Alexis de Tocqueville Quotes


40 Alexis de Tocqueville quotes:



"Consider any individual at any period of his life, and you will always find him preoccupied with fresh plans to increase his comfort."
"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."
"What is the 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."
"Two things in America are astonishing: the changeableness of most human behavior and the strange stability of certain principles. Men are constantly on the move, but the spirit of humanity seems almost unmoved."
"In countries where associations are free, secret societies are unknown. In America there are factions, but no conspiracies."
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"It is almost never when a state of things is the most detestable that it is smashed, but when, beginning to improve, it permits men to breathe, to reflect, to communicate their thoughts with each other, and to gauge by what they already have the extent of their rights and their grievances. The weight, although less heavy, seems then all the more unbearable."
"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."
Author: Tocqueville Quotes Category: America Quotes Freedom Of Speech Quotes
"The genius of democracies is seen not only in the great number of new words introduced but even more in the new ideas they express."
"We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects."
"Countries, therefore, when lawmaking falls exclusively to the lot of the poor cannot hope for much economy in public expenditure; expenses will always be considerable, either because taxes cannot touch those who vote for them or because they are asse"
"An American cannot converse, but he can discuss, and his talk falls into a dissertation. He speaks to you as if he was addressing a meeting; and if he should chance to become warm in the discussion, he will say ''Gentlemen'' to the person with whom he is conversing."
"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."
"In a revolution, as in a novel. the most difficult part to invent is the end."
"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
"History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies."
"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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"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."
"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."



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