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Horatio Seymour, Alexis de Tocqueville, Henry Grady Weaver

"The merit of our Constitution was,
not that it promotes democracy,
but checks it."
-- Horatio Seymour
(1810-1886) Governor of New York
http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Horatio.Seymour.Quote.7274


"[Some people] have a depraved taste for equality, which impels the weak to lower the powerful to their own level, and reduces men to prefer equality in slavery to inequality with freedom. I believe that it is easier to establish an absolute and despotic government amongst a people in which the conditions of society are equal, than amongst any other; and I think that, if such a government were once established amongst such a people, it would not only oppress men, but would eventually strip each of them of several of the highest qualities of humanity. Despotism, therefore, appears to me peculiarly to be dreaded in democratic times."
-- Alexis de Tocqueville
[Alexis Charles Henri Maurice Clerel, le Comte de Tocqueville] (1805-1859) French historian
http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Alexis.de.Tocqueville.Quote.8B68


"The Greeks... labored under the delusion that their democracy was a guarantee of peace and plenty, not realizing that unrestrained majority rule always destroys freedom, puts the minority at the mercy of the mob, and works at cross-purposes to the effective use of human energy and individual initiative."
-- Henry Grady Weaver
(1889-1949)
Source: "The Mainspring of Human Progress," 1947
http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Henry.Weaver.Quote.BD57


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