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Alexis de Tocqueville Quotes

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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

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

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

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

 

In a revolution, as in a novel, the most difficult
part to invent is the end.
- 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

Liberty cannot be established without morality,
nor morality without faith.
- Alexis de Tocqueville


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

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.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

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

No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country.
- 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

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

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

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

The Indian knew how to live without wants,
to suffer without complaint, and to die singing.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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

The power of the periodical press is second only to that of the people.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

There is hardly a political question in the United
States which does not sooner or later turn into a judicial one.
- 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

In politics shared hatreds are almost always the basis of friendships.
- 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

Life is to entered upon with courage.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

There is hardly a pioneer's hut which does not contain
a few odd volumes of Shakespeare.
I remember reading the feudal drama of Henry V for
the first time in a log cabin.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

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.
- 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

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

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

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.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where
they look on every new theory as a danger,
every innovation as a toilsome trouble,
every social advance as a first step toward revolution,
and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

An American cannot converse, but he can discuss,
and his talk falls into a dissertation.
He speaks to you as if he was addressing a meeting;
and if he should chance to become warm in the discussion,
he will say "Gentlemen" to the person with whom he is conversing.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.
- Anonymous

If you wish to succeed in life,
make perseverance your bosom friend,
experience your wise counselor,
caution your elder brother,
and hope your guardian genius.
- Joseph Addison

A man can succeed at almost anything
for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.
- Charles M. Schwab

Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
- Henry David Thoreau

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed
is more important than any other one thing.
- Abraham Lincoln

Intent is what can make a man succeed
when his thoughts tell him that he is defeated.
- Carlos Castaneda

It is no use saying, "We are doing our best."
You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
- Winston Churchill

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed
is always to try just one more time.
- Thomas A. Edison

To succeed, you need to find
something to hold on to,
something to motivate you,
something to inspire you.
- Tony Dorsett

If at first you don't succeed, try try again.
- Proverb

People in their handlings of affairs
often fail when they are about to succeed.
If one remains as careful at the end
as he was at the beginning,
there will be no failure.
- Lao Tzu

Can you achieve your goals?
You can't reach your goal if you haven't
defined your goals.
And you can't succeed if you don't try -
and then pick yourself up
and try again each time you fail.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In order to succeed, your desire for success should
be greater than your fear of failure.
- Bill Cosby

If a warrior is to succeed at anything,
the success must come gently,
with a great deal of effort but with no stress or obsession.
- Carlos Castaneda

If at first you don't succeed,
skydiving is not for you.
- Anonymous

It is only in adventure that some people
succeed in knowing themselves -
in finding themselves.
- Andre Gide

People rarely succeed unless they
have fun in what they are doing.
- Dale Carnegie

By not caring too much about what people think,
I'm able to think for myself
and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular.
And I succeed.
- Albert Ellis

Public sentiment is everything.
With public sentiment, nothing can fail.
Without it, nothing can succeed.
- Abraham Lincoln

God doesn't require us to succeed;
He only requires that you try.
- Mother Teresa

If at first you don't succeed,
try, try, and try again.
Then give up.
There's no use being a damned fool about it.
- W. C. Fields

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.
I am not bound to succeed,
but I am bound to live by the light that I have.
I must stand with anybody that stands right,
and stand with him while he is right,
and part with him when he goes wrong.
- Abraham Lincoln

In the struggle for survival,
the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals
because they succeed in adapting
themselves best to their environment.
- Charles Darwin

Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed,
but nature does not depend on us.
We are not the only experiment.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

To succeed in business it is necessary to make others
see things as you see them.
- Aristotle Onassis

France is delighted at this new opportunity to show
the world that when one has the will one can succeed
in joining peoples who have been brought close by history.
- Francois Mitterrand

Beware of endeavoring to become a great man in a hurry.
One such attempt in ten thousand may succeed.
These are fearful odds.
- Benjamin Disraeli

If you want to achieve things in life,
you've just got to do them, and if you're talented and smart,
you'll succeed.
- Juliana Hatfield


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