The French People Triumph
(The Bastille surrendered, July 14, 1789.)
What the Fourth of July is to Americans, the Fourteenth of July is to Frenchmen. It commemorates an oppressive tyranny overthrown by a freedom-loving people.
Read from Burke‘s THE REVOLUTION IN FRANCE vol. 24, pp. 268–273
A mendicant (from Latin: mendicans, “begging”) is one who practices mendicancy, relying chiefly or exclusively on alms to survive.
While France was forced to establish government programs to address the homeless, the “leaders of the legislative clubs and coffee-houses are intoxicated with admiration at their own wisdom and ability.”
A brave people will certainly prefer liberty accompanied with a virtuous poverty to a depraved and wealthy servitude.
Mamluk, also spelled Mameluke, slave soldier, a member of one of the armies of slaves established during the Abbasid era that later won political control of several Muslim states. Under the Ayyubid sultanate, Mamluk generals used their power to establish a dynasty that ruled Egypt and Syria from 1250 to 1517.
The Women’s March on Versailles, also known as the October March, the October Days or simply the March on Versailles, was one of the earliest and most significant events of the French Revolution. The march began among women in the marketplaces of Paris who, on the morning of 5 October 1789, were near rioting over the high price and scarcity of bread. Their demonstrations quickly became intertwined with the activities of revolutionaries, who were seeking liberal political reforms and a constitutional monarchy for France. The market women and their various allies grew into a mob of thousands. Encouraged by revolutionary agitators, they ransacked the city armory for weapons and marched to the Palace of Versailles. The crowd besieged the palace, and in a dramatic and violent confrontation, they successfully pressed their demands upon King Louis XVI. The next day, the crowd compelled the king, his family, and most of the French Assembly to return with them to Paris.
A panegyric is a formal public speech or written verse, delivered in high praise of a person or thing. The original panegyrics were speeches delivered at public events in ancient Athens.
Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order // it is the Corinthian capital of polished society.
Corporate bodies are immortal for the good of the members, but not for their punishment. Nations themselves are such corporations.
We do not draw the moral lessons we might from history. Without care it may be used to vitiate our minds and to destroy our happiness.
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spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of.
“development programs have been vitiated by the rise in population”
destroy or impair the legal validity of.
“the insurance is vitiated because of foolish acts on the part of the tenant”
History consists, for the greater part, of the miseries brought upon the world by pride, ambition, avarice, revenge, lust, sedition, hypocrisy, ungoverned zeal, and all the train of disorderly appetites, which shake the public with the same.
A certain quantum of power must always exist in some hands under some appellation […] wise men will apply their remedies to vices not to names; to the causes of evil which are permanent, not to the occasional organs by which they act, and the transitory modes in which they appear.