John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton  

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"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 often differed from their own; and this association, which is always dangerous, has sometimes been disastrous, by giving to opponents just grounds of opposition." - "The History of Freedom in Antiquity" (1877) by Lord Acton

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John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton (10 January 1834 – 19 June 1902), usually referred to simply as Lord Acton, was an English historian. He is perhaps best known for the remark, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men."

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