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Alexis de Tocqueville Quotes and Sayings
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There are many men of principle in both parties in America,
but there is no party of principle.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

Related topics: Politics

We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess,
but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

History is a gallery of pictures in which there are
few originals and many copies.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

The main business of religions is to purify,
control, and restrain that excessive and exclusive
taste for well-being which men acquire in times of equality.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

 

Liberty cannot be established without morality,
nor morality without faith.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

The whole life of an American is passed like a game of chance,
a revolutionary crisis, or a battle.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

I know of no country in which there is so little independence
of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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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.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

Grant me thirty years of equal division of inheritances and a free press,
and I will provide you with a republic.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

The Indian knew how to live without wants,
to suffer without complaint, and to die singing.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

In other words, a democratic government is the only
one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

In politics shared hatreds are almost always the basis of friendships.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

Those that despise people will never get the best out
of others and themselves.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

Americans are so enamored of equality that they would
rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation,
but rather in her ability to repair her faults.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

Life is to entered upon with courage.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

The health of a democratic society may be measured
by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic
nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

A democratic government is the only one in which those
who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

He was as great as a man can be without morality.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress
discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

The Americans combine the notions of religion and liberty
so intimately in their minds,
that it is impossible to make them conceive of one without the other.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

There is hardly a political question in the United
States which does not sooner or later turn into a judicial one.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

There are two things which a democratic people will
always find very difficult -
to begin a war and to end it.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

When the past no longer illuminates the future,
the spirit walks in darkness.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

In a revolution, as in a novel, the most difficult
part to invent is the end.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

The power of the periodical press is second only to that of the people.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans,
one sees that they have sought the value of everything
in this world only in the answer to this single question:
how much money will it bring in?
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

In no other country in the world is the love of property
keener or more alert than in the United States,
and nowhere else does the majority display less inclination
toward doctrines which in any way threaten the way property is owned.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

The debates of that great assembly are frequently vague and perplexed,
seeming to be dragged rather than to march,
to the intended goal.
Something of this sort must, I think,
always happen in public democratic assemblies.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

CALM IN CHAOS
In the midst of the flurry - clarity.
In the midst of the storm - calm.
In the midst of divided interests - certainty.
In the many roads - a certain choice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Life is defined more by its contrasts than its samenesses;
Life is defined more by its risks than the many securities.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I have the right to love many people at once
and to change my prince often.
- Anais Nin

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times,
always with the same person.
- Germaine Greer

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Just because it's true, I say as often as I can
in as many ways as I can form, "I sure love you."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Life is like dancing.
If we have a big floor, many people will dance.
Some will get angry when the rhythm changes.
But life is changing all the time.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Each man's life touches so many other lives.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

I hear many people talk about their longing for a balanced life.
What I think they are really expressing
is a desire for a life with less pressure.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There are not many things in life
so beautiful as true friendship,
and not many things more uncommon.
- Anonymous

Many societies have educated their male children
on the simple device of teaching them not to be women.
- Margaret Mead

However many holy words you read, however many you speak,
what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
- The Buddha

We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
- Henry David Thoreau

The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.
- Alfred Adler

Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head,
and knows not that it brings abundance
to drive away the hunger.
- Saint Basil

Misery nourishes your ego -
that's why you see so many miserable people in the world.
The basic, central point is the ego.
- Osho

Sometimes I've believed as many as
six impossible things before breakfast.
- Lewis Carroll

The trouble with the world is not
that people know too little,
but that they know so many things that ain't so.
- Mark Twain

All the great things are simple,
and many can be expressed in a single word:
freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
- Winston Churchill

Too many people overvalue what they are not,
and undervalue what they are.
- Malcolm S. Forbes

Facts are many, but the truth is one.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Many a man fails as an original thinker
simply because his memory is too good.
- Nietzsche

Many people love in themselves what they hate in others.
- E. F. Schumacher

As many raindrops join to form a great river of water,
many souls join their highest intent to form
the river of evolved consciousness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

Too many people spend money they haven't earned,
to buy things they don't want,
to impress people they don't like.
- Will Rogers

Many men go fishing all of their lives
without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
- Henry David Thoreau

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere,
and many of us will have to pass
through the valley of the shadow of death
again and again before we reach
the mountaintop of our desires.
- Nelson Mandela


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