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

Lord Acton Quote

“At all times sincere friends of freedom have been rare, and its triumphs have been due to minorities....”

Lord ActonLord Acton
~ Lord Acton


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John-Douglas, Nassau

Those 'minorities' have often been cast as radicals or rebels, even terrorists, but in time they have been duly recognized as Freedom Fighters. Now, of course, they are called anti-Americans or traitors and persecuted under the so-called Patriot Act (which, of course, was penned by the real traitors to the Republic).

Elizabeth Channing, carmel,IN

It is very inspiring to a 6th grader, like me, who's typing something for freedom sayings in a class.

JoW, Utah
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JoW, Utah    4/16/08

The natural man is an enemy to God, hence the qoute that freedom fighters are in the minority the super majority of the time.

jim k, austin tx

True, but also many Left wing dictator regimes have been set up by minorities. These include Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union under Stalin, Hirohito's Japan , Cuba under Castro ,and others.

Ronw13, Yachats Or

At all times sincere friends of freedom have been rare, and its triumphs have been due to minorities, that have prevailed by associating themselves with auxiliaries whose objects differed from their own; and this association which is always dangerous, has been sometimes disastrous, by giving to opponents just grounds of opposition. Lord Acton.
The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks. Lord Acton
Liberty is not the power of doing what we like, but the right of being able to do what we ought. Lord Acton
The strong man with the dagger is followed by the weak man with the sponge. Lord Acton.
The one pervading evil of democracy is tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.
Lord Acton.

Ronw13, Yachats Or

As with many in authority today sanctioning the worst of crimes, they should be hung higher than Haman. For those that would know who Haman was, as with their family.

cal, Lewisville, tx

The libertarian party is small in America. I wish it success.

Ronw13, Yachats Or

If it be for the Hybrid Republic ! Under our Declaration of Independence. Semper Fi.

E Archer, NYC

In the world of 'might makes right' majorities do not have to concern themselves with freedom, but with power. Minorities not having enough power to dominate, are naturally unable to break the majority's hold over them -- "Freedom!" they cry. But once 'free' to oppress others, many eagerly bully the weaker just as they were bullied.

Freedom starts with the individual, and often with the words, "No more!" ;-)

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