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A crown, golden in show, is but a wreath of thorns; brings danger, troubles, cares, and sleepless nights, to him who wears a regal diadem.

A sovereign's great example forms a people; the public breast is noble or vile as he inspires it.

All precepts concerning kings are comprehended in these: remember thou art a man; remember thou art God's vicegerent.

Happy the kings whose thrones are founded on their people's hearts.

He on whom Heaven confers a sceptre knows not the weight till he bears it.

He who reflects attentively upon the duties of a king, trembles at the sight of a crown.

Implements of war and subjugation are the last arguments to which kings resort.

In sovereignty it is a most happy thing not to be compelled, but so it is a most miserable thing not to be counselled.

It is the misfortune of kings that they scarcely ever do the good they have a mind to do; and through surprise, and the insinuations of flatterers, they often do the mischief they never intended.

Kings wish to be absolute, and they are sometimes told that their best way to become so is to make themselves beloved by the people. This maxim is doubtless a very admirable one, and in some respects true; but unhappily it is laughed at in court.

Kings' titles commonly begin by force, which time wears off and mellows into right; and power which in one age is tyranny is ripened in the next to true succession.

Kings, in this chiefly, should imitate God; their mercy should be above all their works.

Loyalty consists not in vain pomp, but in great virtues.

One of the strongest natural proofs of the folly of hereditary right in kings is, that nature disapproves it; otherwise she would not so frequently turn it into ridicule by giving mankind an ass in place of a lion.

Princes are never without flatterers to seduce them; ambition to deprave them; and desires to corrupt them.

The example of a vicious prince will corrupt an age, but that of a good one will not reform it.

The king is but a man, as I am; the violet smells to him as it doth to me; the element shows to him as it doth to me; all his senses have but human conditions; his ceremonies laid by, in his nakedness he appears but a man; and though his affections are higher mounted than ours, yet when they stoop, they stoop with the like wing.

The king who delegates his power to other's hands but ill deserves the crown he wears.

The king will best govern his realm who reigneth over his people as a father doth over his children.

The kingdom of God is the only absolute monarchy that is free from despotism.

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