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Alexis de Tocqueville
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"America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."
"Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."
"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."
"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."
"The whole life of an American is passed like a game of chance, a revolutionary crisis, or a battle."
"There is hardly a political question in the United States which does not sooner or later turn into a judicial one."
"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."
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