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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:64
AUTHOR:Alexis de Tocqueville (1805–59)
QUOTATION:The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colors breaking through.
ATTRIBUTION:ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE, Democracy in America, ed. J. P. Mayer, trans. George Lawrence, vol. 1, part 1, chapter 2, p. 49 (1969). Originally published in 1835–1840.
SUBJECTS:America
 
 
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