Aphorisms by author: John Acton

The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.
By theme : Democracy Liberty State
A wise person does at once, what a fool does at last. Both do the same thing; only at different times.
By theme : Behavior Stupidity Wisdom
The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the party that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.
By theme : Democracy Politics
And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that.
By theme : Politics Society
Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.
By theme : Liberty Politics
The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern.
By theme : Politics Society
Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral laws are written on the table of eternity.
By theme : Morality
Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
By theme : Behavior Morality Politics Society
Everything secret degenerates; nothing is safe that does not bear discussion and publicity.
By theme : Behavior Democracy Politics Society State
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