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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.

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.

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.

The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.

The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.

Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.

Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.

History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.

History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.

Life is to be entered upon with courage.

Life is to be entered upon with courage.

We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.

We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.

Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.

Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.

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. ---->>>

When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.

When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.

A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.

A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.

I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.

I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.

Those that despise people will never get the best out of others and themselves. ---->>>

All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it. ---->>>

There are two things which a democratic people will always find very difficult - to begin a war and to end it.

There are two things which a democratic people will always find very difficult - to begin a war and to end it.

What is 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. ---->>>

Grant me thirty years of equal division of inheritances and a free press, and I will provide you with a republic. ---->>>

The whole life of an American is passed like a game of chance, a revolutionary crisis, or a battle. ---->>>

He was as great as a man can be without morality. ---->>>

Consider any individual at any period of his life, and you will always find him preoccupied with fresh plans to increase his comfort. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

In no other country in the world is the love of property keener or more alert than in the United States, and nowhere else does the majority display less inclination toward doctrines which in any way threaten the way property is owned. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Nothing seems at first sight less important than the outward form of human actions, yet there is nothing upon which men set more store: they grow used to everything except to living in a society which has not their own manners. ---->>>

No state of society or laws can render men so much alike but that education, fortune, and tastes will interpose some differences between them; and though different men may sometimes find it their interest to combine for the same purposes, they will never make it their pleasure. ---->>>

The French want no-one to be their superior. The English want inferiors. The Frenchman constantly raises his eyes above him with anxiety. The Englishman lowers his beneath him with satisfaction. ---->>>

The power of the periodical press is second only to that of the people. ---->>>

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.

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.

The debates of that great assembly are frequently vague and perplexed, seeming to be dragged rather than to march, to the intended goal. Something of this sort must, I think, always happen in public democratic assemblies. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: French
Born: July 29, 1805
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Die: April 16, 1859
Occupation: Historian
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Alexis Charles Henri Clérel, Viscount de Tocqueville (French: [alɛgzi ʃaʁl ɑ̃ʁi kleʁɛl də tɔkvil]; 29 July 1805 – 16 April 1859) was a French diplomat, political scientist, and historian. He was best known for his works Democracy in America (appearing in two volumes: 1835 and 1840) and The Old Regime and the Revolution (1856) (wikipedia)