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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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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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Translation

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French
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.”
Alexis de Tocqueville




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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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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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