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August 5, 2011

Carlyle’s meditations on the looming bankruptcy of the French monarchy as that country’s revolution approached:

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"Great is Bankruptcy:
the great bottomless gulf into which all Falsehoods, public and private, do sink, disappearing; whither, from the first origin of them, they were all doomed.  For Nature is true and not a lie.  No lie you can speak or act but it will come, after longer or shorter circulation, like a Bill drawn on Nature'€™s Reality, and be presented there for payment, --€” with the answer, No effects.  Pity only that it often had so long a circulation: that the original forger were so seldom he who bore the final smart of it!  Lies, and the burden of evil they bring, are passed on; shifted from back to back, and from rank to rank; and so land ultimately on the dumb lowest rank, who with spade and mattock, with sore heart and empty wallet, daily come in contact with reality, and can pass the cheat no further.... Honor to Bankruptcy; ever righteous on the great scale, though in detail it is so cruel! Under all Falsehoods it works, unweariedly mining. No Falsehood, did it rise heaven-high and cover the world, but Bankruptcy, one day, will sweep it down, and make us free of it." -- Via Via Meadia

Posted by Vanderleun at August 5, 2011 5:06 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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