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.
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.
The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.
Life is to be entered upon with courage.
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.
History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.
We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.
When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.
The genius of democracies is seen not only in the great number of new words introduced but even more in the new ideas they express.
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.
I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.
The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.
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?
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