Great Throughts Treasury

This site is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Alan William Smolowe who gave birth to the creation of this database.

Lord Acton, John Emerich Dalberg-Acton

English Liberal Historian, Moralist, Politician and Writer

"Good and evil lie close together. Seek no artistic unity in character."

"Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end."

"Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; but still more when they are super bad and add the tendency of the certainty of corruption of authority."

"Fanaticism in religion is the alliance of the passions she condemns with the dogmas she professes."

"Human learning has often been an instrument, not a source, of hostility to religion."