Alexis de Tocqueville Quotes About Philanthropy, Exceptionalism & Democracy

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Alexis de Tocqueville was French diplomat, political scientist and historian. He was born 29 June 1805 in Paris, French Empire and died on 16 April 1859 (aged 53) Cannes, French Empire. He was also known for his works Democracy in America.

32 Famous Quotes of Alexis de Tocqueville:

1.The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.

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2. When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.

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3. The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.

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4. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.

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5. Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.

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6. As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in?

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7. The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.

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8. I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.

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9. I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all.

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10. There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.

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11. It is the dissimilarities and inequalities among men which give rise to the notion of honor; as such differences become less, it grows feeble; and when they disappear, it will vanish too.

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12. The French want no-one to be their superior. The English want inferiors. The Frenchman constantly raises his eyes above him with anxiety. The Englishman lowers his beneath him with satisfaction.

13. The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colours breaking through.

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14. The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colours breaking through.

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15. In the United States, the majority undertakes to supply a multitude of ready-made opinions for the use of individuals, who are thus relieved from the necessity of forming opinions of their own.

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16. The main business of religions is to purify, control, and restrain that excessive and exclusive taste for well-being which men acquire in times of equality.

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17. All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it.

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18. There is hardly a pioneer’s hut which does not contain a few odd volumes of Shakespeare. I remember reading the feudal drama of Henry V for the first time in a log cabin.

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19. Life is to be entered upon with courage.

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20. A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.

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21. We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.

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22. Grant me thirty years of equal division of inheritances and a free press, and I will provide you with a republic.

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23. In politics shared hatreds are almost always the basis of friendships.

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24. The whole life of an American is passed like a game of chance, a revolutionary crisis, or a battle.

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25. In America the majority raises formidable barriers around the liberty of opinion; within these barriers an author may write what he pleases, but woe to him if he goes beyond them.

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26. In a revolution, as in a novel, the most difficult part to invent is the end.

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27. The power of the periodical press is second only to that of the people.

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28. No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country.

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29. He was as great as a man can be without morality.

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30. The Indian knew how to live without wants, to suffer without complaint, and to die singing.

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31. The Indian knew how to live without wants, to suffer without complaint, and to die singing.

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32. In other words, a democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.

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