Alexis de Tocqueville

Alexis de Tocqueville

French diplomat, political scientist, and historian

Lived from: 1805-1859

Category: Politics | History and sociology | Science

Quotes: Alexis de Tocqueville

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    In countries where associations are free, secret societies are unknown. In America there are factions, but no conspiracies.
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    In no other country in the world is the love of property keener or more alert than in the United States, and nowhere else does the majority display less inclination toward doctrines which in any way threaten the way property is owned.
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    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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    In politics... shared hatreds are almost always the basis of friendships.
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    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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    It is easy to see that, even in the freedom of early youth, an American girl never quite loses control of herself; she enjoys all permitted pleasures without losing her head about any of them, and her reason never lets the reins go, though it may often seem to let them flap.
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    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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    Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.
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    Life is to entered upon with courage.
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    No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country.
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    Not only does democracy make every man forget his ancestors, but also clouds their view of their descendants and isolates them from their contemporaries. Each man is for ever thrown back on himself alone, and there is danger that he may be shut up in the solitude of his own heart.
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    Nothing seems at first sight less important than the outward form of human actions, yet there is nothing upon which men set more store: they grow used to everything except to living in a society which has not their own manners.
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    Scarcely any political question arises in the United States that is not resolved, sooner or later, into a judicial question.
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    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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    The Americans combine the notions of religion and liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive of one without the other.