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date: 28 September 2021

Alexis de Tocqueville 1805–59
French historian and politician 

  1. History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.
    L'Ancien régime (1856)
  2. The social order destroyed by a revolution is almost always better than that which immediately preceded it, and experience shows that the most dangerous moment for a bad government is generally that in which it sets about reform.
    L'Ancien régime (1856)
  3. It is impossible to destroy men with more respect for the laws of humanity.
    of the treatment of the American Indians
    De la Démocratie en Amérique (1835–40) vol. 1
  4. Their starting point is different, and their courses are not the same; yet each of them seems to be marked out by the will of Heaven to sway the destinies of half the globe.
    referring to Russia and America
    De la Démocratie en Amérique (1835–40) vol. 1
  5. It is from the midst of this putrid sewer that the greatest river of human industry springs up and carries fertility to the whole world. From this foul drain pure gold flows forth.
    of Manchester
    Voyage en Angleterre et en Irlande de 1835 2 July 1835