Alexis de Tocqueville Quotes


40 Alexis de Tocqueville quotes:



"The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults."
"We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects."
"History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies."
"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money"
"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."
"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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"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."
"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."
"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."
"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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"The whole life of an American is passed like a game of chance, a revolutionary crisis, or a battle."
"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"
"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."
"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."
"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 principle of equality does not destroy the imagination, but lowers its flight to the level of the earth."
"Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith"
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"Consider any individual at any period of his life, and you will always find him preoccupied with fresh plans to increase his comfort."
"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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