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He who knows not how to dissimulate, can not reign. [Fr., Qui ne sait dissimuler, ne sait regner.]

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

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His fair large front and eye sublime declared Absolute rule; and hyacinthine locks Round from his parted forelock manly hung Clustering but not beneath his shoulders broad.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. IV, l. 300)

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'Tis so much to be a king, that he only is so by being so. - Michael Eyquen de Montaigne,

Michael Eyquen de Montaigne Quotes , Source: Essays--Of the Inconveniences of Greatness

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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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In good King Charles's golden days When royalty no harm meant, A zealous high-churchman was I, And so I got preferment.

Old Song Quotes , Source: Vicar of Bray, written before 1710

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Knowest thou not that kings have long hands? [Lat., An nescis longos regibus esse manus?]

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) Quotes , Source: Heroides (XVII, 166)

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It is something to hold the scepter with a firm hand. [Lat., Est aliquid valida sceptra tenere manu.]

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) Quotes , Source: Remedia Amoris (480)

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What is a king? a man condemn'd to bear The public burthen of the nation's care.

Matthew Prior Quotes , Source: Solomon (bk. III, l. 275)

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To know how to dissemble is the knowledge of kings. [Fr., Savoir dissimuler est le savoir des rois.]

Armand Jean du Plessis Duc de Richelieu Quotes , Source: Miranne

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Der Kaiser of dis Faderland, Und Gott on high all dings commands, We two--ach! Don't you understand? Myself--und Gott.

Alexander McGregor Rose (used pseudonym A.M.R. Gordon) Quotes , Source: Kaiser & Co., later called Hoch der Kaiser, published in the Montreal "Herald", Oct. 1897, after the

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When kings are building, draymen have something to do. [Ger., Wenn die Konige bau'n, haben die Karrner zu thun.]

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller Quotes , Source: Kant und Seine Ausleger

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For monarchs seldom sigh in vain.

Sir Walter Scott Quotes , Source: Marmion (canto V, st. 9)

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O Richard! O my king! The universe forsakes thee!

Michel Jean Sedaine Quotes , Source: Richard Coeur de Lion--Blondel's Song

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The throne of another is not stable for thee. [Lat., Alieno in loco Haud stabile regnum est.]

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

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Every monarch is subject to a mightier one. [Lat., Omnes sub regno graviore regnum est.]

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

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His legs bestrid the ocean: his reared arm Crested the world: his voice was propertied As all the tuned spheres, and that to friends; But when he meant to quail and shake the orb, He was as rattling thunder.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Antony and Cleopatra (Cleopatra at V, ii)

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The gates of monarchs Are arched so high that giants may jet through And keep their impious turbans on without Good morrow to the sun.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Cymbeline (Belarius at III, iii)

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There's such divinity doth hedge a king That treason can but peep to what it would, Acts little of his will.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Claudius, King of Denmark at IV, v)

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Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part II (King Henry at III, i)

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And fearless minds climb soonest unto crowns.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (Richard, Duke of Gloucester at IV, vii)

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Ay, every inch a king.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: King Lear (King Lear at IV, vi)

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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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At length her grace rose and with modest paces Came to the altar, where she kneeled, and saint-like Cast her fair eyes to heaven and prayed devoutly; Then rose again and bowed her to the people; When by the Archbishop of Canterbury She had all the royal makings of a queen, As holy oil, Edward Confessor's crown, The rod, and bird of peace, and all such emblems Laid nobly on her; which performed, the choir With all the choicest music of the kingdom Together sung 'Te Deum.' So she parted And with the same full state packed back again To York Place, where the feast is held.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Third Gentleman at IV, i)

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Every subject's duty is the king's, but every subject's soul is his own.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Life of King Henry the Fifth (King Henry at IV, i)

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The king-becoming graces, As justice, verity, temp'rance, stableness, Bounty, perseverance, mercy, lowliness, Devotion, patience, courage, fortitude, I have no relish of them, but abound In the division of each several crime, Acting in many ways.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Macbeth (Malcolm at IV, iii)

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