Alexis de Tocqueville Quotes


40 Alexis de Tocqueville quotes:



"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."
"Those that despise people will never get the best out of others and themselves."
"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 oft"
"Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith"
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"The principle of equality does not destroy the imagination, but lowers its flight to the level of the earth."
"Life is to entered upon with courage."
"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."
"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."
"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."
"The most dangerous moment for a bad government is when it begins to reform."
Author: Tocqueville Quotes Category: Government Quotes Reform Quotes
"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money"
"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"
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"The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults."
"I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America."
"When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness."
"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."
"The whole life of an American is passed like a game of chance, a revolutionary crisis, or a battle."
"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."
"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."



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