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Alexis de Tocqueville



    We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.

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

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

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    With much care and skill power has been broken into fragments in the American township, so that the maximum possible number of people have some concern with public affairs

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    For their happiness such a government willingly labors, but it chooses to be the sole agent and the only arbiter of their necessities, facilitates their pleasures, manages their principal concerns, directs their industry, regulates the descent of property, and subdivides their inheritances; what remains, but to spare them all the care of thinking and all the trouble of living?

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    Nothing is quite so wretchedly corrupt as an aristocracy which has lost its power but kept its wealth and which still has endless leisure to devote to nothing but banal enjoyments. All its great thoughts and passionate energy are things of the past, and nothing but a host of petty, gnawing vices now cling to it like worms to a corpse.

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    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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