An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





We treat our people like royalty. If you honor and serve the people who work for you, they will honor and serve you.


Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


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


Walter Bagehot (1826-1977, British economist, critic)


Royalty is a government in which the attention of the nation is concentrated on one person doing interesting actions.


Walter Bagehot (1826-1977, British economist, critic)


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 (1826-1977, British economist, critic)


The Sovereign has, under a constitutional monarchy such as ours, three rights -- the right to be consulted, the right to encourage, the right to warn. And a king of great sense and sagacity would want no others.


Walter Bagehot (1826-1977, British economist, critic)


A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


All the time I feel I must justify my existence.


Prince of Wales Charles


There is something behind the throne greater than the King himself.


William Pitt Chatham (1708 -1778, British statesman)


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-born American musician, songwriter, singer)


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-born American musician, songwriter, singer)


A monarchy is the most expensive of all forms of government, the regal state requiring a costly parade, and he who depends on his own power to rule, must strengthen that power by bribing the active and enterprising whom he cannot intimidate.


James F. Cooper (1789-1851, American novelist)


We live in what virtually amounts to a museum -- which does not happen to a lot of people.


Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921-, British Prince, husband of Queen Elizabeth II)


I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do, without the help and support of the woman I love. I now quit altogether public affairs, and I lay down my burden.


Edward VIII


Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.


Queen Elizabeth (1926-, British Queen)


I am your anointed Queen. I will never be by violence constrained to do anything. I thank God I am endued with such qualities that if I were turned out of the Realm in my petticoat I were able to live in any place in Christendom.


Elizabeth I (1533-1603, Queen of England and Ireland (1558--1603))


Though God hath raised me high, yet this I count the glory of my crown: that I have reigned with your loves. And though you have had, and may have, many mightier and wiser princes sitting in this seat; yet you never had, nor shall have any that will love you better.


Elizabeth I (1533-1603, Queen of England and Ireland (1558--1603))


Picture the prince, such as most of them are today: a man ignorant of the law, well-nigh an enemy to his people's advantage, while intent on his personal convenience, a dedicated voluptuary, a hater of learning, freedom and truth, without a thought for the interests of his country, and measuring everything in terms of his own profit and desires.


Desiderius Erasmus (c.1466-1536, Dutch humanist)


The metaphor of the king as the shepherd of his people goes back to ancient Egypt. Perhaps the use of this particular convention is due to the fact that, being stupid, affectionate, gregarious, and easily stampeded, the societies formed by sheep are most like human ones.


Northrop Frye (1912-1991, Canadian literary critic)


If God calls you to be a missionary, don't stoop to be a king.


Jordan Grooms


From his childhood onwards this boy will be surrounded by sycophants and flatterers. In due course, following the precedent which has already been set, he will be sent on a tour of the world and probably rumors of a morganatic marriage alliance will follow, and the end of it will be the country will be called upon to pay the bill.


James Keir Hardie (1856-1915, British politician)


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


Thomas Hardy (1840-1928, British novelist, poet)


The clemency of princes is often just a policy to win the affections of the people. This clemency that is usually labeled virtue often arises from vanity, sometimes from idleness, often from fear, and almost always from all three combined.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


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.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


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


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


Being a princess isn't all it's cracked up to be.


Princess Diana (1961-1997, British Princess)


I'd like to be queen of people's hearts.


Princess Diana (1961-1997, British Princess)


In every woman there is a Queen. Speak to the Queen, and the Queen will answer.


Norwegian Proverb (Sayings of Norwegian origin)


I'm glad we've been bombed. It makes me feel I can look the East End in the face.


Queen Elizabeth II (1900-2002, British Queen)


Once you touch the trappings of monarchy, like opening an Egyptian tomb, the inside is liable to crumble.


Anthony Sampson


Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Vulgarity in a king flatters the majority of the nation.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


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, American humorist, writer)


I am every day more convinced that we women, if we are to be good women, feminine and amiable and domestic, are not fitted to reign; at least it is they that drive themselves to the work which it entails.


Queen Victoria (1819-1901, British queen)


If your job is to leaven ordinary lives with elevating spectacle, be elevating or be gone.


George F. Will (1941-, American political columnist)


There is no necessity to separate the monarch from the mob; all authority is equally bad.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Here lies our Sovereign Lord, the King whose word no man relies on: He never said a foolish thing nor ever did a wise one.


John Wilmot (1647-1680, British courtier, poet)


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