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It is ... far more important to resist apathy than anarchy or despotism for apathy can give rise, almost indifferently, to either one.

ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE, Democracy in America

Lawyers belong to the people by birth and interest, and to the aristocracy by habit and taste; they may be looked upon as the connecting link of the two great classes of society.

ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE, Democracy in America

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.

ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE, speech at l'assemblée constituante, September 12, 1848

Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.... The subjection of individuals will increase amongst democratic nations, not only in the same proportion as their equality, but in the same proportion as their ignorance.

ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE, Democracy in America


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