King quotes

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Kings are the slaves of history. Leo Tolstoy. King quotes

Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. Denis Diderot

My Crown is in my heart, not on my head: Not deck’d with Diamonds, and Indian stones:Nor to be seen: my Crown is call’d Content, A Crown it is, that seldom Kings enjoy. William Shakespeare, King Henry VI, Part 3

No kingdom can endure two kings. Agelilaus

I know I have but the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too. Queen Elizabeth I

Too many kings can ruin an army. Homer

Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave. Constantin Brancusi

He who reigns within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than a king. John Milton

By justice a king gives a country stability. Proverbs 29:4

Those candle flames were like the lives of men. So fragile. So deadly. Left alone, they lit and warmed. Let run rampant, they would destroy the very things they were meant to illuminate. Embryonic bonfires, each bearing a seed of destruction so potent it could tumble cities and dash kings to their knees. Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

For surely a king is first a man. And so it must follow that a king does as all men do: the best he can. Cameron Dokey, The Storyteller’s Daughter: A Retelling of the Arabian Nights

He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is no royal road; you’ve got to work a good deal harder than most people want to work. Charles E. Wilson

Poor man wanna be rich; Rich man wanna be king.
And a king ain’t satisfied Till he rules everything. Bruce Springsteen

And so sepúlchred in such pomp dost lie, That kings for such a tomb would wish to die. John Milton, The Complete Poetry

The King did what all wise husbands do. He did as he was told. Toby Forward, Fireborn

A king without power is an absurdity. James Monroe

A king is a thing men have made for their own sakes, for quietness sake. John Selden

It is better to be without a king than [to have] a bad one. Chanakya

To gain everything and lose everything in the space of a moment. That is the fate of all princes destined for the throne. C.S. Pacat, Kings Rising

…every King must have a fool or risk becoming the fool himself. W.H. Mitchell

The king died and then the queen died is a story. The king died, and then queen died of grief is a plot. E. M. Forster

The King’s name is a tower of strength—strong, tall, unassailable. William Shakespeare

Power makes you a monarch, and all the fancy robes in the world won’t do the job without it. Laurell K. Hamilton

Most of the mess that is called history comes about because kings and presidents cannot be satisfied with a nice chicken and a good loaf of bread. Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution

There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his. Hellen Keller

Authority forgets a dying king. Alfred Lord Tennyson

Kings are like stars,- they rise and set, they have the worship of the world, but no repose. Percy Bysshe Shelley

Whoever controls the king, controls the kingdom. Holly Black

I am very comfortable with conflict, be it of the legal or mortal kind. My father was a mediator, a bridge maker. I am a grave maker. J.R. Ward, Lover at Last

Kings fight for empires, madmen for applause. John Dryden

I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself. Pietro Aretino

Be royal in your own fashion: act like a king to be treated. Robert Greene

The rule Of the many is not well. One must be chief In war and one the king. Homer

The blood you spill is the blood of kings,” seethed Dunyasha. “You are not fit for such a gift. Inej raised a brow and slowly wiped the blood of kings on her trousers. Leigh Bardugo, Crooked Kingdom

A king may be a tool, a thing of straw; but if he serves to frighten our enemies, and secure our property, it is well enough; a scarecrow is a thing of straw, but it protects the corn. Alexander Pope

There can be no failure to a man who has not lost his courage, his character, his self respect, or his self-confidence. He is still a King. Orison Swett Marden

What are kings, when regiment is gone, But perfect shadows in a sunshine day? Christopher Marlowe

Little by little, the old world crumbled, and not once did the king imagine that some of the pieces might fall on him. Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution

All kings is mostly rapscallions. Mark Twain

I was born into the world as the king of truth for the salvation of the world. Buddha

I am on a Royal Mission. I am in the service of the King of kings. Mary Slessor

Kings are like stars — they rise and set, they have the worship of the world, but no repose. Percy Bysshe Shelley

Kings in this world should imitate God, their mercy should be above their works. William Penn

The king must die so that the country can live. Maximilien Robespierre

Everybody must be managed. Queens must be managed. Kings must be managed, for men want managing almost as much as women, and that’s saying a good deal. Thomas Hardy, Under the Greenwood Tree

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. Willliam Shakespeare

History books say that kings and dukes and generals start wars. Don’t believe it. We start them, you and I. Every time we turn away, keep quiet, stay out of it, behave ourselves. Jennifer Donnelly, Stepsister

Ah, if I were not king, I should lose my temper. Louis XIV

Kings are not born: they are made by universal hallucination. George Bernard Shaw

There is a darkness in you. In all of us, probably. Beasts we keep chained. Ordinary men have to keep the chains strong, for if we let the beast loose then society will turn upon us with fiery vengeance. Kings though…well, who is there to turn upon them? So the chains are made of straw. It is the curse of kings, Helikaon, that they can become monsters. And they invariably do. David Gemmell, Shield of Thunder

A king that would not feel his crown too heavy for him, must wear it every day, but if he think it too light, he knoweth not of what metal it is made. John Locke

In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. Desiderius Erasmus

It’s like chess, you know. The Queen saves the King. Terry Pratchett, The Shepherd’s Crown

It is the King’s office to protect and settle the true interpretation of the Law of God within his Dominions. James I

In the privacy of my dreams, I’m a warrior. Kimberly Derting, The Essence

Kings ought to differ from their subjects, not in kind, but in perfection. Aristotle

A teardrop on earth summons the King of heaven. Charles R. Swindoll

The least we each ought to do for someone who treats us like a king or a queen is to treat them like a prince or a princess. Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Because a man plays a king superbly well does not mean that he would make a good king. Louis L’Amour, Comstock Lode

Of course, Nikolai was the liar here. But kings did what they wished; bastards did what they must. Leigh Bardugo, Rule of Wolves

To be a king and wear a crown is a thing more glorious to them that see it than it is pleasant to them that bear it. Elizabeth I

Several of them were discussing this in low tones as they waited for Halt to arrive – until they realized that he was already among them. They weren’t used to this. Kings were supposed to sweep into a room majestically – not suddenly appear without anyone seeing their arrival. John Flanagan, The Kings of Clonmel

Kings are never without flatterers to seduce them, ambition to deprive them, and desires to corrupt them. Plato

Kindness and faithfulness keep a king safe, through kindness his throne is made secure. King Solomon

One man to live in pleasure and wealth, whiles all other weap and smart for it, that is the part not of a king, but of a jailor. Sir Thomas More

A man’s a man, But when you see a king, you see the work Of many thousand men. George Eliot

The wing of the Falcon brings to the king, the wing if the crow brings him to the cemetery. Muhammad Iqbal

There’s a fine line between gossip and history, when one is talking about kings. Michelle Cooper

Fear God. Honour the King. Bible

Kings also sleep; but the clever ones, with one eye open, just like dolphins and whales. Mehmet Murat ildan

Dr. Martin Luther King is not a black hero. He is an American hero. Morgan Freeman

… alone is such a nebulous state when one is queen. Rae Carson

Never does liberty appear in a more gracious form than under a pious king. Claudianus

Kings need not raise their voices to be heard. V.E. Schwab, A Conjuring of Light

Every man is a king so long as he has someone to look down on. Sinclair Lewis

I’ve always said, if you treat yourself like a queen, you’ll attract a king. Pepa

I respect you as my king, and I respect you as my father, but I do not respect you as a man! Rebecca McKinsey

I’m hungry for knowledge. The whole thing is to learn every day, to get brighter and brighter. That’s what this world is about. You look at someone like Gandhi, and he glowed. Martin Luther King glowed. Muhammad Ali glows. I think that’s from being bright all the time, and trying to be brighter. Jay-Z

Why be a king, when you can be a god? Eminem

This light of history is pitiless; it has a strange and divine quality that, luminous as it is, and precisely because it is luminous, often casts a shadow just where we saw a radiance; out of the same man it makes two different phantoms, and the one attacks and punishes the other, the darkness of the despot struggles with the splendor of the captain. Hence a truer measure in the final judgment of the nations. Babylon violated diminishes Alexander; Rome enslaved diminishes Caesar; massacred Jerusalem diminishes Titus. Tyranny follows the tyrant. Woe to the man who leaves behind a shadow that bears his form. Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

In the land of the skunks, he who has half a nose is king. Chris Farley

The man without a country, was an orator no one could silence and no one could answer. Thomas Starr King

I was much an enemy to monarchies before I came to Europe. I am ten thousand times more so, since I have seen what they are. There is scarcely an evil known in these countries, which may not be traced to their king, as its source, nor a good, which is not derived from the small fibres of republicanism existing among them. Thomas Jefferson

Why do the Gods make kings and queens if not to protect the ones who can’t protect themselves? George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords

Great kings began as great boys. TemitOpe Ibrahim

In the country of the blind the one eyed man is king. Desiderius Erasmus

No race of kings has ever presented above one man of common sense in twenty generations. Thomas Jefferson

He is a king who fears nothing, he is a king who desires nothing! Seneca The Younger

I got different moods. Like, if I’m in a good mood, I listen to ‘Up’ by Thug. If I’m not in a good mood, I’ll listen to ‘King TROUP’ – that’s a real emotional one. Lil Uzi Vert

My first allegiance is not to a flag, a country, or a man… not to democracy, or blood; it’s to a King & a Kingdom. Derek Webb

A family on the throne is an interesting idea also. It brings down the pride of sovereignty to the level of petty life. Walter Bagehot

This is what you get when you found a political system on the family values of Henry VIII. At a point in the not-too-remote future, the stout heart of Queen Elizabeth II will cease to beat. At that precise moment, her firstborn son will become head of state, head of the armed forces, and head of the Church of England. In strict constitutional terms, this ought not to matter much. The English monarchy, as has been said, reigns but does not rule. From the aesthetic point of view it will matter a bit, because the prospect of a morose bat-eared and chinless man, prematurely aged, and with the most abysmal taste in royal consorts, is a distinctly lowering one. Christopher Hitchens

I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too. Elizabeth I

Every citizen is king under a citizen king. Favart

You had better have one King than five hundred. Charles II

I’m a King. Regardless of what I’ve been through and what I’ve done, I present myself as a King. And I get that respect from people, from everybody I deal with. I worked my whole life to establish that respect and make sure I get that respect. DMX

Until philosophers are kings, or the kings and princes of this world have the spirit and power of philosophy, and political greatness and wisdom meet in one, and those commoner natures who pursue either to the exclusion of the other are compelled to stand aside, cities will never have rest from their evils — no, nor the human race, as I believe — and then only will this our State have a possibility of life and behold the light of day. Plato

Well, what do they all amount to, these kings and captains and bishops and lawyers and such like? They just leave you in the ditch to bleed to death; and the next thing is, you meet them down there, for all the airs they give themselves. George Bernard Shaw, Saint Joan

A king is a living law. Claudius

Since God had commanded it, it was necessary that I do it. Since God commanded it, even if I had a hundred fathers and mothers, even if I had been a King’s daughter, I would have gone nevertheless. Joan of Arc

Don’t forget your great guns, which are the most respectable arguments of the rights of kings. Frederick the Great

Ah! vainest of all things Is the gratitude of kings. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I once knew a man who was heir to the throne of a great kingdom, he lived as a ranger and fought his destiny to sit on a throne but in his blood he was a king. I also knew a man who was the king of a small kingdom, it was very small and his throne very humble but he and his people were all brave and worthy conquerors. And I knew a man who sat on a magnificent throne of a big and majestic kingdom, but he was not a king at all, he was only a cowardly steward. If you are the king of a great kingdom, you will always be the only king though you live in the bushes. If you are the king of a small kingdom, you can lead your people in worth and honor and together conquer anything. And if you are not a king, though you sit on the king’s throne and drape yourself in many fine robes of silk and velvet, you are still not the king and you will never be one. C. JoyBell C.

Magistrates rule by an established rotation; kings reign for life. Aristotle

Number one, cash is king… number two, communicate… number three, buy or bury the competition. Jack Welch

I have dined with kings, I’ve been offered wings. And I’ve never been too impressed. Bob Dylan

All kings are foes of all the men they rule. Hortense Flexner

One true king knew when to step aside and give up the reins of power—to remove his crown and relinquish his kingdom—all for the sake of glimpsing, just once in a lifetime, the face of a holy child. He was the Fourth to follow the Star. His gift was a secret. The rest of his journey is unknown. Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

The king`s name is a tower of strength, which they upon the adverse party want. William Shakespeare

He played the king as if afraid someone else would play the ace. John Mason Brown

Death comes for us all. Even for kings he comes. Robert Bolt

With ravished ears The monarch hears; Assumes the god, Affects the nod, And seems to shake the spheres. John Dryden, Alexander’s Feast

If you could disagree with kings, were gods so far above? Elizabeth Bear, Range of Ghosts

Kings govern by popular assemblies only when they cannot do without them. Charles James Fox

Look to Africa, for there a king will be crowned. Marcus Garvey

Pale Death beats equally at the poor man’s gate and at the palaces of kings. Horace

Probably in most cases the greatest wisdom of a constitutional king would show itself in well-considered inaction. Walter Bagehot

The day of the sun is like the day of a king. It is a promenade in the morning, a sitting on the throne at noon, a pageant in the evening. Wallace Stevens

The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings. Robert Louis Stevenson

No kingdom on Earth can surpass the great outdoors. Tamanend

I live by this rule – breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. Suniel Shetty

You can’t govern without loving the people and without humility! Pope Francis

A king is a mortal god on earth, unto whom the living God hath lent his own name as a great honour; but withal told him, he should die like a man, lest he should be proud, and flatter himself that God hath with his name imparted unto him his nature also. John Locke

I think strong men show strength, but great men show strength tempered by compassion. Leigh Bardugo, Rule of Wolves

What I like about cities is that everything is king size, the beauty and the ugliness. Joseph Brodsky

In war, our elders may give the orders… but it is the young who have to fight. T.H. White

An unlearned king is but a crowned ass. Henry I

Your king is SUPPOSED to explode? What kind of government system is that? Jefferson Smith, Strange Places

We’re all expendable. We think the world’s going to stop when a pope dies, or a king. And then… life goes on. Sylvester Stallone

Take care of brothers and sisters who are weaker… the elderly, the sick, the hungry, the homeless and strangers, because we will be judged on this. Pope Francis

Whenever kingship approaches tyranny it is near its end, for by this it becomes ripe for division, change of dynasty, or total destruction, especially in a temperate climate … where men are habitually, morally and naturally free. Nicole Oresme

Thieves are not so bad, and killing wears all possible costumes. There is no death, no murder that is better than any other. If you can kill me, the manner hardly bears consideration. You want to kill your own father, and you think it will make your sleep easier for the next seventy years if you can say you did it honorably. But your honor is blackened by patricide, and no amount of high-sounding formalities will make it white again. Catherynne M. Valente, In the Night Garden

Wise kings generally have wise counselors, and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one. Diogenes

I wrote for ‘King of the Hill’ for three seasons. Wyatt Cenac

I have made my will; I have been tormented to do it. I have bought repose; I know the powerlessness and inutility of it. King Louis XIV

Kings are (nay were before they were Kings, since it was this qualification determined their subjects to make them Kings) as strong as so many Hercules’s; but then, as to their wisdom, or their goodness, there is not much to say. Jeremy Bentham

I`d rather be the king of kids, than the prince of fools. Jack Black

Do you think I am standing here, making this up as I go? I am sorry to disillusion you. I am not Robin Williams. I am the king of the pen. Mitch Hedberg

Every time I appoint someone to a vacant position, I make a hundred unhappy and one ungrateful. King Louis XIV

If the king is pious, the subjects become so; but if the king is vicious, the subjects become the same. If he be indifferent to both (virtue and vice), then they too bear the same character. In short, as is the king so are his subjects. Chanakya

Pour grands que soient les rois, ils sont ce que nous sommes: Ils peuvent se tromper comme les autres hommes. Pierre Corneille, Le Cid

Number one, cash is king number two, communicate number three, buy or bury the competition. Jack Welch

I am the herald of the Great King. Francis of Assisi

There is little that can withstand a man who can conquer himself. King Louis XIV

Kings ought never to be seen upon the stage. In the abstract, they are very disagreeable characters: it is only while living that they are ‘the best of kings’. It is their power, their splendour, it is the apprehension of the personal consequences of their favour or their hatred that dazzles the imagination and suspends the judgement of their favourites or their vassals; but death cancels the bond of allegiance and of interest; and seen AS THEY WERE, their power and their pretensions look monstrous and ridiculous. William Hazlitt

So I take my lover, my king, and I put him in a pedestal and I cut him down. A man, like the ones who ruined the world. Alaya Dawn Johnson, The Summer Prince

The king reigns but does not govern. Louis Adolphe Thiers

You have only to see what became of my father’s will immediately after his death, and the wills of so many other kings. I know it well; but nevertheless, they have wished it; they gave me no rest nor repose, no calm until it was done. King Louis XIV

The state of Monarchy is the supremest thing upon earth; for kings are not only God’s lieutenants upon earth and sit upon God’s throne, but even by God himself they are called gods. James I of England

The real king of the jungle is not the lion, the real king of the jungle is the jungle itself! Being a king is not just about having power! To be a true king means to offer equal beauty and opportunities to all, to protect the subjects with love, just like a forest! Mehmet Murat ildan

Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love. Khalil Gibran

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