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The first king was a successful soldier; He who serves well his country has no need of ancestors. [Fr., Le premier qui fut roi, fut un soldat heureux; Qui sert bien son pays, n'a pas besoin d'aleux.]

Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire) Quotes , Source: Merope (I, 3)

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Unhappy France! Unhappy King! [Fr., Malheureuse France! Malheureux roi!]

Etienne Bequet Quotes , Source: heading in the "Journal des Debats", when Charles X was driven from the throne

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The Prussian Sovereigns are in possession of a crown not be the grace of the people, but by God's grace.

Karl Otto von Schonhausen Bismarck Quotes , Source: Speech in the Prussian Parliament

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As ourselves your empires fall, And every kingdom hath a grave.

William Habington Quotes , Source: Night

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The Royall Crowne cures not the head-ach. [The Royal Crown cures not the headache.]

George Herbert Quotes , Source: Jacula Prudentum

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The first art to be learned by a ruler is to endure envy. [Lat., Ars prima regni posse te invidiam pati.]

Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) Quotes , Source: Hercules Furens (CCCLIII)

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Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

Bible Quotes , Source: Psalms (ch. CXLVI, v. 3)

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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 Quotes , Source: Miscellaneous Pieces

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I am the State. [Fr., L'etat c'est moi.]

Louis XI Quotes , Source: see Roche et Chasles--"Hist. de France", vol. II, p. 30

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He who knows how to dissimulate knows how to reign. [Fr., Qui nescit dissimulare, nescit regnare.]

Vicentius Lupanus (Vincent de La Loupe) Quotes , Source: De Magistratibus & Praefecturis Francorum (lib. I)

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In that fierce light which beats upon a throne.

Lord Alfred Tennyson Quotes , Source: Idylls of the King--Dedication (l. 26)

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And in the years he reigned; through all the country wide, There was no cause for weeping, save when the good man died. [Fr., Ce n'est que lorsqu'il expira Que le peuple, qui l'enterra pleura.]

Pierre Jean de Beranger Quotes , Source: Le Roi Yvetot, rendering of Thackeray's "King of Brentford"

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I dare be bold, you're one of those Have took the covenant, With cavaliers are cavaliers And with the saints, a saint.

Samuel Butler (1) Quotes , Source: The Tale of the Cobbler and the Vicar of Bray

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Whatever I can say or do. I'm sure not much avails; I shall still Vicar be of Bray, Whichever side prevails.

Samuel Butler (1) Quotes , Source: Tale of the Cobbler and the Vicar of Bray, in posthumous works

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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 (1) Quotes , Source: The Turn-Coat, in posthumous works

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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. [Lat., Fallitur egregio quisquis sub principe credet Servitutem. Nunquam libertas gratior extat Quam sub rege pio.]

Claudian (Claudianus) Quotes , Source: De Laudibus Stilichonis (III, 113)

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'Tis a very fine thing to be father-in-law To a very magnificent three-tailed bashaw.

George Colman ("The Younger") Quotes , Source: Blue Beard (act III, sc. 4)

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I'd like to be a queen in people's hearts but I don't see myself being Queen of this country.

Diana, Princess of Wales Quotes , Source: in a BBC1 television interview

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And kind as kings upon their coronation day.

John Dryden Quotes , Source: Fables--The Hind and the Panther (pt. I, l. 271)

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Every citizen is king under a citizen king. [Fr., Tout citoyen est roi sous un roi citoyen.]

Charles Simon Favart Quotes , Source: Les Trois Sultanes (II, 3)

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There was a king of Thule, Was faithful till the grave, To whom his mistress dying, A golden goblet gave. [Ger., Es war ein Konig in Tule Gar treu bis an das Grab, Dem sterbend seine Buhle Einen gold'nen Becher gab.]

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes , Source: Faust--The King of Thule, (Bayard Taylor's translation)

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She governs but she does not reign. [Fr., Elle gouvernait, mais elle ne regnait pas.]

Charles Jean Henault Quotes , Source: Memoirs (161), said of Mem. des Ursins, favorite of Philip V of Spain

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Whenever monarchs err, the people are punished. [Lat., Quidquid delirant reges, plectuntur Achivi.]

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) Quotes , Source: Epistles (I, 2, 14)

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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 (Helen Hunt) Quotes , Source: Coronation

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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.

James I of England Quotes , Source: Sonnet Addressed to his son, Prince Henry

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