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St. George he was for England; St. Dennis was for France. Sing, "Honi soit qui mal y pense."

Old Song Quotes , Source: Black-letter Ballad, London, 1512

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The King is dead! Long live the King!

Julia Pardoe Quotes , Source: Life of Louis XIV (vol. III, p. 457)

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But all's to no end, for the time will not mend Till the King enjoys his own again.

Martyn Parker Quotes , Source: Upon Defacing of White-Hall

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O, how wretched Is that poor man that hangs on princes' favors! There is betwixt that smile we would aspire to, That sweet aspect of princes, and their ruin, More pangs and fears than wars or women have; And when he falls, he falls like Lucifer, Never to hope again.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Wolsey at III, ii)

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Titles are abolished; and the American Republic swarms with men claiming and bearing them.

William Makepeace Thackeray Quotes , Source: Roundabout Papers--On Ribbons

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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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'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 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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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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