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John Emerich Edward Dalberg

[1st Baron Acton]

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John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton (10 January 1834 – 19 June 1902), known as Sir John Dalberg-Acton, 8th Bt from 1837 to 1869 and usually referred to simply as Lord Acton, was an English Catholic historian, politician, and writer. He was the only son of Sir Ferdinand Dalberg-Acton, 7th Baronet and a grandson of the Neapolitan admiral Sir John Acton, 6th Baronet. He is famous for ... more »

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  • ''Every thing secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.''
    John Emerich Edward Dalberg, 1st Baron Acton (1834-1902), British historian. letter, Jan. 23, 1861. Lord Acton and his Circle, letter 74, ed. Abbot Ga...
  • ''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.''
    John Emerich Edward Dalberg, 1st Baron Acton (1834-1902), British historian. Letter, January 23, 1861. Lord Acton and His Circle, letter 74, ed. Abbot...
  • ''Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad man.''
    John Emerich Edward Dalberg, 1st Baron Acton (1834-1902), British historian. Letter, April 3, 1887, to Bishop Mandell Creighton. The Life and Letters ...
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