Alexis de TocquevilleAlexis de Tocqueville, [Alexis Charles Henri Maurice Clerel, le Comte de Tocqueville] (1805-1859) French historian

Alexis de Tocqueville Quote

“The man who asks of freedom anything other than itself is born to be a slave.”

Alexis de TocquevilleAlexis de Tocqueville
~ Alexis de Tocqueville

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

That I could rate this quote an innumerable times and with countless stars. Welcome to Amerika, land of the fee and home of the slave.

jim k, austin tx

Good on you, Mike.

Walter Clark, Fullerton CA

This is heavy.... man.
I think it means that freedom is not a means toward any end. It is itself the purpose of life. It is easy to fault the liberals for their claiming "freedom" as one of several tools for making members of society more comfortable, but it is only a tool to serve equality. But what about us? Do we put "making members of society more comfortable" above freedom? Is freedom how we make life better? Or does a higher standard of living somehow make freedom better?

Ron w13, Or

Higher standers of living never made any body, more free, but it does give those who serve them more to do ! The elite corp, corral servants from their freedom, to be slaves. By stealing away their liberty first, then you must serve them, by way of your freedom, to serve them. Freedom to move about and speak, pacifying the decent. All the while, knowing you have no inheritance or a means to secure it. Land of the fee and home of the slave.
Well said Mike. !

E Archer, NYC

Many confuse freedom with power...


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