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ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE
French scientist, historian and politician
(1805 - 1879)
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Christianity is the companion of liberty in all its conflicts, the cradle of its infancy and the divine source of its claims.
      - [Christianity]

Equality is a slogan based on envy. It signifies in the heart of every republican: "Nobody is going to occupy a place higher than I."
      - [Equality]

"It is a great blessing," says Pascal, "to be born a man of quality, since it brings one man as far forward at eighteen or twenty as another man would be at fifty, which is a clear gain of thirty years." These thirty years are commonly wanting to the ambitious characters of democracies. The principle of equality, which allows every man to arrive at everything, prevents all men from rapid advancement.
      - [Democracy]

The evil which one suffers patiently as inevitable seems insupportable as soon as he conceives the idea of escaping from it.
      - [Resignation]

The man who seeks freedom for anything but freedom's self is made to be a slave.
      - [Freedom]

By the side of these religious men I discern others whose looks are turned to the earth more than to Heaven; they are the partisans of liberty, not only as the source of the noblest virtues, but more especially as the root of all solid advantages; and they sincerely desire to extend its sway, and to impart its blessings to mankind. It is natural that they should hasten to invoke the assistance of religion, for they must know that liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith; but they have seen religion in the ranks of their adversaries, and they inquire no further; some of them attack it openly, and the remainder are afraid to defend it.
      - Democracy in American
         (vol. 1, introductory chapter) [Liberty]


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