Alexis de Tocqueville Quotes (16 quotations)

1. A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it. - Alexis de Tocqueville

2. America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great. - Alexis de Tocqueville

3. Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom. - Alexis de Tocqueville

4. Consider any individual at any period of his life, and you will always find him preoccupied with fresh plans to increase his comfort. - Alexis de Tocqueville

5. 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. - Alexis de Tocqueville

6. History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies. - Alexis de Tocqueville

7. 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. - Alexis de Tocqueville

8. Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith. - Alexis de Tocqueville

9. Nothing is quite so wretchedly corrupt as an aristocracy which has lost its power but kept its wealth and which still has endless leisure to devote to nothing but banal enjoyments. All its great thoughts and passionate energy are things of the past, and nothing but a host of petty, gnawing vices now cling to it like worms to a corpse. - Alexis de Tocqueville

10. The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money - Alexis de Tocqueville

11. The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other. - Alexis de Tocqueville

12. The power of the periodical press is second only to that of the people. - Alexis de Tocqueville

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. - Alexis de Tocqueville

14. There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle. - Alexis de Tocqueville

15. There are now two great nations in the world, which starting from different points, seem to be advancing toward the same goal: the Russians and the Anglo-Americans...Each seems called by some secret design of Providence one day to hold in its hands the destinies of half the world. - Alexis de Tocqueville

16. We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects. - Alexis de Tocqueville

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