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Alexis de Tocqueville: “I wish that they would try a little more to make great men”

20 September 2013

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“It would seem as if the rulers of our time sought only to use men in order to make things great; I wish that they would try a little more to make great men; that they would set less value on the work and more upon the workman; that they would never forget that a nation cannot long remain strong when every man belonging to it is individually weak; and that no form or combination of social polity has yet been devised to make an energetic people out of a community of pusillanimous and enfeebled citizens” 

– Alexis de Tocqueville

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  1. 20 September 2013 2:52 am

    Ahh, I love it.

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