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Alexis de Tocqueville
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"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."
"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."
"In politics shared hatreds are almost always the basis of friendships."
"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."
"I should have loved freedom, I believe, at all times, but in the time in which we live I am ready to worship it."
"However energetically society in general may strive to make all the citizens equal and alike, the personal pride of each individual will always make him try to escape from the common level, and he will form some inequality somewhere to his own profit."
"History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies."
"He was as great as a man can be without morality."
"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."
"Consider any individual at any period of his life, and you will always find him preoccupied with fresh plans to increase his comfort."
"Born often under another sky, placed in the middle of an always moving scene, himself driven by the irresistible torrent which draws all about him, the American has no time to tie himself to anything, he grows accustomed only to change, and ends by regarding it as the natural state of man. He feels the need of it, more he loves it; for the instability; instead of meaning disaster to him, seems to give birth only to miracles all about him."
"Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom."
"America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."
"A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it."
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