Freedom is, in truth, a sacred [sic] thing.
There is only one thing else that better deserves the name: that is
virtue. But then what is virtue if not the free choice of
what is good?
(Alexis de Tocqueville, Journeys to England and Ireland,
translated by George Lawrence and K.P. Mayer, edited by Jacob Peter
Mayer, London, Faber and Faber, 1957, p. 117.)
Democracy is like a rising tide; it only recoils to
come back with greater force, and soon one sees that for all its
fluctuations it is always gaining ground. The immediate future of
European society is completely democratic: this can in no way be
(Alexis de Tocqueville, Journeys to England and
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