Principium Volume I, Book 4, Quote 466, 473, 476, 477

466. It was never assumed in the United States that the citizen of a free country has a right to do whatever he pleases; on the contrary, social obligations were there imposed upon him more various than anywhere else. No idea was ever entertained of attacking the principles or of contesting the rights of society; but the exercise of its authority was divided, to the end that the office might be powerful and the officer insignificant, and that the community should be at once regulated and free. In no country in the world does the law hold so absolute a language as in America, and in no country is the right of applying it vested in so many hands. The administrative power in the United States presents nothing either central or hierarchical in its constitution, which accounts for its passing unperceived. The power exists, but its representative is not to be perceived.

- Alexis de Toqueville – Democracy in America, 1835


473. Whatever exertions may be made, no true power can be founded among men which does not depend upon the free union or their inclinations; and patriotism and religion are the only two motives in the world which can permanently direct the whole of a body politic to one end.

- Alexis de Toqueville – Democracy in America, 1835


476. In the United States the interests of the country are everywhere kept in view; they are an object of solicitude to the people of the whole Union, and every citizen is as warmly attached to them as if they were his own. He takes pride in the glory of his nation; he boasts of its success, to which he conceives himself to have contributed, and he rejoices in the general prosperity by which he profits. The feeling he entertains towards the State is analogous to that which unites him to his family, and it is by a kind of egotism that he interests himself in the welfare of his country.

- Alexis de Toqueville – Democracy in America, 1835

477. In America it may be said that no one renders obedience to man, but to justice and to law.

- Alexis de Toqueville – Democracy in America, 1835

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