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

R
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.
A
Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral laws are written on the table of eternity.
N
The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.
K
Every thing secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Letter to Mary Gladstone, 1881.
R: Letter, 23 Jan 1861; in "Lord Acton and his Circle," ed. Abbot Gasquet, 1906.
A: In <a href="http://www.cyber-nation.com/cgi-bin/victory/quotations/qlreferral/quotelib.pl?id=10115">The Ultimate Success Quotations Library</a>, 1997.
N: "The History of Freedom in Antiquity."
K: Letter, 23 Jan 1861; in "Lord Acton and his Circle," ed. Abbot Gasquet, 1906.
   


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