Alexis de Tocqueville Quotes (44 Quotes)


    There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.

    All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it.

    America is a land of wonders, in which everything is in constant motion and every change seems an improvement. . . . No natural boundary seems to be set to the efforts of man and in his eyes, what is not yet done is only what he has not yet attempted to.

    History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.



    The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.


    As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in?


    Those that despise people will never get the best out of others and themselves.

    In the United States, the majority undertakes to supply a multitude of ready-made opinions for the use of individuals, who are thus relieved from the necessity of forming opinions of their own.

    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.

    I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.

    The French want no-one to be their superior. The English want inferiors. The Frenchman constantly raises his eyes above him with anxiety. The Englishman lowers his beneath him with satisfaction.

    In no other country in the world is the love of property keener or more alert than in the United States, and nowhere else does the majority display less inclination toward doctrines which in any way threaten the way property is owned.

    The genius of democracies is seen not only in the great number of new words introduced but even more in the new ideas they express.

    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 whole life of an American is passed like a game of chance, a revolutionary crisis, or a battle.


    The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.

    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.

    The man who seeks freedom for anything but freedom's self is made to be a slave.

    The main business of religions is to purify, control, and restrain that excessive and exclusive taste for well-being which men acquire in times of equality.

    The debates of that great assembly are frequently vague and perplexed, seeming to be dragged rather than to march, to the intended goal. Something of this sort must, I think, always happen in public democratic assemblies.


    The Americans combine the notions of religion and liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive of one without the other.




    There are two things which a democratic people will always find very difficult - to begin a war and to end it.


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