„What most astonishes me in the United States, is not so much the marvelous grandeur of some undertakings, as the innumerable multitude of small ones.“

—  Alexis De Tocqueville, livro Da Democracia na América

Book Two, Chapter XIX.
Democracy in America, Volume II (1840), Book Two

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político francês 1805 - 1859

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