A throne is the seat of state of a potentate or dignitary, especially the seat occupied by a sovereign on state occasions; or the seat occupied by a pope or bishop on ceremonial occasions. "Throne" in an abstract sense can also refer to the monarchy or the Crown itself, an instance of metonymy, and is also used in many expressions such as "the power behind the throne".
- Quotes are arranged alphabetically by author
A - F
- If we allow the consideration of heathen morality and heathen religion to absolve us from the duty of preaching the gospel we are really deposing Christ from His throne in our own souls.
- Roland Allen in: The Ministry of the Spirit: Selected Writings of Roland Allen, The Lutterworth Press, 1 June 2012, p. 37.
- Muhammadan law in its relation to women, is a pattern to European law. Look back to the history of Islam, and you will find that women have often taken leading places - on the throne, in the battle-field, in politics, in literature, poetry, etc.
- Annie Besant in:"Annie Besant The Life And Teachings Of Muhammad ( The Prophet Of Islam)", Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar, Chennai [Madras] India.
- A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.
- We read too much Shakespeare at school, and view our parliamentary politics as dynastic drama, in which an impatient crown prince frets at his long subordination and begins to scheme for the throne he knows he merits, was promised and has earned.
- Solomon sat on the throne of the LORD as king.
- 1 Chronicles 29:23
- A collective tyrant, spread over the length and breadth of the land, is no more acceptable than a single tyrant ensconced on his throne.
- Georges Clemenceau in: Hannah Arendt Antisemitism: Part One of The Origins of Totalitarianism, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 21 September 2012, p. 127.
- I kept watching until thrones were set in place and the Ancient of Days sat down. His clothing was white like snow, and the hair of his head was like clean wool. His throne was flames of fire; its wheels were a burning fire. A stream of fire was flowing and going out from before him. A thousand thousands kept ministering to him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The Court took its seat, and books were opened.
- Of course, I do have a slight advantage over the rest of you. It helps in a pinch to be able to remind your bride that you gave up a throne for her.
- Edward VIII in: Daily Bread for Your Mind and Soul: A Handbook of Transcultural Proverb and Sayings, Xlibris Corporation, 1 October 2012, 143.
- You all know the reasons which have impelled me to renounce the throne. But I want you to understand that in making up my mind I did not forget the country or the empire, which, as Prince of Wales and lately as King, I have for twenty-five years tried to serve.
- Edward VIII in: "Daily Bread for Your Mind and Soul: A Handbook of Transcultural Proverb and Sayings", p. 144.
- And the 24 elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshipped God who sits on the throne and said: “Amen! Praise Jah!” Also, a voice came from the throne and said: “Be praising our God, all you his slaves, who fear him, the small ones and the great.”
- I saw Jehovah sitting on a lofty and elevated throne, and the skirts of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were standing above him; each had six wings. Each covered his face with two and covered his feet with two, and each of them would fly about with two. And one called to the other: “Holy, holy, holy is Jehovah of armies. The whole earth is filled with his glory.
- may the LORD... make his throne greater than the throne of my lord king David.
- 1 Kings 1:36
- Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with the finest gold. There were six steps to the throne, and the top of the throne was round behind; and there were arms on either side by the place of the seat, and two lions standing beside the arms. And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps; there was not the like made in any kingdom.
- 1 Kings 10: 18-20, Jewish Publication Society of America Version
G - L
- Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts.
- Two urns on Jove's high throne have ever stood, the source of evil one, and one of good; from thence the cup of mortal man he fills, blessings to these, to those distributes ills; to most he mingles both.
- Homer in: Alexander Chalmers, Samuel Johnson The works of the English poets, from Chaucer to Cowper: including the series edited with prefaces, biographical and critical, J. Johnson, 1810, p. 156.
- Can we believe that the real God, if there is one, ever ordered a man to be killed simply for making hair oil, or ointment? We are told in the thirtieth chapter of Exodus, that the Lord commanded Moses to take myrrh, cinnamon, sweet calamus, cassia, and olive oil, and make a holy ointment for the purpose of anointing the tabernacle, tables, candlesticks and other utensils, as well as Aaron and his sons; saying, at the same time, that whosoever compounded any like it, or whoever put any of it on a stranger, should be put to death. In the same chapter, the Lord furnishes Moses with a recipe for making a perfume, saying, that whoever should make any which smelled like it, should be cut off from his people. This, to me, sounds so unreasonable that I cannot believe it. Why should an infinite God care whether mankind made ointments and perfumes like his or not? Why should the Creator of all things threaten to kill a priest who approached his altar without having washed his hands and feet? These commandments and these penalties would disgrace the vainest tyrant that ever sat, by chance, upon a throne.”
- To the abundance of the princely rule and to peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and upon his Kingdom in order to establish it firmly and to sustain it by means of justice and by means of righteousness, from now on and to time indefinite. The very zeal of Jehovah of armies will do this.
- Isaiah 9:7, New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures
- That feminine fancy, a will of your own,
Is a luxury wholly denied to a throne ;
- Letitia Elizabeth Landon Fisher's Drawing Room Scrap Book, 1832 (1831) 'The Princess Victoria'
- Truth forever on the scaffold,
Wrong forever on the throne.
Yet that scaffold sways the future
And behind the dim unknown
Standeth God within the shadows,
Keeping watch above his own.
- James Russell Lowell in: Martin Luther King (Jr.), et al., The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr: Threshold of a new decade, January 1959-December 1960, University of California Press, 1 January 2005, p. 413.
M - R
- On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.
- Michel de Montaigne in: Lead with Wisdom: How Wisdom Transforms Good Leaders into Great Leaders , John Wiley & Sons, 16 December 2013, p. 116.
- Whence are you certain that ye Ancient of Days is Christ? Does Christ anywhere sit upon ye Throne?
- And whenever the living creatures offer glory and honor and thanksgiving to the one seated upon the throne, the one that lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before the One seated upon the throne and worship the One that lives forever and ever, and they cast their crowns before the throne, saying: “You are worthy, Jehovah, even our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power, because you created all things, and because of your will they existed and were created.”
- And I saw, and I heard a voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders, and the number of them was myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands ...
- All the angels were standing around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell facedown before the throne and worshipped God, saying: “Amen! Let the praise and the glory and the wisdom and the thanksgiving and the honor and the power and the strength be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”
- It is more honorable to be raised to a throne than to be born to one. Fortune bestows the one, merit obtains the other.
- Petrarch in: Jacques François Paul Aldonce de Sade, Suzannah Dobson The Life Of Petrarch: Collected From Memoires Pur La Vie De Petrarch, By Mrs. Dobson : In Two Volumes, Volume 2, Maiden, 1799, p. 102.
- The Nights:
Oh, the summer night,
Has a smile of light,
And she sits on a sapphire throne.
While the sweet winds load her
with garlands of odour,
From the bud to the rose of o’verblown
- The mistake of the West was to put the Sauds on the throne of Saudi Arabia and give them control of the world's oil fortune, which they then used to propagate Wahhabi Islam.
S - Z
- Alieno in loco
Haud stabile regnum est.
- The throne of another is not stable for thee.
- Seneca the Younger, Hercules Furens, CCCXLIV.
- Kindness and faithfulness keep a king safe, through kindness his throne is made secure.
- Solomon in: Edward Kardos Zen Master Next Door: PArables for Enlightened Everyday Living, Green Dragon Books, 1 March 2012, p. 124.
- Never be a servant in your heart. To work is nothing; the king on his throne, the priest kneeling before the Holy Altar, all people in all places had to work, but no person at all need be a servant.
- The day of the sun is like the day of a king. It is a promenade in the morning, a sitting on the throne at noon, a pageant in the evening.
- In that fierce light which beats upon a throne.
- They say that man is mighty,
He governs land and sea;
He wields a mighty scepter
O'er lesser powers than he;
But a mighty power and stronger,
Man from his throne hath hurled,
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.
- William Ross Wallace.
- What rules the World? (also known by The Hand That Rocks The Cradle Is The Hand That Rules The World) reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed (1919).
- The love of Christ reaches to the very depths of earthly misery and woe, or it would not meet the case of the veriest sinner. It also reaches to the throne of the eternal, or man could not he lifted from his degraded condition, and our necessities would not be met, our desires would be unsatisfied.
- Hail to the crown by Freedom shaped—to gird
An English sovereign's brow! and to the throne
Whereon he sits! whose deep foundations lie
In veneration and the people's love.
- William Wordsworth, The Excursion (1814), Book IV.
- You can build a throne with bayonets, but you can't sit on it for long.
- Boris Yeltsin in: Steve Romaine Soldier of Fortune 500: A Management Survival Guide for the Consulting Wars, Prometheus Books, p. 155.