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John Acton Quotes and Sayings

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History provides neither compensation for suffering nor penalties for wrong.
- John Acton

If the past has been an obstacle and a burden,
knowledge of the past is the safest and the surest emancipation.
- John Acton

The most certain test by which we judge whether a country
is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.
- John Acton

By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall
be protected in doing what he believes is his duty
against the influence of authority and majorities,
custom and opinion.
- John Acton

 

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
- John Acton

The greatest men, you can quote for everything.
- John Acton

Liberty is the prevention of control by others.
- John Acton

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Save for the wild force of Nature, nothing moves in
this world that is not Greek in its origin.
- John Acton

By a series of violent shocks, the nations in succession
have struggled to shake off the Past,
to reverse the action of Time and the verdict of success,
and to rescue the world from the reign of the dead.
- John Acton

Far from being the product of a democratic revolution
and of an opposition to English institutions,
the constitution of the United States was the result
of a powerful reaction against democracy,
and in favor of the traditions of the mother country.
- John Acton

The fate of every democracy, of every government based
on the sovereignty of the people,
depends on the choices it makes between these opposite principles,
absolute power on the one hand, and on the other the
restraints of legality and the authority of tradition.
- John Acton

Liberty is the condition of duty, the guardian of conscience.
It grows as conscience grows.
The domains of both grow together.
Liberty is safety from all hindrances,
even sin.
So that Liberty ends by being Free Will.
- John Acton

Live out of your imagination, not your history.
- Stephen Covey

Who has fully realized that history
is not contained in thick books
but lives in our very blood?
- Carl Jung

Well-behaved women seldom make history.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That is why it is called Present.
- Anonymous

A small body of determined spirits
fired by an unquenchable faith
in their mission
can alter the course of history.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

History is more or less bunk.
- Henry Ford

History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes,
follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
- Edward Gibbon

History is a vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

History is a gallery of pictures in which there are
few originals and many copies.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

History is a vision of God's creation on the move.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.
- Ted Koppel

For the very first time the young are
seeing history being made
before it is censored by their elders.
- Margaret Mead

History is an account, mostly false,
of events,
mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers,
mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
- Ambrose Bierce

Human history becomes more and more a race between
education and catastrophe.
- H. G. Wells

It's a very good historical book about history.
- Dan Quayle

History is a pack of lies about events that never happened
told by people who weren't there.
- George Santayana

It is the soothing thing about history that it does repeat itself.
- Gertrude Stein

Everything we say, do, think, and feel
is a product of our personal history
and the collective history of humankind.
Our name for these histories is "prejudice."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
- James A. Baldwin

Pick up a stone that feels good to you
and is small enough to hold in one hand.
Consider how long that stone has been around
and what enormous pressure it has experienced.
Draw strength from its long history.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

That great dust-heap called 'history'.
- Augustine Birrell

Naturally, every age thinks that all ages before it were prejudiced,
and today we think this more than ever, and are just as wrong
as all previous ages that thought so.
How often have we not seen the truth condemned!
It is sad but unfortunately true that man learns nothing from history.
- Carl Jung

History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.
- Konrad Adenauer

In the long history of humankind (and animal-kind, too)
those who learned to collaborate and
improvise most effectively have prevailed.
- Charles Darwin

The importance of history is in it's
educational value for our lives today,
not in regret, resentment, or revenge.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You have to look at history as an evolution of society.
- Jean Chretien

Never doubt that you can change history.
You already have.
- Marge Piercy

Everything we believe is a matter of evolution and history.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

France is delighted at this new opportunity to show
the world that when one has the will one can succeed
in joining peoples who have been brought close by history.
- Francois Mitterrand

History never looks like history when you are living through it.
- John W. Gardner

People that are really very weird can get into sensitive
positions and have a tremendous impact on history.
- Dan Quayle

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.
- Henry James

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.
- A. Whitney Brown

September 11th was a moment when America had the sympathy of the world.
- Tom Ford

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires.
Seek discipline and find your liberty.
- Frank Herbert

A pint of sweat, saves a gallon of blood.
- George S. Patton

I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm.
- Calvin Coolidge

The very ink with which all history
is written is merely fluid prejudice.
- Mark Twain

Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.
- Christopher Columbus

Americans love to fight.
All real Americans love the sting of battle.
- George S. Patton

We learned the value of research in World War II.
- Amar Bose

Remember, God provides the best camouflage several hours out of every 24.
- David M. Shoup

Beware of endeavoring to become a great man in a hurry.
One such attempt in ten thousand may succeed.
These are fearful odds.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Stonehenge was built possibly by the Minoans.
It presents one of man's first attempts to order his
view of the outside world.
- Stephen Gardiner

They were afraid, never having learned what I taught myself:
Defeat the fear of death and welcome the death of fear.
- G. Gordon Liddy

An Edwardian lady in full dress was a wonder to behold,
and her preparations for viewing were awesome.
- William Manchester

Why should we honour those that die upon the field
of battle? A man may show as reckless a courage in
entering into the abyss of himself.
- William Butler Yeats

Russians can give you arms but only the United States can give you a solution.
- Anwar Sadat

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
- George Santayana

No greater nor more affectionate honor can be conferred
on an American than to have a public school named after him.
- Herbert Hoover

I'm the only person of distinction who has ever had
a depression named for him.
- Herbert Hoover

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations.
Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
- George Washington

Civilization is a movement and not a condition,
a voyage and not a harbor.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

I can see clearly now...
that I was wrong in not acting more decisively and
more forthrightly in dealing with Watergate.
- Richard M. Nixon

Tell the FBI that the kidnappers should pick out a
judge that Nixon wants back.
- William O. Douglas

90 percent of my time is spent on 10 percent of the world.
- Colin Powell

I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax
their lives with forethought of grief...
For a time I rest in the grace of the world,
and am free.
- Wendell Berry


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