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Alexis de Tocqueville

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French diplomat, political scientist and historian.
Born: 1805 - Died: 1859
Period:
19th century
Place of birth: France
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When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness."
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The power of the periodical press is second only to that of the people."
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He was as great as a man can be without morality."
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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."
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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."
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Those that despise people will never get the best out of others and themselves."
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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."
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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."
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No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country."
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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."
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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."
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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."
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There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle."
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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."
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The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens."
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