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Alexis De Tocqueville quotes

Alexis De Tocqueville
Christianity is the companion of liberty in all its conflicts the cradle of its infancy, and the divine source of its claims.

Alexis De Tocqueville
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.

Alexis De Tocqueville
The principle of equality does not destroy the imagination, but lowers its flight to the level of the earth.

Alexis De Tocqueville
Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.

Alexis De Tocqueville
However energetically society in general may strive to make all the citizens equal and alike, the personal pride of each individual will always make him try to escape from the common level, and he will form some inequality somewhere to his own profit.

Alexis De Tocqueville
If an American was condemned to confine his activity to his own affairs, he would be robbed of one half of his existence.

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

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