February 2, 2023: Quotes from Alexis de Tocqueville
Alexis de Tocqueville (July 29, 1805–April 16, 1859) was a French historian and political writer. He wrote about politics in the United States in his four-volume work, “Democracy in America.” Enjoy these quotes from Alexis de Tocqueville that still resonate today.
“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”
“When inequality is the general rule in society, the greatest inequalities attract no attention. When everything is more or less level, the slightest variation is noticed. Hence the more equal men are, the more insatiable will be their longing for equality.”
“We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.”
“History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.”
“The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colors breaking through.”
See more quotes from Alexis de Toqueville.
Enjoy daily quotes and inspiration wherever you are! Download our Brilliant Quotes app for Apple or Android. Browse by author or category, read our quote of the day, vote for your favorite quotes, and share inspirational quotes on social media.