Best Quotes by Alexis de Tocqueville (Top 10)

  1. The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.
  2. America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.
  3. I do not know if the people of the United States would vote for superior men if they ran for office, but there can be no doubt that such men do not run.
  4. Society will develop a new kind of servitude which covers the surface of society with a network of complicated rules, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate. It does not tyrannise but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.
  5. Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
  6. Nothing is more wonderful than the art of being free, but nothing is harder to learn how to use than freedom.
  7. Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.
  8. There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.
  9. It is indeed difficult to imagine how men who have entirely renounced the habit of managing their own affairs could be successful in choosing those who ought to lead them. It is impossible to believe that a liberal, energetic, and wise government can ever emerge from the ballots of a nation of servants.
  10. 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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