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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

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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Ce qui importe le plus à la démocratie, ce n'est pas qu'il n'y ait pas de grandes fortunes, c'est que les grandes fortunes ne restent pas dans les mêmes mains. De cette manière, il y a des riches, mais ils ne forment pas une classe.




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Die Nationen unserer Tage vermögen an der Gleichheit der gesellschaftlichen Bedingungen nichts mehr zu ändern; von ihnen aber hängt es nun ab, ob die Gleichheit sie zur Knechtschaft oder zur Freiheit führt, zu Bildung oder Barbarei, zu Wohlstand oder Elend.
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Nations do not grow old in the same way that men do. Each generation born within the nation is like a new people.
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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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