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Letter "A" » Alexis de Tocqueville Quotes
«In America there are so many ways to make a living that a man usually doesn't turn to politics until he has failed at everything else.»
«History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies»
«Despotism may govern without faith, but liberty cannot. How is it possible that society should escape destruction if the moral tie is not strengthened in proportion as the political tie is relaxed? And what can be done with a people who are their own masters if they are not submissive to the Deity?»
«I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.»
«Not only does democracy make every man forget his ancestors, but also clouds their view of their descendants and isolates them from their contemporaries. Each man is for ever thrown back on himself alone, and there is danger that he may be shut up in the solitude of his own heart.»
«Life is to entered upon with courage.»
«I should have loved freedom, I believe, at all times, but in the time in which we live I am ready to worship it»
«'The will of the nation' is one of those expressions which have been most profusely abused by the wily and the despotic of every age»
«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.»
«The last thing a political party gives up is its vocabulary.»