Alexis de Tocqueville

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Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville (French: [alɛksi ʃaʁl ɑ̃ʁi kleʁɛl də tɔkvil]; 29 July 1805 – 16 April 1859) was a French political thinker and historian best known for his works Democracy in America (appearing in two volumes: 1835 and 1840) and The Old Regime and the Revolution (1856). In both he analyzed the improved living standards and social conditions of individuals, as well as their relationship to the market and state in Western societies. Democracy in America was published after Tocqueville's travels in the United States, and is today considered an early work of sociology and political science. Tocqueville was active in French politics, first under the July Monarchy (1830–48) and then during the Second Republic (1849–51) which succeeded the February 1848 Revolution. He retired from political life after Louis Napoléon Bonaparte's 2 December 1851 coup, and thereafter ... More

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Alexis de Tocqueville #Society

Photo of Alexis de Tocqueville 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.
Alexis de Tocqueville #Best

Photo of Alexis de Tocqueville Those that despise people will never get the best out of others and themselves.
Alexis de Tocqueville #Courage #Life

Photo of Alexis de Tocqueville Life is to be entered upon with courage.
Alexis de Tocqueville #Equality #Freedom

Photo of Alexis de Tocqueville Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville #Faith

Photo of Alexis de Tocqueville Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.
Alexis de Tocqueville #Future

Photo of Alexis de Tocqueville When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.
Alexis de Tocqueville #Great

Photo of Alexis de Tocqueville 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 #Great

Photo of Alexis de Tocqueville He was as great as a man can be without morality.
Alexis de Tocqueville #Men #Politics

Photo of Alexis de Tocqueville There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.
Alexis de Tocqueville #Money

Photo of Alexis de Tocqueville The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.
Alexis de Tocqueville #War

Photo of Alexis de Tocqueville There are two things which a democratic people will always find very difficult - to begin a war and to end it.
Alexis de Tocqueville #Freedom #War

Photo of Alexis de Tocqueville No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country.
Alexis de Tocqueville #Government

Photo of Alexis de Tocqueville In other words, a democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.
Alexis de Tocqueville #Men

Photo of Alexis de Tocqueville 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.
Alexis de Tocqueville #Power

Photo of Alexis de Tocqueville The power of the periodical press is second only to that of the people.
Alexis de Tocqueville #Business #Equality

Photo of Alexis de Tocqueville 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 #War

Photo of Alexis de Tocqueville 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.
Alexis de Tocqueville #Society

Photo of Alexis de Tocqueville 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.
Alexis de Tocqueville #Health #Society

Photo of Alexis de Tocqueville The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.
Alexis de Tocqueville #Freedom

Photo of Alexis de Tocqueville 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 #Religion

Photo of Alexis de Tocqueville The Americans combine the notions of religion and liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive of one without the other.
Alexis de Tocqueville #Business #Positive

Photo of Alexis de Tocqueville We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.
Alexis de Tocqueville #Politics

Photo of Alexis de Tocqueville In politics shared hatreds are almost always the basis of friendships.
Alexis de Tocqueville #History

Photo of Alexis de Tocqueville History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.
Alexis de Tocqueville #Government

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