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Alexis de Tocqueville

"By and large the literature of a democracy will never exhibit the order, regularity, skill, and art characteristic of aristocratic literature; formal qualities will be neglected or actually despised. The style will often be strange, incorrect, overburdened, and loose, and almost always strong and bold. Writers will be more anxious to work quickly than to perfect details. Short works will be commoner than long books, wit than erudition, imagination than depth. There will be a rude and untutored vigor of thought with great variety and singular fecundity. Authors will strive to astonish more than to please, and to stir passions rather than to charm taste." Alexis de Tocqueville
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Art    Literature   

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"There are two things which a democratic people will always find very difficult - to begin a war and to end it" Alexis de Tocqueville
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"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money" 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." Alexis de Tocqueville
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"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" Alexis de Tocqueville
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"The most dangerous moment for a bad government is when it begins to reform." Alexis de Tocqueville
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Government    Reform   

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"The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money." Alexis de Tocqueville
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"Countries, therefore, when lawmaking falls exclusively to the lot of the poor cannot hope for much economy in public expenditure; expenses will always be considerable, either because taxes cannot touch those who vote for them or because they are asse" Alexis de Tocqueville
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"Not only does democracy make every man forget his ancestors, but also clouds their view of their descendants and isolates them from their contemporaries. Each man is for ever thrown back on himself alone, and there is danger that he may be shut up in the solitude of his own heart." Alexis de Tocqueville
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"I am obliged to confess that I do not regard the abolition of slavery as a means of warding off the struggle of the two races in the Southern states. The Negroes may long remain slaves without complaining; but if they are once raised to the level of freemen, they will soon revolt at being deprived of almost all their civil rights; and as they cannot become the equals of the whites, they will speedily show themselves as enemies." Alexis de Tocqueville
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Race And Racism    Slavery   

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"The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults." Alexis de Tocqueville
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Ability    French Scientist   

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"I have no hesitation in saying that although the American woman never leaves her domestic sphere and is in some respects very dependent within it, nowhere does she enjoy a higher station. And if anyone asks me what I think the chief cause of the extraordinary prosperity and growing power of this nation, I should answer that it is due to the superiority of their women." Alexis de Tocqueville
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America    Women   

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"The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens" Alexis de Tocqueville
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Democracy   

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"As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in?" Alexis de Tocqueville
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Profits   

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"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." Alexis de Tocqueville
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Business    Religious   

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"The best laws cannot make a constitution work in spite of morals; morals can turn the worst laws to advantage. That is a commonplace truth, but one to which my studies are always bringing me back. It is the central point in my conception. I see it at the end of all my reflections." Alexis de Tocqueville
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America    Law And Lawyers   

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"When an opinion has taken root in a democracy and established itself in the minds of the majority, if afterward persists by itself, needing no effort to maintain it since no one attacks it. Those who at first rejected it as false come in the end to adopt it as accepted, and even those who still at the bottom of their hearts oppose it keep their views to themselves, taking great care to avoid a dangerous and futile contest." Alexis de Tocqueville
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Democracy    Orthodoxy   

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"In democratic ages men rarely sacrifice themselves for another, but they show a general compassion for all the human race. One never sees them inflict pointless suffering, and they are glad to relieve the sorrows of others when they can do so without much trouble to themselves. They are not disinterested, but they are gentle." Alexis de Tocqueville
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"I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America." Alexis de Tocqueville
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Conformity    Country   

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"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." Alexis de Tocqueville
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"Two things in America are astonishing: the changeableness of most human behavior and the strange stability of certain principles. Men are constantly on the move, but the spirit of humanity seems almost unmoved." Alexis de Tocqueville
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