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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
19th century
Place of birth: France

Nations do not grow old in the same way that men do. Each generation born within the nation is like a new people.



"And do not say that it is too late to try; nations do not grow old in the same way that men do. Each generation born within the nation is like a new people who comes to offer itself to the hand of the law-maker."

Source: Democracy in America

Wikisource - Alexis de Tocqueville - De la démocratie en Amérique (fr) 



(French, German)

Les nations ne vieillissent point de la même manière que les hommes. Chaque génération qui naît dans leur sein est comme un peuple nouveau.

Die Völker altern nicht auf die gleiche Art wie die Menschen. Jede neue Generation, die in ihrem Schoß geboren wird, gleicht einem neuen Volk.

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Amongst democratic nations, each new generation is a new people.


Quotes for: generation

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.

In the human heart there is a perpetual generation of passions; so that the ruin of one is almost always the foundation of another.

An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations.

The tree of knowledge is not the tree of life! And yet can we cast out of our spirits all the good or evil poured into them by so many learned generations? Ignorance cannot be learned.

When the older generation makes mistakes, the younger learns a bad lesson.

Great men, unknown to their generation, have their fame among the great who have preceded them, and all true worldly fame subsides from their high estimate beyond the stars.


Alexis de Tocqueville also said...

Amongst democratic nations, each new generation is a new people.

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

The nations of our time cannot prevent the conditions of men from becoming equal; but it depends upon themselves whether the principle of equality is to lead them to servitude or freedom, to knowledge or barbarism, to prosperity or to wretchedness.

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.

The power of the periodical press is second only to that of the people.

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

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