Saturday, 28 February 2009

From "Democracy in America"

By Alexis de Tocqueville.

Man has risen above the beasts because he used his soul to gain the material goods they gain by instinct only. The angel in man taught the beast in him the art of satisfying his needs. It is because Man is capable of rising above the body and sacrificing his own life – a quality that beasts have no conception of – that he has found out how to multiply his bodily satisfaction to a degree that they can not conceive of either.