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10 Famous Quotes by Alexis Tocqueville
7/29/1805 - 4/16/1859
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Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville
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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

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

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The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money

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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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America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.

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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

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There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.

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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.

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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.

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