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Quotation for Today – Lord Acton on morality and liberty


Given the actions and behaviours of politicians in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is well worth remembering this quote from Lord Acton

“Men cannot be made good by the state, but they can easily be made bad. Morality depends on liberty” .– Lord Acton


John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, 13th Marquess of Groppoli, KCVO, DL (10 January 1834 – 19 June 1902) was an English Catholic historian, politician, and writer. He was the only son of Sir Ferdinand Dalberg-Acton, 7th Baronet,[1] and a grandson of the Neapolitan admiral and prime minister Sir John Acton, 6th Baronet.[2][3] Between 1837 and 1869 he was known as Sir John Dalberg-Acton, 8th Baronet.

He is perhaps best known for the remark, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men…”, which he made in a letter to an Anglican bishop MORE AT LINK

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