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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),
        De Magistratibus & Praefecturis Francorum
         (lib. I)

A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.
      - Niccolo Machiavelli (Macchiavelli)

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, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IV, l. 300)

'Tis so much to be a king, that he only is so by being so.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne,
        Essays--Of the Inconveniences of Greatness

A crown! what is it?
  It is to bear the miseries of a people!
    To hear their murmurs, feel their discontents,
      And sink beneath a load of splendid care!
      - Hannah More, Daniel (pt. VI)

St. George he was for England; St. Dennis was for France.
  Sing, "Honi soit qui mal y pense."
      - Old Song, Black-letter Ballad,
        London, 1512

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, Vicar of Bray,
        written before 1710

Knowest thou not that kings have long hands?
  [Lat., An nescis longos regibus esse manus?]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Heroides
         (XVII, 166)

It is something to hold the scepter with a firm hand.
  [Lat., Est aliquid valida sceptra tenere manu.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Remedia Amoris (480)

The King is dead! Long live the King!
      - Julia Pardoe, Life of Louis XIV
         (vol. III, p. 457)

But all's to no end, for the time will not mend
  Till the King enjoys his own again.
      - Martin (Martyn) Parker,
        Upon Defacing of White-Hall

What is a king? a man condemn'd to bear
  The public burthen of the nation's care.
      - Matthew Prior, Solomon (bk. III, l. 275)

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,

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),
        Kaiser & Co.,
        later called Hoch der Kaiser, published in the Montreal "Herald", Oct. 1897, after the Kaiser's speech on the Divine Right of Kings

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,
        Kant und Seine Ausleger

For monarchs seldom sigh in vain.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Marmion (canto V, st. 9)

O Richard! O my king!
  The universe forsakes thee!
      - Michel Jean Sedaine,
        Richard Coeur de Lion--Blondel's Song

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),
        Hercules Furens (CCCLIII)

The throne of another is not stable for thee.
  [Lat., Alieno in loco
    Haud stabile regnum est.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Hercules Furens (CCCXLIV)

Every monarch is subject to a mightier one.
  [Lat., Omnes sub regno graviore regnum est.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Hercules Furens (DCXIV)

Let us sit upon the ground
  And tell sad stories of the death of kings:
    How some have been depos'd, some slain in war,
      Some haunted by the ghosts they have depos'd,
        Some poison'd by their wives, some sleeping kill'd,
          All murder'd.
      - William Shakespeare

Princes have but their titles for their glories,
  An outward honor for an inward toil;
    And, for unfelt imaginations,
      They often feel a world of restless cares.
      - William Shakespeare

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, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Cleopatra at V, ii)

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, Cymbeline
         (Belarius at III, iii)

There's such divinity doth hedge a king
  That treason can but peep to what it would,
    Acts little of his will.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Claudius, King of Denmark at IV, v)

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