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Monday, July 12, 2010

Top ten: Quotes of Alexis de Tocqueville

Have you heard of Alexis de Tocqueville?

Alexis de Tocqueville was a political thinker who wrote a book entitled Democracy in America. He was a Frenchman born in 1805, and lived through the French July Monarchy, Second Republic, AND Napoleon's regime before his passed away in 1859. He is the forefather to modern political science and has impacted political thought and progression with his literary works, analysis, and commentary. Below are his top ten quotes regarding government, philosophy, and politics.

10. Consider any individual at any period of his life, and you will always find him preoccupied with fresh plans to increase his comfort.

9. A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.

8. When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.

7. There is hardly a political question in the United States which does not sooner or later turn into a judicial one.

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

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

4. In politics shared hatreds are almost always the basis of friendships.

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

2. 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.

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

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