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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
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Alexis de Tocqueville
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Variant translation: When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness. - Democracy in America, Volume II (1840)
Alexis de Tocqueville
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Notes for a Speech on Socialism (1848)

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Born: July 29, 1805

Died: April 16, 1859 (aged 53)

Nationality: French

Occupation: Historian

Bio: Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville was a French political thinker and historian best known for his Democracy in America and The Old Regime and the Revolution. In both of these works, he explored the effects of the rising equality of social conditions on the individual and the state in western societies.

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