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The foremost art of kings is the ability to endure hatred.

Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher and playwright.

Kings are not born: they are made by artificial hallucination.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

Divine right of kings means the divine right of anyone who can get uppermost.

Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) English philosopher, biologist and sociologist.

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.

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

He that can work is born to be king of something.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.


Kings fight for empires, madmen for applause.

John Dryden (1631-1700) British poet, dramatist and critic.

If you shoot at a king you must kill him.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

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

Charles James Fox (1749-1806) British statesman.

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

William Penn (1644-1718) British religious leader.

Kings have many ears and eyes.