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Alexis de Tocqueville Quotes


40 Alexis de Tocqueville quotes:



"By and large the literature of a democracy will never exhibit the order, regularity, skill, and art characteristic of aristocratic literature; formal qualities will be neglected or actually despised. The style will often be strange, incorrect, overburdened, and loose, and almost always strong and bold. Writers will be more anxious to work quickly than to perfect details. Short works will be commoner than long books, wit than erudition, imagination than depth. There will be a rude and untutored vigor of thought with great variety and singular fecundity. Authors will strive to astonish more than to please, and to stir passions rather than to charm taste."
"Those that despise people will never get the best out of others and themselves."
"The power of the periodical press is second only to that of the people."
"He was as great as a man can be without morality."
"Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith."
"The Indian knew how to live without wants, to suffer without complaint, and to die singing."
"What is most important for democracy is not that great fortunes should not exist, but that great fortunes should not remain in the same hands. In that way there are rich men, but they do not form a class."
"With much care and skill power has been broken into fragments in the American township, so that the maximum possible number of people have some concern with public affairs"
Author: Tocqueville Quotes Category: Power Quotes
"I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America."
"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."
Author: Tocqueville Quotes Category: Danger Quotes
"When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness."
"I have no hesitation in saying that although the American woman never leaves her domestic sphere and is in some respects very dependent within it, nowhere does she enjoy a higher station. And if anyone asks me what I think the chief cause of the extraordinary prosperity and growing power of this nation, I should answer that it is due to the superiority of their women."
"The best laws cannot make a constitution work in spite of morals; morals can turn the worst laws to advantage. That is a commonplace truth, but one to which my studies are always bringing me back. It is the central point in my conception. I see it at the end of all my reflections."
"Trade is the natural enemy of all violent passions. Trade loves moderation, delights in compromise, and is most careful to avoid anger. It is patient, supple, and insinuating, only resorting to extreme measures in cases of absolute necessity. Trade makes men independent of one another and gives them a high idea of their personal importance: it leads them to want to manage their own affairs and teaches them to succeed therein. Hence it makes them inclined to liberty but disinclined to revolution."
"The whole life of an American is passed like a game of chance, a revolutionary crisis, or a battle."
"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money"
"The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults."
"History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies."
"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."
Author: Tocqueville Quotes Category: Honor Quotes
"The most dangerous moment for a bad government is when it begins to reform."
Author: Tocqueville Quotes Category: Government Quotes Reform Quotes



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