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

False Alexis de Tocqueville Quote

“America is great because America is good. If America ever ceases to be good it will cease to be great.”

Alexis de TocquevilleAlexis de Tocqueville
~ Alexis de Tocqueville

No source for this quote has ever been found. See:

Ratings and Comments

Anna, Germantown, MD

Any true American would believe this. If not, they should move to the country they think is better and more to their thinking.

joe labarbera, Carlsbad CA

One large problem. The quotation is phony (spurious, bogus, fake). It appears nowhere in deT's writings. The honest thing would be to note that it's fake. John George, coauthor THEY NEVER SAID IT, Oxford U Press, 1989

Editor, Liberty Quotes

Joe, the quote is already labelled as false. Thanks for your feedback.

Drew, Myrtle Beach

You apparently haven't read all his writings. Try Tocqueville in Democracy in America, 1835. There you will find this quote to be true!

groovy, london

Great quote, but it really is false. deT never said it, not even in Democracy in America.

Mike, Norwalk

Now that Amerika has its military (militarized State Department, CIA, standing armies / navies etc., etc.) all over the world maintaining war and removing governments that are no longer useful to the fascist elite - is it still good ?

R. Donahoe, Yellow Springs, OH

Because it allowed slavery, America wasn't "good" to begin with.

David W Sylvester, Searsport
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David W Sylvester, Searsport R. Donahoe, Yellow Springs, OH 6/17/21

That would be like saying, "America wasn't 'good' because it allowed murder". America never condoned slavery!

J Carlton, Calgary

Donahoe...America didn't "allow" slavery. America "inherited" slavery...from the English, Spanish, French, Dutch, Portuguese...America "ended" slavery. Even the Southern Confederacy was going to get rid of it...that's documented. Get it straight!

Ronw13, ID

America was founded upon "seeking after that which good is" it is an ancient saying dating back to king David. As with Plato also. It is good to supply your children with Liberty and Freedom is it not ?

Abby, Newport

The statement stands without knowing from whose lips the statement came.


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