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COURTIERS
[ Also see Ancestry Aristocracy Ceremony Court Flattery Gallantry Kings Nobility Royalty ]

To laugh, to lie, to flatter to face,
  Foure waies in court to win men's grace.
      - Roger Ascham, Schoolmaster

The chief requisites for a courtier are a flexible conscience and an inflexible politeness.
      - Lady Marguerite Blessington, Countess of Blessington

A mere court butterfly,
  That flutters in the pageant of a monarch.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Sardanapalus (act V, sc. 1)

To shake with laughter ere the jest they hear,
  To pour at will the counterfeited tear;
    And, as their patron hints the cold or heat,
      To shake in dog-days, in December sweat.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        London (l. 140)

I am no Courtier, no fawning Dog of State,
  To lick and kiss the Hand that buffets me:
    Nor can I smile upon my Guest, and praise
      His Stomach, when I know he feeds on Poison,
        And Death disguis'd sits grinning at my Table.
      - Dr. George Sewell

Not a courtier, although they wear their faces to the bent of the king's looks, hath a heart that is not glad at the thing they scowl at.
      - William Shakespeare

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,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Wolsey at III, ii)

At the throng'd levee bends the venal tribe:
  With fair but faithless smiles each varnish'd o'er,
    Each smooth as those that mutually deceive,
      And for their falsehood each despising each.
      - James Thomson (1), Liberty (pt. V, l. 190)


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