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Alexis De Tocqueville

Data de nascimento: 29. Julho 1805
Data de falecimento: 16. Abril 1859
Outros nomes:Visconte Alexis de Tocqueville, Алексис де Токвиль

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Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel , visconde de Tocqueville, dito Alexis de Tocqueville foi um pensador político, historiador e escritor francês. Tornou-se célebre por suas análises da Revolução Francesa, cuja pertinência foi destacada por François Furet, da democracia americana e da evolução das democracias ocidentais em geral. Raymond Aron pôs em evidência sua contribuição à sociologia.

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„No Americans are devoid of a yearning desire to rise, but hardly any appear to entertain hopes of great magnitude or to pursue very lofty aims. All are constantly seeking to acquire property, power, and reputation.“

—  Alexis De Tocqueville
Context: The First thing that strikes a traveler in the United States is the innumerable multitude of those who seek to emerge from their original condition; and the second is the rarity of lofty ambition to be observed in the midst of the universally ambitious stir of society. No Americans are devoid of a yearning desire to rise, but hardly any appear to entertain hopes of great magnitude or to pursue very lofty aims. All are constantly seeking to acquire property, power, and reputation. Book Three, Chapter XIX.

„America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.“

—  Alexis De Tocqueville
Context: In the end, the state of the Union comes down to the character of the people. I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there. In the fertile fields and boundless prairies, and it was not there. In her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits, aflame with righteousness, did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great. This has often been attributed to de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, but erroneously, according to "The Tocqueville Fraud" http://www.weeklystandard.com/print/the-tocqueville-fraud/article/8100 in The Weekly Standard (13 November 1995). This quote dates back to at least 1922 (Herald and Presbyter, September 6, 1922, p. 8 http://books.google.com/books?id=3sYpAAAAYAAJ&pg=RA3-PT21&vq=%22I+sought+for+the+greatness+and+genius+of+America+in+her+commodious%22&source=gbs_search_r&cad=0_1) There's an earlier variant, without the memorable ending, that dates back to at least 1886: I went at your bidding, and passed along their thoroughfares of trade. I ascended their mountains and went down their valleys. I visited their manufactories, their commercial markets, and emporiums of trade. I entered their judicial courts and legislative halls. But I sought everywhere in vain for the secret of their success, until I entered the church. It was there, as I listened to the soul-equalizing and soul-elevating principles of the Gospel of Christ, as they fell from Sabbath to Sabbath upon the masses of the people, that I learned why America was great and free, and why France was a slave. Empty Pews & Selections from Other Sermons on Timely Topics, Madison Clinton Peters; Zeising, 1886, p. 35 http://books.google.com/books?id=f54PAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA35&dq=de+tochneville&ei=w1YCSbS3JoTkygS2g_mvDQ

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„History, it is easily perceived, is a picture-gallery containing a host of copies and very few originals.“

—  Alexis De Tocqueville
Original text: On voit que l'histoire est une galerie de tableaux où il y a peu d'originaux et beaucoup de copies. Variant translation: History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies. Old Regime (1856), p. 88 http://books.google.com/books?id=N50aibeL8BAC&pg=PA88&vq=%22history,+it+is+easily+perceived%22&source=gbs_search_r&cad=1_1

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