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John Dalberg Acton
(1834-1902) born on
Jan 10
English historian. He was a noted Christian liberal who edited "The Rambler" and planned the "Cambridge Modern History."
         
   
F
Be not content with the best book; seek sidelights from the others; have no favourites.

R
Guard against the prestige of great names; see that your judgments are your own; and do not shrink from disagreement; no trusting without testing.
A
Be more severe to ideas than to actions; do not over look the strength of the bad cause or the weakness of the good.
N
There is no error so monstrous that it fails to find defenders among the ablest men.
K
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Inaugural Lecture on The Study of History," Cambridge, 11 Jun 1895.
R: "Inaugural Lecture on The Study of History," Cambridge, 11 Jun 1895.
A: "Inaugural Lecture on The Study of History," Cambridge, 11 Jun 1895.
N: In "Shorter Bartlett's Familiar Quotations," by John Bartlett, 1937, 1980, 1992.
K: Letter, 3 Apr 1887, to Bishop Mandell Creighton; in "The Life and Letters of Mandell Creighton," 1904.
   


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