Beyond the Power of Man

Omnipotence in itself seems to me something bad and dangerous. 

Its exercise seems to me beyond the power of man, whoever he may be; and I see only God who can, without danger, be all powerful, because his wisdom and his justice are always equal to his power.

There is no authority on earth so respectable in itself, or vested with a right so sacred, that I would want to allow it to act without control or to dominate without obstacles.

When I see the right and the ability to do everything granted to whatever power, whether called people or king, democracy or aristocracy, whether exercised in a monarchy or a republic, I say: the seed of tyranny is there, and I try to go and live under other laws.

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America.

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