The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity.
It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny.
The minority of a country is never known to agree, except in its efforts to reduce and oppress the majority
The principal advantage of a democracy, is a general elevation in the character of the people
Individuality is the aim of political liberty
History, like love, is so apt to surround her heroes with an atmosphere of imaginary brightness.
The novice in the military art flew from point to point, retarding his own preparations by the excess of his violent and somewhat distempered zeal; while the more practiced veteran made his arrangements with a deliberation that scorned every appearance of haste
tis hard to live in a world where all look upon you as below them.
The Americans... are almost ignorant of the art of music, one of the most elevating, innocent and refining of human tastes, whose influence on the habits and morals of a people is of the most beneficial tendency.
The affairs of life embrace a multitude of interests, and he who reasons in any one of them, without consulting the rest, is a visionary unsuited to control the business of the world.
A monarchy is the most expensive of all forms of government, the regal state requiring a costly parade, and he who depends on his own power to rule, must strengthen that power by bribing the active and enterprising whom he cannot intimidate.
No civilized society can long exist, with an active power in its bosom that is stronger than the law.
The disposition of all power is to abuses, nor does it at all mend the matter that its possessors are a majority.
The very existence of government at all, infers inequality. The citizen who is preferred to office becomes the superior to those who are not, so long as he is the repository of power, and the child inherits the wealth of the parent as a controlling law of society.
All that a good government aims at... is to add no unnecessary and artificial aid to the force of its own unavoidable consequences, and to abstain from fortifying and accumulating social inequality as a means of increasing political inequalities.