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Quote of the Week: Alexis de Tocqueville

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"It is almost never when a state of things is the most detestable that it is smashed, but when, beginning to improve, it permits men to breathe, to reflect, to communicate their thoughts with each other, and to gauge by what they already have the extent of their rights and their grievances. The weight, although less heavy, seems then all the more unbearable."

-- Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 – 1859). Tocqueville was a French political thinker and historian. His best known works include Democracy in America and The Old Regime and the Revolution, from which the above quote is taken.

Painting of Alexis de Tocqueville by Théodore Chassériau (Wikimedia Commons, public domain)
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