"The debates of that great assembly are frequently vague and perplexed, seeming to be dragged rather than to march, to the intended goal. Something of this sort must, I think, always happen in public democratic assemblies."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."Alexis de Tocqueville on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."Alexis de Tocqueville on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."Alexis de Tocqueville on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."Alexis de Tocqueville on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."Alexis de Tocqueville on Winston Churchill
"Those that despise people will never get the best out of others and themselves."
"We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects."
"The main business of religions is to purify, control, and restrain that excessive and exclusive taste for well-being which men acquire in times of equality."
"Life is to be entered upon with courage."
"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."
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