Lord Acton, Famously, on Power

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”

John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, First Baron Acton (1834-1902)

Letter to Mandell Creighton, 3 April 1887

Excerpted from: Shapiro, Fred, ed. The Yale Book of Quotations. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006.

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