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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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Princes that would their people should do well Must at themselves begin, as at the head; For men, by their example, pattern out Their limitations, and regard of laws: A virtuous court a world to virtue draws.

Ben Jonson Quotes , Source: Cynthia's Revels (act V, sc. 3)

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A prince without letters is a Pilot without eyes. All his government is groping.

Ben Jonson Quotes , Source: Discoveries--Illiteratus Princeps

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They say Princes learn no art truly, but the art of horsemanship. The reason is, the brave beast is no flatterer. He will throw a Prince as soon as his groom.

Ben Jonson Quotes , Source: Discoveries--Illiteratus Princeps

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Over all good things certain, this is sure indeed, Suffer not the old King, for we know the breed.

Rudyard Kipling Quotes , Source: The Old Issue, in the "Five Nations"

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'Ave you 'eard o' the Widow at Windsor With a hairy old crown on 'er 'ead? She 'as ships on the foam--she 'as millions at 'ome, An' she pays us poor beggars in red.

Rudyard Kipling Quotes , Source: The Widow at Windsor

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The court is like a palace built of marble; I mean that it is made up of very hard but very polished people. [Fr., La cour est comme un edifice bati de marbre; je veux dire qu'elle est composee d'hommes fort durs mais fort polis.]

Jean de la Bruyere Quotes , Source: Les Caracteres (VIII)

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Ah! vainest of all things Is the gratitude of kings.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes , Source: Belisarius (st. 8)

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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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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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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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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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