Charles II of England
- Better than a play!
- On the House of Lords' debate on Lord Ross's Divorce Bill (1610), as quoted in King Charles the Second (1931) by Arthur Bryant
- He had been, he said, an unconscionable time dying; but he hoped that they would excuse it.
- As quoted in A History of England (1849) by Thomas Babington Macaulay, vol.i, ch.4, p.437
- Let not poor Nelly starve.
- If we are understood, more words are unnecessary; if we are not likely to be understood, they are useless.
Quotations about Charles II
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- If his Majesty is resolved to have my head, he may make a whistle of my arse if he pleases.
- We have a pretty witty king,
Whose word no man relies on;
He never said a foolish thing,
Nor ever did a wise one.
- John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, as quoted in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine Vol. XLIV (January - June 1857) p. 592; It is said to that this was written on the door of Charles II's bedchamber, and that on seeing it, the king replied, "This is very true: for my words are my own, and my actions are my ministers'...."