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The best reason why Monarchy is a strong government is, that it is an intelligible government. The mass of mankind understand it, and they hardly anywhere in the world understand any other.

Walter Bagehot (1826-1877) British economist.

A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.

Napoleon I (1769-1821) Napoleon Bonaparte. French general.

I have nothing against the Queen of England. Even in my heart I never resented her for not being Jackie Kennedy. She is, to my mind, a very gallant lady, victimized by whoever it is who designs the tops of her uniforms.

Leonard Cohen (1934-?) Canadian poet, novelist, and singer-songwriter.

Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) British politician and author.

Aspect are within us, and who seems most kingly is king.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) British novelist, short story writer, and poet.


Princes give me sufficiently if they take nothing from me, and do me much good if they do me no hurt; it is all I require of them.

Montaigne (1533-1592) French philosopher and essayist.

Majesty and love do not consort well together, nor do they dwell in the same place.

Ovid (BC 43-AD 18) Roman poet.

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

Vulgarity in a king flatters the majority of the nation.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

A monarch, when good, is entitled to the consideration which we accord to a pirate who keeps Sunday School between crimes; when bad, he is entitled to none at all.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.