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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,
        in a BBC1 television interview

And kind as kings upon their coronation day.
      - John Dryden,
        Fables--The Hind and the Panther
         (pt. I, l. 271)

A man's a man,
  But when you see a king, you see the work
    Of many thousand men.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        The Spanish Gypsy (bk. I)

Every citizen is king under a citizen king.
  [Fr., Tout citoyen est roi sous un roi citoyen.]
      - Charles Simon Favart, Les Trois Sultanes
         (II, 3)

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,
        Faust--The King of Thule,
        (Bayard Taylor's translation)

As yourselves your empires fall,
  And every kingdom hath a grave.
      - William Habington (Habbington)

As ourselves your empires fall,
  And every kingdom hath a grave.
      - William Habington (Habbington), Night

She governs but she does not reign.
  [Fr., Elle gouvernait, mais elle ne regnait pas.]
      - Charles Jean Henault, Memoirs (161),
        said of Mem. des Ursins, favorite of Philip V of Spain

The Royall Crowne cures not the head-ach.
  [The Royal Crown cures not the headache.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

The rule
  Of the many is not well. One must be chief
    In war and one the king.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. II, l. 253), (Bryant's translation)

Whenever monarchs err, the people are punished.
  [Lat., Quidquid delirant reges, plectuntur Achivi.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 2, 14)

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),

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 (James VI of Scotland),
        Sonnet Addressed to his son, Prince Henry

Though good faith should be banished from the rest of the world, it should be found in the mouths of kings.
  [Fr., Si la bonne foi etait bannie du reste du monde, il faudrait qu'on la trouvat dans la bouche des rois.]
      - Jean II ("Le Bon"),
        see "Biographie Universelle"

The trappings of a monarchy would set up an ordinary commonwealth.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Life of Milton

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, Cynthia's Revels
         (act V, sc. 3)

A prince without letters is a Pilot without eyes. All his government is groping.
      - Ben Jonson,
        Discoveries--Illiteratus Princeps

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,
        Discoveries--Illiteratus Princeps

They (Americans) equally detest the pageantry of a king and the supercilious hypocrisy of a bishop.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

Over all good things certain, this is sure indeed,
  Suffer not the old King, for we know the breed.
      - Rudyard Kipling, The Old Issue,
        in the "Five Nations"

'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, The Widow at Windsor

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, Les Caracteres (VIII)

Ah! vainest of all things
  Is the gratitude of kings.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Belisarius
         (st. 8)

He who knows not how to dissimulate, can not reign.
  [Fr., Qui ne sait dissimuler, ne sait regner.]
      - Louis XI,
        see Roche et Chasles--"Hist. de France", vol. II, p. 30

I am the State.
  [Fr., L'etat c'est moi.]
      - attributed to Louis XIV ("Le Grand")

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