American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Tocqueville, Alexis Charles Henri Clérel de 1805-1859. French politician, traveler, and historian. After touring the United States (1831-1832), he wrote Democracy in America (1835), a widely influential study of American institutions.
- n. French political writer noted for his analysis of American institutions (1805-1859)
“And suddenly, as the name Tocqueville is uttered, a sort of miracle occurs!”
“Isn't that the definition of democracy, in Tocqueville's sense?”
“Should we re-read those pages in Tocqueville on the good fortune of being sheltered by geography from violations of the nation's territorial space, and come to see in this return to the flag a neurotic abreaction to the astonishment that the violation actually occurred?”
“LAMB: One of the things we find almost in every book here is -- again, it was in this book -- is that the name Tocqueville -- Alexis de Tocqueville -- and he had dinner with him in Paris.”
“Think back to that political-science class in college or civics class in high school, and remember the name Tocqueville, as in Alexis de Tocqueville.”
“The first three-quarters of his book are about Montesquieu, Rousseau, and Tocqueville, which is to say they're really about us.”
“So he was from a place called Tocqueville, and you can still visit that place in Normandy, as I know you have.”
“RYAN: It was just the little village in Normandy from which the family comes was called Tocqueville, so it's like any other of these names, it's just a locality.”
“If the democratic Prince requires an anguished aristocrat as his court philosopher he would do better to call Tocqueville to the post.”
“I assume Gibbon would agree with the later statements of men such as Tocqueville who believed that religion and state are each the better the less they are mixed, but that the state is much the better for being ruled by individuals formed in faith.”
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