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Quote Left The territorial aristocracy of former ages was either bound by law, or thought itself bound by usage, to come to the relief of its serving-men and to relieve their distress. But the manufacturing aristocracy of our age first impoverishes and debases the men who serve it and then abandons them to be supported by the charity of the public. This is a natural consequence of what has been said before. Between the workman and the master there are frequent relations, but no real association. I am of the opinion, on the whole, that the manufacturing aristocracy which is growing up under our eyes is one of the harshest that ever existed in the world; but at the same time it is one of the most confined and least dangerous. Nevertheless, the friends of democracy should keep their eyes anxiously fixed in this direction; for if ever a permanent inequality of conditions and aristocracy again penetrates into the world, it may be predicted that this is the gate by which they will enter. Quote Right
Quote Left The first who attracts the eye, the first in enlightenment, in power and in happiness, is the white man, the European, man par excellence; below him appear the Negro and the Indian. These two unfortunate races have neither birth, nor face, nor language, nor mores in common; only their misfortunes look alike. Both occupy an equally inferior position in the country that they inhabit; both experience the effects of tyranny; and if their miseries are different, they can accuse the same author for them. Quote Right
Quote Left I am obliged to confess that I do not regard the abolition of slavery as a means of warding off the struggle of the two races in the Southern states. The Negroes may long remain slaves without complaining; but if they are once raised to the level of freemen, they will soon revolt at being deprived of almost all their civil rights; and as they cannot become the equals of the whites, they will speedily show themselves as enemies. Quote Right
Quote Left America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great. Quote Right
Quote Left 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 Quote Right
Quote Left A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it Quote Right
Quote Left 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 Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom Quote Right
Quote Left The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money Quote Right
Quote Left The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America. Quote Right
Quote Left The last thing a political party gives up is its vocabulary Quote Right
Quote Left 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 Quote Right
Quote Left When American(s) ask for the cooperation of (their) fellow citizens, it is seldom refused; and I have often seen it afforded spontaneously and with great good will Quote Right
Quote Left 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 Quote Right
Quote Left He was as great as a man can be without morality. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left 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 Quote Right
Quote Left In a revolution, as in a novel. the most difficult part to invent is the end. Quote Right
Quote Left Trade is the natural enemy of all violent passions. Trade loves moderation, delights in compromise, and is most careful to avoid anger. It is patient, supple, and insinuating, only resorting to extreme measures in cases of absolute necessity. Trade makes men independent of one another and gives them a high idea of their personal importance: it leads them to want to manage their own affairs and teaches them to succeed therein. Hence it makes them inclined to liberty but disinclined to revolution. Quote Right
Quote Left Life is to entered upon with courage Quote Right
Quote Left History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies Quote Right
Quote Left It is almost never when a state of things is the most detestable that it is smashed, but when, beginning to improve, it permits men to breathe, to reflect, to communicate their thoughts with each other, and to gauge by what they already have the extent of their rights and their grievances. The weight, although less heavy, seems then all the more unbearable. Quote Right
Quote Left 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 Quote Right
Quote Left Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith Quote Right
Quote Left In countries where associations are free, secret societies are unknown. In America there are factions, but no conspiracies. Quote Right
Quote Left There are now two great nations in the world, which starting from different points, seem to be advancing toward the same goal: the Russians and the Anglo-Americans...Each seems called by some secret design of Providence one day to hold in its hands the destinies of half the world. Quote Right
Quote Left The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other. Quote Right
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