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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

I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all.




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All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green,
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A theory which is not refutable by any conceivable event is non-scientific. Irrefutability is not a virtue of a theory (as people often think) but a vice.
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Philosophy aims at the logical clarification of thoughts. Philosophy is not a body of doctrine but an activity.
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True art is creation, and creation is beyond all theories.
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It is the theory that decides what can be observed.
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If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.
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When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.
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Amongst democratic nations, each new generation is a new people.
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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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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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The power of the periodical press is second only to that of the people.
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