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LOUIS XIV ("LE GRAND")
French king
(1638 - 1715)

Heaven deprives me of a wife who never caused me any other grief than that of her death.
  [Fr., Le ciel me prive d'une epouse qui ne m'a jamais donne d'autre chagrin que celui de sa mort.]
      - [Wives]

I am the State.
  [Fr., L'etat c'est moi.]
      - attributed to [Royalty]

I imagined it was more difficult to die.
  [Fr., J'avais cru plus difficule de mourir.]
      - said to Madame de Maintenon [Death]

It is legal because I wish it.
      - [Legality]

Last argument of kings. [Cannon.]
  [Lat., Ultima ratio regum.]
      - order this engraved on cannon, but removed by the National Assembly, Aug. 19, 1790
        [War]

Laws are the sovereigns of sovereigns.
      - [Law]

That is fine, and I would have praised you more had you praised me less.
  [Fr., Cela est beau, et je vous louerais davantage si vous m'aviez loue moins.]
      - attributed to [Praise]

The state!--it is I!
  [Fr., L'etat!--c'est moi!]
      - attributed to [Government]

Why do you weep? Did you think I was immortal?
      - on his deathbed [Immortality]


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