Consider any individual at any period of his life, and you will always find him preoccupied with fresh plans to increase his comfort.
Category Archive: 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.
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.
When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.
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.
The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.
Life is to be entered upon with courage.
There is hardly a political question in the United States which does not sooner or later turn into a judicial one.
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.
The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.