All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it.

There are two things which a democratic people will always find very difficult – to begin a war and to end it.

Alexis de Tocqueville War Quotes

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.

Nothing seems at first sight less important than the outward form of human actions yet there is nothing upon which men set more store: they grow used to everything except to living in a society which has not their own manners.

Alexis de Tocqueville Society Quotes

The Americans combine the notions of religion and liberty so intimately in their minds that it is impossible to make them conceive of one without the other.

Alexis de Tocqueville Religion Quote

The power of the periodical press is second only to that of the people.

Alexis de Tocqueville Power Quote

In politics shared hatreds are almost always the basis of friendships.

Alexis de Tocqueville Politics Quote

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?

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.

Alexis de Tocqueville Money Quotes

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.

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.

There are many men of principle in both parties in America but there is no party of principle.

Alexis de Tocqueville Men Quotes

History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.

Alexis de Tocqueville History Quote

The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.

Alexis de Tocqueville Health Quote

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.

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.

He was as great as a man can be without morality.

Alexis de Tocqueville Great Quotes