Alexis de Tocqueville

"In the United States professions are more or less laborious, more or less profitable but they are never either high or low: every honest calling is honourable."

"What is most important for democracy is not that great fortunes should not exist, but that great fortunes should not remain in the same hands. In that way there are rich men, but they do not form a class."

"Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude."

- Alexis de Tocqueville