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John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton

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John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton

John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, 1st Baron Acton (January 10, 1834 – June 19, 1902) was an English historian. He was sometimes called Lord Acton.

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  • "The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities."[1]    
Simple: The best way to tell if a country has freedom is how safe the regular people are.
  • "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."[2]
Simple: Freedom is only gained by duty, guarding our conscience. It grows with conscience. Both grow together. Freedom is safety from all barriers, even sin. So that freedom ends by being free will.


  1. "Legislative Principles By Robert Luce". Google Books. Retrieved on November 20, 2008
  2. "Celebrate Liberty With a Liberty Quote". Quotations.About.com. Retrieved on November 20, 2008

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