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Alexis de Tocqueville
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"Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom." -
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Alexis de Tocqueville
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Top 5 quotes from Alexis de Tocqueville
"There is hardly a political question in the United States which does not sooner or later turn into a judicial one."
"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."
"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."
"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."
"America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."
Top 5 quotes from America, Freedom
"It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment, independence now and independence forever."
"The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing."
"A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man."
"If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."
"Freedom is the recognition that no single person, no single authority or government has a monopoly on the truth, but that every individual life is infinitely precious, that every one of us put in this world has been put there for a reason and has something to offer."