Alexis de Tocqueville

1805 - 1859

A Quote by Charles Alexis Henri Clérel de Tocqueville

Comfort becomes a goal when distinctions of rank are abolished and privileges destroyed.

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 - 1859)

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A Quote by Alexis de Tocqueville on democracy, america, war, and government

There are two things that a democratic people will always find very difficult, to begin a war and to end it.

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 - 1859)

Source: Democracy in America

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A Quote by Charles Alexis Henri Clérel de Tocqueville on christianity, companions, conflict, divinity, and liberty

Christianity is the companion of liberty in all its conflicts, the cradle of its infancy, and the divine source of its claims.

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 - 1859)

Source: Tocqueville in Democracy in America, 1835

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A Quote by Charles Alexis Henri Clérel de Tocqueville on faith and liberty

Despotism may govern without faith, but Liberty cannot.

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 - 1859)

Source: Tocqueville in Democracy in America, 1835

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A Quote by Charles Alexis Henri Clérel de Tocqueville on laws, manners, nations, people, and power

Laws are always unstable unless they are founded on the manners of a nation; and manners are the only durable and resisting power in a people.

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 - 1859)

Source: Tocqueville in Democracy in America, 1835

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A Quote by Charles Alexis Henri Clérel de Tocqueville on america and good

America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 - 1859)

Source: Tocqueville in Democracy in America, 1835

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A Quote by Charles Alexis Henri Clérel de Tocqueville on america

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But what most astonishes me in the United States, is not so much the marvelous grandeur of some undertakings, as the innumerable multitude of small ones.

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 - 1859)

Source: Tocqueville in Democracy in America, 1835

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A Quote by Charles Alexis Henri Clérel de Tocqueville on america, church, genius, good, greatness, power, secrets, understanding, and world

I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there. In the fertile fields and boundless prairies, and it was not there. In her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits, aflame with righteousness, did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 - 1859)

Source: Tocqueville in Democracy in America, 1835

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A Quote by Charles Alexis Henri Clérel de Tocqueville on acting, animals, community, destruction, existence, force, government, guidance, energy, men, nations, originality, people, power, rules, society, and timidity

After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the government then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small, complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence: it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 - 1859)

Source: 1831

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A Quote by Charles Alexis Henri Clérel de Tocqueville on democracy, equality, liberty, and socialism

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 (1805 - 1859)

Source: Tocqueville in Democracy in America, 1835

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