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Marriage
Engrave this Quote In America a woman loses her independence for ever in the bonds of matrimony. While there is less constraint on girls there than anywhere else, a wife submits to stricter obligations. For the former, her father's house is a home of freedom and pleasure; for the latter, her husband's is almost a cloister.
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-Alexis de Tocqueville
Women
Engrave this Quote I have no hesitation in saying that although the American woman never leaves her domestic sphere and is in some respects very dependent within it, nowhere does she enjoy a higher station. And if anyone asks me what I think the chief cause of the extraordinary prosperity and growing power of this nation, I should answer that it is due to the superiority of their women.
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-Alexis de Tocqueville
Words
Engrave this Quote The last thing a political party gives up is its vocabulary.
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-Alexis de Tocqueville
Class
Engrave this Quote The Americans never use the word peasant, because they have no idea of the class which that term denotes; the ignorance of more remote ages, the simplicity of rural life, and the rusticity of the villager have not been preserved among them; and they are alike unacquainted with the virtues, the vices, the coarse habits, and the simple graces of an early stage of civilization.
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-Alexis de Tocqueville
Kindness
Engrave this Quote In democratic ages men rarely sacrifice themselves for another, but they show a general compassion for all the human race. One never sees them inflict pointless suffering, and they are glad to relieve the sorrows of others when they can do so without much trouble to themselves. They are not disinterested, but they are gentle.
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-Alexis de Tocqueville
Apathy
Engrave this Quote 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 for fear of being carried off their feet. The prospect really does frighten me that they may finally become so engrossed in a cowardly love of immediate pleasures that their interest in their own future and in that of their descendants may vanish, and that they will prefer tamely to follow the course of their destiny rather than make a sudden energetic effort necessary to set things right.
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-Alexis de Tocqueville
Conformity & Nonconformity
Engrave this Quote I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.
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-Alexis de Tocqueville
Congress
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Alexis de Tocqueville
Conspiracy
Engrave this Quote In countries where associations are free, secret societies are unknown. In America there are factions, but no conspiracies.
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-Alexis de Tocqueville
Conversation
Engrave this Quote An American cannot converse, but he can discuss, and his talk falls into a dissertation. He speaks to you as if he was addressing a meeting; and if he should chance to become warm in the discussion, he will say Gentlemen to the person with whom he is conversing.
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-Alexis de Tocqueville


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