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Alexis de Tocqueville

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"When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness." Time 4.0 avg (8 votes)
"When American(s) ask for the cooperation of (their) fellow citizens, it is seldom refused; and I have often seen it afforded spontaneously and with great good will." America 4.5 avg (2 votes)
"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." Democracy, Money 4.6 avg (11 votes)
"We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects." Success 4.0 avg (1 votes)
"Though it is very important for man as an individual that his religion should be true, that is not the case for society. Society has nothing to fear or hope from another life; what is most important for it is not that all citizens profess the true religion but that they should profess religion." Religion 3.4 avg (9 votes)
"Those that despise people will never get the best out of others and themselves." Miscellaneous 0 avg (0 votes)
"There is hardly a political question in the United States which does not sooner or later turn into a judicial one." America, Laws 5.0 avg (1 votes)
"There are two things which a democratic people will always find very difficult - to begin a war and to end it." Democracy, War & Peace 4.3 avg (7 votes)
"The whole life of an American is passed like a game of chance, a revolutionary crisis, or a battle." America 2.0 avg (1 votes)
"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." America 4.5 avg (2 votes)
"The most dangerous moment for a bad government is when it begins to reform." Government 4.0 avg (4 votes)
"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." Religion 3.3 avg (6 votes)
"The last thing a political party gives up is its vocabulary." Politics 4.3 avg (4 votes)
"The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens." Democracy 4.0 avg (3 votes)
"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." Democracy, Ideas 3.5 avg (2 votes)
"The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other." America, Christianity, Liberty 3.8 avg (17 votes)
"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." America, Economics 4.8 avg (95 votes)
"Nothing is quite so wretchedly corrupt as an aristocracy which has lost its power but kept its wealth and which still has endless leisure to devote to nothing but banal enjoyments. All its great thoughts and passionate energy are things of the past, and nothing but a host of petty, gnawing vices now cling to it like worms to a corpse." Money, Morality 4.0 avg (3 votes)
"Life is to entered upon with courage." Courage, Life & Death 4.3 avg (7 votes)
"Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith." Faith, Liberty, Morality 3.9 avg (20 votes)

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