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John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, 1st Baron Acton (1834)

Denied admission to Cambridge University because of his Roman Catholicism, Acton studied instead in Munich. He went on to become a noted historian and member of English Parliament. Outspoken against arbitrary power, he was also an editor of a Catholic monthly but resigned due to papal criticism of his scientific approach to history. He coined the saying "Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely." Another of Acton's sayings is that a strong man with a dagger is followed by whom? More...
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John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, 1st Baron Acton (1834)
Denied admission to Cambridge University because of his Roman Catholicism, Acton studied instead in Munich. He went on to become a noted historian and member of English Parliament. Outspoken against arbitrary power, he was also an editor of a Catholic monthly but resigned due to papal criticism of his scientific approach to history. He coined the saying "Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely."
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Ummm, what "English Parliament' ? d'oh!

I know people at the time used 'England' to mean the Union, but Wikipedia articles should be more careful.
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John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton

Some remarkable quotations:
“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
"Great men are almost always bad men."
“There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.”
“The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.”
“Be not content with the best book; seek sidelights from the others; have no favourites.”
"Save for the wild force of Nature, nothing moves in this world that is not Greek in its origin."
"Liberty is not the power of doing what we like, but the right of being able to do what we ought."
"Study problems in preference to periods."
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