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History is a gallery of pictures in which there are
by Alexis de Tocqueville

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

Related topics: History

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

In politics shared hatreds are almost always the basis of friendships.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

 

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

Life is to entered upon with courage.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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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.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

Liberty cannot be established without morality,
nor morality without faith.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

Those that despise people will never get the best out
of others and themselves.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

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

The power of the periodical press is second only to that of the people.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

He was as great as a man can be without morality.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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

In a revolution, as in a novel, the most difficult
part to invent is the end.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

Grant me thirty years of equal division of inheritances and a free press,
and I will provide you with a republic.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

The whole life of an American is passed like a game of chance,
a revolutionary crisis, or a battle.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

The Indian knew how to live without wants,
to suffer without complaint, and to die singing.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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

The health of a democratic society may be measured
by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

When the past no longer illuminates the future,
the spirit walks in darkness.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint,
but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic
colours breaking through.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

In America the majority raises formidable barriers
around the liberty of opinion;
within these barriers an author may write what he pleases,
but woe to him if he goes beyond them.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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?
- Alexis de Tocqueville

Nothing seems at first sight less important than the
outward form of human actions,
yet there is nothing upon which men set more store:
they grow used to everything except to living in a
society which has not their own manners.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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

I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where
they look on every new theory as a danger,
every innovation as a toilsome trouble,
every social advance as a first step toward revolution,
and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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.
- 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

Well-behaved women seldom make history.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That is why it is called Present.
- Anonymous

A small body of determined spirits
fired by an unquenchable faith
in their mission
can alter the course of history.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Live out of your imagination, not your history.
- Stephen Covey

Who has fully realized that history
is not contained in thick books
but lives in our very blood?
- Carl Jung

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

History is a vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
- James A. Baldwin

It's a very good historical book about history.
- Dan Quayle

Pick up a stone that feels good to you
and is small enough to hold in one hand.
Consider how long that stone has been around
and what enormous pressure it has experienced.
Draw strength from its long history.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

History is more or less bunk.
- Henry Ford

It is the soothing thing about history that it does repeat itself.
- Gertrude Stein

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.
- A. Whitney Brown

France is delighted at this new opportunity to show
the world that when one has the will one can succeed
in joining peoples who have been brought close by history.
- Francois Mitterrand

History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.
- Ted Koppel

History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.
- Konrad Adenauer

For the very first time the young are
seeing history being made
before it is censored by their elders.
- Margaret Mead

The importance of history is in it's
educational value for our lives today,
not in regret, resentment, or revenge.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything we believe is a matter of evolution and history.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

History is a vision of God's creation on the move.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.
- Henry James

History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes,
follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
- Edward Gibbon

History is an account, mostly false,
of events,
mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers,
mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
- Ambrose Bierce

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

That great dust-heap called 'history'.
- Augustine Birrell

Naturally, every age thinks that all ages before it were prejudiced,
and today we think this more than ever, and are just as wrong
as all previous ages that thought so.
How often have we not seen the truth condemned!
It is sad but unfortunately true that man learns nothing from history.
- Carl Jung

History is a pack of lies about events that never happened
told by people who weren't there.
- George Santayana

History never looks like history when you are living through it.
- John W. Gardner


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