jim's Favorite Famous Quote, Quip, Axiom, and Maxim Repository
Lord Acton
John Acton
Lord Acton.
BornJanuary 10, 1834
Naples, Italy
DiedJune 19, 1902
Tegernsee, Bavaria
First Baron Acton of Aldenham. British historian. Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University.

The repository contains four quotes from Lord Acton.


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

FreedomPolitics and Government

It is easier to find people fit to govern themselves than people to govern others. Every man is the best, the most responsible, judge of his own advantage.

Politics and Government

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

ClassicsLeadershipPolitics and Government

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.