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Quote from Lord Acton,

"Liberty, next to religion has been the motive of good deeds and the common pretext of crime..."

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

"Liberty and good government do not exclude each other; and there are excellent reasons why they should go together. Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end. "


Lord Acton (more quotes by Lord Acton or books by/about Lord Acton)

[John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton] (1834-1902), First Baron Acton of Aldenham


Lord Acton, in The History of Freedom in Antiquity (1877)


Corruption, Crime, Liberty, Religion


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