Alexis de Tocqueville
Brief Bio: French aristocrat, diplomat, political scientist, political philosopher and historian
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“The exercise of the intellect”
From the time when the exercise of the intellect became a source of strength and of wealth, we see that every addition to science, every fresh truth and every new idea became a germ of power placed within the reach of the people.
From the book Democracy in America