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Alexis de Tocqueville
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Alexis de Tocqueville's quotes
"The most dangerous moment for a bad government is when it begins to reform."
"History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies."
"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."
"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."
"Consider any individual at any period of his life, and you will always find him preoccupied with fresh plans to increase his comfort."
"Those that despise people will never get the best out of others and themselves."
"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."
"He was as great as a man can be without morality."
"In politics shared hatreds are almost always the basis of friendships."
"The last thing a political party gives up is its vocabulary."
"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."
"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."
"We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects."
"When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness."
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