The Wisdom of Alexis de Toqueville
1805-1859

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

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

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

Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.

Words, Government, Vote 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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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