Lord Acton on Liberty (2)

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Aphorisms of Lord Acton, the great 19th-century historian (see here):

1 “Liberty is not the power of doing what we like, but the right of being able to do what we ought.”

2 “Liberty is the harmony between the will and the law.”

3 “Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end. It is not for the sake of a good public administration that it is required, but for the security in the pursuit of the highest objects of civil society, and of private life.”

4 “Liberty, next to religion has been the motive of good deeds and the common pretext of crime. In every age its progress has been beset by its natural enemies, by ignorance and superstition, by lust of conquest and by love of ease, by the strong man’s craving for power, and the poor man’s…

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