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

Lord Acton Quote

“The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.”

Lord ActonLord Acton
~ Lord Acton

The History of Freedom in Antiquity, 1877

Ratings and Comments

KS, Queensbury,NY.

If this is actually true, then we are in trouble as a country...but who didn't know that.

  • Reply
Anonymous    5/9/05

Wonderful and so apt at this moment in this so called democracy we live in.

Jodopo, Michigan

In response to KS of Queensbury: The guy who, by his own words, lives in a bubble and thinks everything is hunky-dory - GWB.

George, Ohio

Not sure - George Bush says this country can only be free when ALL of us live in security. Hence the Homeland Security Act and the REAL ID act have been passed into law to ensure our freedom is securely locked down.

vijay krishnam raju penmatsa, india

its strikingly true

Andrew Reguera, Warminster

If this is acctually true, then we are in trouble as a country...but who didnt know that.

JoW, Utah
  • Reply
JoW, Utah    4/16/08

Strike: "minorities" Insert: "its people" Other then that its right on. The purpose of government is to provide safty for the people.

  • Reply
D    11/26/08


  • Reply
    Anonymous    3/1/09

    True and not true... what about the obscenely rich minority?

    Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown

    Interestingly enough, it is because the efforts of that revolutionary minority that a country secures it liberties.


    Get a Quote-a-Day!

    Liberty Quotes sent to your mail box daily.