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AUTHOR: Alexis de Tocqueville (1805–59)
QUOTATION: The people reign over the American political world as God rules over the universe. It is the cause and the end of all things; everything rises out of it and is absorbed back into it.
ATTRIBUTION: ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE, Democracy in America, ed. J. P. Mayer, trans. George Lawrence, vol. 1, part 1, chapter 4, concluding sentences, p. 60 (1969). Originally published in 1835–1840.
SUBJECTS: American people