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- Ten poor men sleep in peace on one straw heap, as Saadi sings,
But the immensest empire is too narrow for two kings.
- William R. Alger, "Elbow Room", Poetry of the Orient (1865), p. 188.
- KING, n. A male person commonly known in America as a "crowned head," although he never wears a crown and has usually no head to speak of.
- In those ancient days, when the good destinies had been decreed, and after An and Enlil had set up the divine rules of heaven and earth, then ... Enki, the master of destinies, ... founded cities and settlements throughout the earth, and made the black-headed multiply. He provided them with a king as shepherd, elevating him to sovereignty over them; the king rose as the daylight over the foreign countries.
- Et ses mains ourdiraient les entrailles du prêtre,
Au défaut d’un cordon pour étrangler les rois.
- Translation: His hands would plait the priest's guts, if he had no rope, to strangle kings.
- Denis Diderot, "Les Éleuthéromanes", Poésies Diverses (1875), p. 16. Another frequently cited version is, "Et des boyaux du dernier prêtre / Serrons le cou du dernier roi" (translation: "Let us strangle the last king with the guts of the last priest"), attributed to Diderot by Jean-François de La Harpe, Cours de Littérature Ancienne et Moderne (1840), vol. 3, book 4, chapter 3, p. 415.
- And kind as kings upon their coronation day.
- John Dryden, Fables, The Hind and the Panther (1687), Part I, line 271.
- A man's a man,
But when you see a king, you see the work
Of many thousand men.
- George Eliot, Spanish Gypsy (1868), Book I.
- The so-called British Empire was a manifest of the world - around misconception of who ran things and a disclosure of the popular ignorance of the Great Pirates’ absolute world-controlling through their local-stooge sovereigns and their prime ministers, as only innocuously and locally modified here and there by the separate sovereignties’ internal democratic processes... The British Isles lying off the coast of Europe constituted in effect a fleet of unsinkable ships and naval bases commanding all the great harbors of Europe. Those islands were the possession of the topmost Pirates.
- What happened at the time of Leonardo and Galileo was that mathematics was so unproved by the advent of the zero that not only was much more scientific shipbuilding made possible but also much more reliable navigation. Immediately thereafter truly large-scale venturing on the world’s oceans commenced, and the strong sword-leader patrons as designing their new and more powerful world-girdling ships...The topmost Great Pirates... developed the comprehensive strategy for running the world for a century to come.
- The Great Pirate came into each of the various lands where he either acquired or sold goods profitably and picked the strongest man there to be his local head man... If the Great Pirate's local strong man in a given land had not already done so, the Great Pirate told him to proclaim himself king... the Great Pirate allowed and counted upon his king-stooge to convince his countrymen that he, the local king, was indeed the head man of all men -the god—ordained ruler. To guarantee that sovereign claim the Pirates gave their stooge-kings secret lines of supplies which provided everything required to enforce the sovereign claim. The more massively bejewelled the king’s gold crown, and the more visible his court and castle, the less visible was his pirate master. Ch. II, Origins of specialization
- The Great Pirate [ruled]... And when the next bright boy was brought before him the King was to say, “I’m going to make you my Royal Treasurer,” and so forth... Then the Pirate said to the king, “You will finally say to all of them: ‘But each of you must mind your own business or off go your heads. I’m the only one who minds everybody’s business ”... This is the way schools began — as the royal tutorial schools. You realize, I hope, that I am not being facetious. That is it. This is the beginning of schools and colleges and the beginning of intellectual specialization.
- The metaphor of the king as the shepherd of his people goes back to ancient Egypt. Perhaps the use of this particular convention is due to the fact that, being stupid, affectionate, gregarious and easily stampeded, the societies formed by sheep are most like human ones.
- In your opinion, India means its few princes. To me it means its teeming millions on whom depends the existence of its princes and our own. Kings will always use their kingly weapons. To use force is bred in them. They want to command, but those who have to obey commands do not want guns: and these are in a majority throughout the world.
- Mohandas Gandhi, Chapter XVII, Hind Swaraj, 1909. Quoted in Mahatma Gandhi : The Essential Writings, edited by Judith M. Brown. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. (p.321)
- The king's might is greater than human, and his arm is very long.
- The state of Monarchy is the supremest thing upon earth; for kings are not only God's lieutenants upon earth and sit upon God's throne, but even by God himself they are called gods.
- James I of England, speech to Parliament at Whitehall (21 March 1609), from Political Works of James I.
- No bishop, no king.
- James I of England, (1566–1625)". BBC. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
- Great Britain is a republic with a hereditary president, while the United States is a monarchy with an elective king.
- The Knoxville Journal 9 Feb 1896, Quoted in "The Politics of American Foreign Policy" by Peter Heys Gries p 170
- According to my judgement, the French Revolution and the doings of Napoleon opened the eyes of the world. The nations knew nothing before and the people thought that kings were gods upon the earth and that they were bound to say that whatever they did as well done.
- Theodoros Kolokotronis (1770-1843) Kolokotronis Memoirs, edited by Georgios Tertsetis
- Those arguments that are made, that the inferior race are to be treated with as much allowance as they are capable of enjoying; that as much is to be done for them as their condition will allow. What are these arguments? They are the arguments that kings have made for enslaving the people in all ages of the world. You will find that all the arguments in favor of kingcraft were of this class; they always bestrode the necks of the people, not that they wanted to do it, but because the people were better off for being ridden. That is their argument, and this argument of the Judge is the same old serpent that says you work and I eat, you toil and I will enjoy the fruits of it. Turn in whatever way you will—whether it comes from the mouth of a King, an excuse for enslaving the people of his country, or from the mouth of men of one race as a reason for enslaving the men of another race, it is all the same old serpent.
- Abraham Lincoln, speech at Chicago, Illinois, July 10, 1858; in Roy P. Basler, ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (1953), vol. 2, p. 500
- It is the eternal struggle between these two principles — right and wrong — throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time; and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity, and the other the divine right of kings. It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself. It is the same spirit that says, "You toil and work and earn bread, and I'll eat it." No matter in what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle.
- Abraham Lincoln, seventh and Last Joint Debate with Stephen A. Douglas, at Alton, Illinois (15 October 1858)
- The most beautiful monuments of Athens belong to the century of Pericles. In Rome, what writers were produced under the Republic? Only Plautus and Terence. Lucretius, Sallust, and Cicero saw the Republic die. Then came the century of Augustus when the nation was all that it could be by way of talents. The arts, in general, need a king; they only flourish under the influence of sceptres. Even in Greece, the only country were they flourished in the milieu of a republic, Lysippos and Apelles worked for Alexander. Aristotle owed to Alexander’s generosity the means to compose his history of animals; and, after the death of this monarch, the poets, scholars, and artists went to look for protection and rewards in the courts of his successors.
- Joseph de Maistre, Against Rousseau (1795), p. 179
- The king was probably... a good father and husband, and, according to his lights, what is commonly called “decent”. However, those lights and that decency are not our pacifist conception of goodness... The most astonishing assertion in the whole of this astonishing tribute is [when] the writer salutes “this Royal example of non-violent self-dedication”. Can it be that your correspondent in a moment of mental aberration confused his late Majesty King George VI with the late Mahatma Gandhi ? God save the people!
- Kings lack the caution of common men.
- George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones, Daenerys (I)—Viserys & Illyrio
- When you have seen your kings shit over the rail and turn green in a storm, it was hard to bend the knee and pretend they were gods.
- George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings, Theon (I)
- Kings have no friends, only subjects and enemies.
- George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings, Catelyn (III)
- We will not attempt any alliances with kings. We will not delude ourselves that we can remain free by relying on international treaties and diplomatic tricks. We will not beg for our wellbeing via the protocols of conferences or the promise of monarchic cabinet ministers...Therefore, listen Italian People: we will deal only with other peoples, never with kings.
- Giuseppe Mazzini, On the Superiority of Representative Government. 1832. Quoted in Mark Mazower, Governing The World: The History of An Idea. Penguin Books, 2012.
- A king is a king, not because he is rich and powerful, not because he is a successful politician, not because he belongs to a particular creed or to a national group. He is King because he is born. And in choosing to leave the selection of their head of state to this most common denominator in the world- the accident of birth- Canadians implicitly proclaim their faith in human equality; their hope for the triumph of nature over political manoeuvre, over social and financial interest; for the victory of the human person.
- Jacques Monet, in "The Canadian Monarchy" in The West and the Nation : Essays in Honour of W. L. Morton (1976), edited by Ramsay Cook, and Carl Berger. p. 324.
- Since absolutely no-one is born a king, no-one is a king in himself, and no-one can rule without a people.
- A king born is better than one made. The best person will not be able to endure such an elevation without changing. Those who are born to it do not falter nor are they overwhelmed by such a position.
- Novalis, "Faith and Love; or, the King and the Queen" (1798) in Novalis Schriften, Volume 2 (1907), p. 149
- The king is the true life principle of the state; just like the sun in the planetary system. First of all, the supreme life in the state generates the atmosphere of light around the life principle. It crystallizes in every citizen to a greater or lesser degree. The citizen's speech in the presence of the king become as shining and thus poetic as possible, or become expressions of the greatest inspiration.
- Novalis, "Faith and Love; or, the King and the Queen" (1798) in Novalis Schriften, Volume 2 (1907), p. 150
- The king is a higher man to whom an earthly fate is given. This poetry imposes itself on a person necessarily. It alone satisfies a higher longing in his nature.
- Novalis, "Faith and Love; or, the King and the Queen" (1798) in Novalis Schriften, Volume 2 (1907), p. 151
- But there is another and great distinction for which no truly natural or religious reason can be assigned, and that is the distinction of men into KINGS and SUBJECTS. Male and female are the distinctions of nature, good and bad the distinctions of Heaven; but how a race of men came into the world so exalted above the rest, and distinguished like some new species, is worth inquiring into, and whether they are the means of happiness or of misery to mankind.
- Hideux dans leur apothéose
Les rois de la mine et du rail
Ont-ils jamais fait autre chose
Que dévaliser le travail ?
Dans les coffres-forts de la bande
Ce qu'il a créé s'est fondu
En décrétant qu'on le lui rende
Le peuple ne veut que son dû.
- Les rois nous saoulaient de fumées
Paix entre nous, guerre aux tyrans
- Savoir dissimuler est le savoir des rois.
- Deception is the knowledge of kings.
- Cardinal Richelieu, “Maxims,” Testament Politique (1641)
- A king asked a holy man, “Do you remember about me?” The holy man answered, “Yes, I think about you when I forget about God.”
- Muslih-ud-din Saadi, cited in Leo Tolstoy, A Calendar of Wisdom, P. Sekirin, trans. (1997)
- There's such divinity doth hedge a king,
That treason can but peep to what it would.
- Every subject's duty is the king's; but every subject's soul is his own.
- The king-becoming graces,
As justice, verity, temperance, stableness,
Bounty, perseverance, mercy, lowliness,
Devotion, patience, courage, fortitude,
I have no relish of them.
- A substitute shines brightly as a king
Until a king be by, and then his state
Empties itself, as doth an inland brook
Into the main waters.
- Let us sit upon the ground
And tell sad stories of the death of kings:
How some have been depos'd, some slain in war,
Some haunted by the ghosts they have depos'd,
Some poison'd by their wives, some sleeping kill'd;
- Yet looks he like a king; behold, his eye,
As bright as is the eagle's, lightens forth
- The king's name is a tower of strength,
Which they upon the adverse party want.
- It is certain, higher powers are not to be resisted; but some persons in power may be resisted. The powers are ordained of God; but kings commanding unjust things are not ordained of God to do such things.
- The king is a lion.
- In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed. And this kingdom will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it alone will stand forever, just as you saw that out of the mountain a stone was cut not by hands, and that it crushed the iron, the copper, the clay, the silver, and the gold. The Grand God has made known to the king what will happen in the future. The dream is true, and its interpretation is trustworthy.
- Fear God. Honour the King.
- Have you beheld a man skillful in his work? Before kings is where he will station himself; he will not station himself before commonplace men.
- Who is like the wise man? Who knows the solution to a problem? A man’s wisdom lights up his face and softens his stern appearance. I say: “Obey the king’s orders out of regard for the oath to God. Do not rush to depart from his presence. Do not take a stand for anything bad; for he can do whatever he pleases, because the word of the king is absolute; who can say to him, ‘What are you doing?
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 682-86.
- Malheureuse France! Malheureux roi!
- Unhappy France! Unhappy king!
- Étienne Béquet. Heading in the Journal des Débats, when Charles X. was driven from the throne.
- Ce n'est que lorsqu'il expira
Que le peuple, qui l'enterra, pleura.
- And in the years he reigned; through all the country wide,
There was no cause for weeping, save when the good man died.
- Pierre-Jean de Béranger, Le Roi Yvetot. Rendering of Thackeray, King of Brentford.
- And in the years he reigned; through all the country wide,
- Der König herrscht aber regiert nicht.
- The king reigns but does not govern.
- Otto von Bismarck, in a debate in the Reichstag (Jan. 24, 1882). He denied the application of this maxim to Germany.
- That the king can do no wrong is a necessary and fundamental principle of the English constitution.
- William Blackstone, Book III, Chapter XVII.
- The king never dies.
- William Blackstone, Commentaries, IV. 249.
- I loved no King since Forty One
When Prelacy went down,
A Cloak and Band I then put on,
And preached against the Crown.
- Samuel Butler, The Turn-Coat. In Posthumous Works.
- God bless the King—I mean the faith's defender;
God bless (no harm in blessing) the pretender;
But who the pretender is, or who is King—
God bless us all—that's quite another thing.
- John Byrom, Miscellaneous Pieces.
- Fallitur egregio quisquis sub principe credet
Servitutem. Nunquam libertas gratior extat
Quam sub rege pio.
- That man is deceived who thinks it slavery to live under an excellent prince. Never does liberty appear in a more gracious form than under a pious king.
- Claudianus, De Laudibus Stilichonis, III. 113.
- Now let us sing, long live the king.
- William Cowper, History of John Gilpin.
- Tout citoyen est roi sous un roi citoyen.
- Every citizen is king under a citizen king.
- Favart—Les Trois Sultanes, II. 3.
- Es war ein König in Tule
Gar treu bis an das Grab,
Dem sterbend seine Buhle
Einen gold'nen Becher gab.
- The rule
Of the many is not well. One must be chief
In war and one the king.
- Homer, The Iliad, Book II, line 253. Bryant's translation.
- On the king's gate the moss grew gray;
The king came not. They call'd him dead;
And made his eldest son, one day,
Slave in his father's stead.
- Helen Hunt Jackson, Coronation.
- God gives not kings the stile of Gods in vaine,
For on his throne his sceptre do they sway;
And as their subjects ought them to obey,
So kings should feare and serve their God againe.
- King James, Sonnet Addressed to his son, Prince Henry.
- Si la bonne foi était bannie du reste du monde, il faudrait qu'on la trouvât dans la bouche des rois.
- Though good faith should be banished from the rest of the world, it should be found in the mouths of kings.
- Jean II; see Biographie Universelle.
- Over all things certain, this is sure indeed,
Suffer not the old King, for we know the breed.
- Rudyard Kipling, The Old Issue, In the Five Nations.
- Ah! vainest of all things
Is the gratitude of kings.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Belisarius, Stanza 8.
- 'Tis so much to be a king, that he only is so by being so.
- Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Of the Inconveniences of Greatness.
- An nescis longos regibus esse manus?
- Knowest thou not that kings have long hands?
- Ovid, Heroides, XVII. 166.
- The King is dead! Long live the King!
- Pardoe—Life of Louis XIV, Volume III, p. 457.
- But all's to no end, for the times will not mend
Till the King enjoys his own again.
- Martin Parker. Upon Defacing of White-Hall. (1645).
- What is a king? a man condemn'd to bear
The public burthen of the nation's care.
- Matthew Prior, Solomon, Book III, line 275.
- Savoir dissimuler est le savoir des rois.
- To know how to dissemble is the knowledge of kings.
- Richelieu, Miranne.
- Here lies our sovereign lord, the king,
Whose word no man relies on,
Who never said a foolish thing,
And never did a wise one.
- Rochester. To Charles II. "That is very true, for my words are my own. My actions are my minister's." Answer of Charles II, according to the account in Hume's History of England, VIII, p. 312.
- Here lies our mutton-looking king,
Whose word no man relied on,
Who never said a foolish thing,
Nor ever did a wise one.
- Another version of Rochester's Epitaph on Charles II, included in works of Quarles.
- Wenn die Könige bau'n, haben die Kärmer zu thun.
- When kings are building, draymen have something to do.
- Friedrich Schiller, Kant und Seine Ausleger.
- O Richard! O my king!
The universe forsakes thee!
- Michel Jean Sedaine, Richard Cœur de Lion. Blondel's Song.
- Kings are like stars—they rise and set, they have
The worship of the world, but no repose.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, Hellas, Mahmud to Hassan, line 195.
- Hener was the hero-king,
Heaven-born, dear to us,
Showing his shield
A shelter for peace.
- Esaias Tegnér, Fridthjof's Saga, Canto XXI, Stanza 7.
- Le roi règne, il ne gouverne pas.
- The king reigns but does not govern.
- Thiers. In an early number of the National, a newspaper under the direction of himself and his political friends six months before the dissolution of the monarchy. July 1, 1830. Jan Zamoyski, in the Polish and Hungarian Diets.
- Le premier qui fut roi, fut un soldat heureux;
Qui sert bien son pays, n'a pas besoin d'aïeux.
- The first king was a successful soldier;
He who serves well his country has no need of ancestors.
- Voltaire, Mérope. I. 3.
- The first king was a successful soldier;
The Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904)
- Quotes reported in James William Norton-Kyshe's The Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904), p. 224-226. Text online.
- Let kings be as David was, men after God's own heart, yet they will not want a Shimei to rail on them.
- Finch, L.C.J., Hampden's Case (1637), 3 How. St. Tr. 1232.
- The King can do no wrong; he cannot constitutionally be supposed capable of injustice.
- Sir John Nicholl, Goods of King George HI., deceased (1822), 1 St. Tr. (N. S.) 1287.
- An hiatus in government is so detested and abhorred, that the law says, "the King never dies," that there may never be a "cesser" of regal functions for a moment.
- Wilmot, L.C.J., Case of John Wilkes (1763), 19 How. St. Tr. 1130.
- A people whom Providence hath cast together into one island or country are in effect one great body politic, consisting of head and members, in imitation of the body natural, as is excellently set forth in the statute of appeals, made 24 H. 8, c. 12, which stiles the King the supreme head, and the people a body politic (these are the very words), compact of all sorts and degrees of men, divided into spirituality and temporality. And this body never dies.
- Sir Robert Atkyns, L.C.B., Trial of Sir Edward Hales (1686), 11 How. St. Tr. 1204.
- It is true that the King never dies; the demise is immediately followed by the succession; there is no interval: the Sovereign always exists; the person only is changed.
- Lord Lyndhurst, Viscount Canterbury v. Att.-Gen. (1843), 1 Phill. 322.
- As a subject sues by attorney, so does the King; with a little variation of form, from decency: instead of saying, "The King sues by," it is said, "sues for the King"; and yet, "Coram domino rege venit dominus rex per attornatum suum, et inde producit seetam," was held to be good. Hale, Chief Justice, said, it was but an unmannerly way of declaring for the King.
- Lord Mansfield, Case of John Wilkes (1763), 19 How. St. Tr. 1102.
- "The King sues by his attorney," or "the attorney sues for the King," are only different forms of expressing the same thing. It is equally good either way, as appears by the cases in 2 Lev. 82, and 3 Keb. 127; and no legal reason, but good manners and decency, as Lord Hale calls it, have given the preference of one form to another. It is the King, who, by his attorney, gives the Court to understand and be informed of the fact complained of.
- Wilmot. L.C.J., Case of John Wilkes (1763), 19 How. St. Tr. 1128.
- The person of the King is by law made up of two bodies: a natural body, subject to infancy, infirmity, sickness and death; and a political body, powerful, perfect and perpetual.
- Bagshaw, Rights of the Crown of England, 29
- Menial servants attending the King must undoubtedly be privileged.
- Lord Ellenborough, C.J., Batson v. McLean (1815), 2 Chitt. Rep. 52.
- Compassing the death of the King is a legal conclusion from facts. So it is, almost, as to every other offence.
- Lord Mansfield, Foxcroft v. Devonshire (1759), 2 Burr. Part IV. 937.