Alexis De Tocqueville
He was as great as a man can be without morality.
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What is most important for democracy is not that great fortunes should not exist, but that great fortunes should not remain in the same hands. In that way there are rich men, but they do not form a class.
I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all.
As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in?
In other words, a democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.
The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colours breaking through.
It is the dissimilarities and inequalities among men which give rise to the notion of honor as such differences become less, it grows feeble and when they disappear, it will vanish too.
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.
We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.
Life is to be entered upon with courage.
History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.
I decided I ought to pick a project that would not be controversial, that would not really cost the government a lot of money.
Rather like Batman, I embody the themes of the movie which are the values of family, courage and compassion and a sense of right and wrong, good and bad and justice.
Some of the most famous books are the least worth reading. Their fame was due to their having done something that needed to be doing in their day. The work is done and the virtue of the book has expired.
EXPECTATION weakens us in the love and service we provide.
To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.
The wisdom of age: don't stop walking.
Tomorrow, do thy worst, for I have lived today.
It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement the greatest source of visual beauty the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.
I think God's justice is making wrongs right.
Maybe there is no actual place called hell. Maybe hell is just having to listen to our grandparents breathe through their noses when they're eating sandwiches.