The American Character

“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?”
— Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831

“I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.”
— de Tocqueville

“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.”
— A de T

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“It is almost never when a state of things is the most detestable that it is smashed, but when, beginning to improve, it permits men to breathe, to reflect, to communicate their thoughts with each other, and to gauge by what they already have the extent of their rights and their grievances. The weight, although less heavy, seems then all the more unbearable.”
— Alexis de Tocqueville was born this day in 1805

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