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QUOTES ON KINGS


All I say is, kings is kings, and you got to make allowances. Take them all around, they're a mighty ornery lot. It's the way they're raised.

A real king's life is perhaps a hard one; but a pretended king's is, I warrant, much harder.

ANTHONY HOPE, The Prisoner of Zenda

All kings is mostly rapscallions.

A king is history's slave.

LEO TOLSTOY, War and Peace

Why, dear me, any kind of royalty, howsoever modified, any kind of aristocracy, howsoever pruned, is rightly an insult; but if you are born and brought up under that sort of arrangement you probably never find it out for yourself, and don't believe it when somebody tells you.

Royal blood alone makes not a king, but courage, and wisdom, and farsightedness.

MARION ZIMMER BRADLEY, The Mists of Avalon

Men write many fine and plausible arguments in support of monarchy, but the fact remains that where every man in a state has a vote, brutal laws are impossible.

A king must protect his people from outsiders, from invaders, and lead his people to defend themselves--a king must be the first to thrust himself between the land and all danger, just as a farmer stands to defend his fields from any robber. But it is not his duty to dictate to them what their innermost hearts may do.

MARION ZIMMER BRADLEY, The Mists of Avalon

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