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Alexis de Tocqueville

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What is not yet done is only what we have not yet attempted to do.
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Chapter XVIII

 
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What is not yet done is only what we have not yet attempted to do.

 
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No natural boundary seems to be set to the efforts of man; and what is not yet done is only what he has not yet attempted to do.

 
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