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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 651 of the 1988 collection of Lord Acton’s writings (edited by the late J. Rufus Fears), Essays in Religion, Politics, and Morality; specifically, it’s a note drawn from Acton’s extensive papers at Cambridge University; (I can find no date for this passage; typo corrected):

You shoot a general who shows cowardice in the field. What punishment is there for the ministers who in the cabinet crouch in terror before the foe, and demoralize the spirit of the people?