Alexis de Tocqueville, Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville

Alexis de
Tocqueville, Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville
1805
1859

French Political Thinker and Theologian

Author Quotes

Those who prize freedom only for the material benefits it offers have never kept it for long.

One of the most ordinary weakness of the human intellect is to seek reconcile contrary principles, and to purchase peace at the expense of logic.

The real cause, the effective one that makes men lose power is that they have become unworthy to exercise it.

This world belongs to the energetical.

[Democratic government] covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.

A brilliant achievement may win for you the favor of a people at one stroke; but to earn the love and respect of the population that surrounds you, a long succession of little services rendered and of obscure good deeds, a constant habit of kindness and an established reputation for disinterestedness will be required.

The final aim of life is placed beyond life.

Author Picture
First Name
Alexis de
Last Name
Tocqueville, Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville
Birth Date
1805
Death Date
1859
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French Political Thinker and Theologian