Quote 23 de Tocqueville

 

QUOTE XXIII

tocquevilleAlexis de Tocqueville (1805 – 1859 )  What good is it to me, after all, if there is an authority always busy to see to the tranquil enjoyment of my pleasures and going ahead to brush all dangers away from my path without giving me even the trouble to think about it, if that authority, which protects me from the smallest thorns on my journey, is also the absolute master of my liberty and of my life? If it monopolizes all activity and life to such an extent that all around it must languish when it languishes, sleep when it sleeps, and perish when it dies?

Democracy in America, 1835

About Paul Jacko

Jacko was born in Czechoslovakia not long before the communist putsch in February 1948. He studied industrial chemistry there and left in 1969 for Australia, where he became a lawyer and established his own practice. He has now retired and beside hunting, fishing, camping, prospecting and playing golf he amuses himself by writing.
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2 Responses to Quote 23 de Tocqueville

  1. who shos says:

    Now majority of Americans would disagree.

  2. plus none says:

    That’s what people want – somebody to boss them around. Freedom is dangerous.

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