Monday, March 9, 2009

It is odd to watch...

with what feverish ardor the Americans pursue prosperity. Millions of men are all marching together toward the same point on the horizon; their languages, religions, and mores are different, but they have one common aim. They have been told that fortune is to be found somewhere toward the west, and they hasten to seek it.

Alexis de Tocqueville
Democracy in America, 1835

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