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Alexis de Tocqueville

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Biography - Alexis de Tocqueville:

French diplomat, political scientist and historian.
Born: 1805 - Died: 1859
Period:
19th century
Place of birth: France
France

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




Translation  

Translation

(French, German)


French
Quand le passé n'éclaire plus l'avenir, l'esprit marche dans les ténèbres.”
Alexis de Tocqueville

German
Seit die Vergangenheit aufgehört hat, ihr Licht auf die Zukunft zu werfen, irrt der menschliche Geist in der Finsternis.”
Alexis de Tocqueville




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Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too.”
Marcus Aurelius

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What experience and history teach is this — that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel - Lectures on the Philosophy of History




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The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”
Gautama Buddha
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Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present, which seldom happens to us.”
Jean de La Bruyere
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The future influences the present just as much as the past.”
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
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Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it.”
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims
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Nor is it right to say there are three times: past, present and future. Perhaps it would be more correct to say: there are three times: a present of things past, a present of things present, a present of things future.”
Augustine of Hippo - Confessions
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What is history? An echo of the past in the future a reflex from the future on the past.”
Victor Hugo
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Quotes about the future:



Quotes for: future

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Man is the future of man.”
Francis Ponge
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Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.”
Seneca
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The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”
Gautama Buddha
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Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present, which seldom happens to us.”
Jean de La Bruyere
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No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.”
Alan Watts
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The future influences the present just as much as the past.”
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
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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.”
Alexis de Tocqueville
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The power of the periodical press is second only to that of the people.”
Alexis de Tocqueville
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He was as great as a man can be without morality.”
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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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