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Scarcely any political question arises in the United States that is not resolved, sooner or later, into a judicial question.
~ Alexis de Tocqueville | ( French social philosopher. ) | 1805-1889 | Law
quotes Division : French Philosophers   
     
The best laws cannot make a constitution work in spite of morals; morals can turn the worst laws to advantage. That is a commonplace truth, but one to which my studies are always bringing me back. It is the central point in my conception. I see it at the end of all my reflections.
-: [ De la supériorité des mœurs sur les lois (1831) Oeuvres complètes, vol. VIII, p. 286 ]
~ Alexis de Tocqueville | ( French social philosopher. ) | 1805-1889 | Law
quotes Division : French Philosophers   
     
There is hardly a pioneer's hut which does not contain a few odd volumes of Shakespeare. I remember reading the feudal drama of Henry V for the first time in a log cabin.
~ Alexis de Tocqueville | ( French social philosopher. ) | 1805-1889 | Education
quotes Division : French Philosophers   
     
The last thing a political party gives up is its vocabulary.
~ Alexis de Tocqueville | ( French social philosopher. ) | 1805-1889 | Words
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Despotism may govern without faith, but liberty cannot. How is it possible that society should escape destruction if the moral tie is not strengthened in proportion as the political tie is relaxed? And what can be done with a people who are their own masters if they are not submissive to the Deity?
~ Alexis de Tocqueville | ( French social philosopher. ) | 1805-1889 | Faith
quotes Division : French Philosophers   
     
In politics... shared hatreds are almost always the basis of friendships.
~ Alexis de Tocqueville | ( French social philosopher. ) | 1805-1889 | Politics
quotes Division : French Philosophers   
     
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.
~ Alexis de Tocqueville | ( French social philosopher. ) | 1805-1889 | Taxes
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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.
~ Alexis de Tocqueville | ( French social philosopher. ) | 1805-1889 | Religion
quotes Division : French Philosophers   
     
An American cannot converse, but he can discuss, and his talk falls into a dissertation. He speaks to you as if he was addressing a meeting; and if he should chance to become warm in the discussion, he will say ''Gentlemen'' to the person with whom he is conversing.
~ Alexis de Tocqueville | ( French social philosopher. ) | 1805-1889 | Conversation
quotes Division : French Philosophers   
     
Two things in America are astonishing: the changeableness of most human behavior and the strange stability of certain principles. Men are constantly on the move, but the spirit of humanity seems almost unmoved.
~ Alexis de Tocqueville | ( French social philosopher. ) | 1805-1889 | America
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The whole life of an American is passed like a game of chance, a revolutionary crisis, or a battle.
~ Alexis de Tocqueville | ( French social philosopher. ) | 1805-1889 | America
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What is the 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 | ( French social philosopher. ) | 1805-1889 | Wealth
quotes Division : French Philosophers   
     
There are two things which will always be very difficult for a democratic nation: to start a war and to end it.
~ Alexis de Tocqueville | ( French social philosopher. ) | 1805-1889 | War
quotes Division : French Philosophers   
     
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.
~ Alexis de Tocqueville | ( French social philosopher. ) | 1805-1889 | Language
quotes Division : French Philosophers