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Alexis de Tocqueville

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"There is hardly a political question in the United States which does not sooner or later turn into a judicial one." America, Laws 5.0 avg (1 votes)
"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." America 5.0 avg (2 votes)
"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." America, Economics 4.8 avg (95 votes)
"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." Democracy, Money 4.6 avg (11 votes)
"America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." America, Morality 4.6 avg (58 votes)
"The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colours breaking through." America 4.5 avg (2 votes)
"When American(s) ask for the cooperation of (their) fellow citizens, it is seldom refused; and I have often seen it afforded spontaneously and with great good will." America 4.5 avg (2 votes)
"However energetically society in general may strive to make all the citizens equal and alike, the personal pride of each individual will always make him try to escape from the common level, and he will form some inequality somewhere to his own profit." Miscellaneous 4.5 avg (2 votes)
"I should have loved freedom, I believe, at all times, but in the time in which we live I am ready to worship it." Freedom 4.4 avg (5 votes)
"There are two things which a democratic people will always find very difficult - to begin a war and to end it." Democracy, War & Peace 4.3 avg (7 votes)
"Life is to entered upon with courage." Courage, Life & Death 4.3 avg (7 votes)
"The last thing a political party gives up is its vocabulary." Politics 4.3 avg (4 votes)
"Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude." Democracy 4.2 avg (6 votes)
"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." America, Thinking 4.0 avg (2 votes)
"He was as great as a man can be without morality." Morality 4.0 avg (1 votes)
"We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects." Success 4.0 avg (1 votes)
"The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens." Democracy 4.0 avg (3 votes)
"Nothing is quite so wretchedly corrupt as an aristocracy which has lost its power but kept its wealth and which still has endless leisure to devote to nothing but banal enjoyments. All its great thoughts and passionate energy are things of the past, and nothing but a host of petty, gnawing vices now cling to it like worms to a corpse." Money, Morality 4.0 avg (3 votes)
"The most dangerous moment for a bad government is when it begins to reform." Government 4.0 avg (4 votes)
"When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness." Time 4.0 avg (8 votes)

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