Every subject's duty is the king's; but every subject's soul is his own.
William Shakespeare, Henry V (c. 1599), Act IV, scene 1, line 186.
[Magna Carta provided] “a system of checks and balances which would accord the monarchy its necessary strength, but would prevent its perversion by a tyrant or a fool.”
A man's a man. But when you see a king, you see the work of many thousand men.george eliot
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.
Americans also seem to believe that the monarchy is a kind of mediaeval hangover, encumbered by premodern notions of decorum; the reality is that the British monarchy, for good or ill, is a modern political institution perhaps the first modern political institution.
A monarch's neck should always have a noose around it. It keeps him upright.
The Monarchy...is the secret well from which the flourishing institution of British Snobbery draws its nourishment
A crown golden in show, is but a wreath of thorns. Brings dangers, troubles, cares, and sleepless nights to him who wears the regal diadem.john milton
The monarchy is a political referee, not a political player, and there is a lot of sense in choosing the referee by a different principle from the players. It lessens the danger that the referee might try to start playing.
Let us sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the death of kings. How some have been depos'd, some slain in war, some haunted by the ghosts they have depos'd. Some poison'd by their wives, some sleeping kill'd, all murder'd.william shakespeare
I believe that the royal family are a focus of patriotism, of loyalty, of affection and of esteem. That is a rare combination, and we should value it highly.
Every noble crown is, and on Earth will forever be, a crown of thorns.thomas carlyle
Who made thee a prince and a judge over us?
As yourselves your empires fall, and every kingdom hath a grave.William Habington
A prince without letters is a Pilot without eyes. All his government is groping.Ben Jonson
They say Princes learn no art truly, but the art of horsemanship. The reason is, the brave beast is no flatterer. He will throw a Prince as soon as his groom.Ben Jonson
The King is dead! Long live the King!
What is a king? A man condemn'd to bear the public burden of the nation's care.
Put not your trust in princes.
Here lies our sovereign lord, the king, whose word no man relies on. Who never said a foolish thing, and never did a wise one.
The King can do no wrong; he cannot constitutionally be supposed capable of injustice.
All Governments rest mainly on public opinion, and to that of his own subjects every wise Sovereign will look. The opinion of his subjects will force a Sovereign to do his duty, and by that opinion will he be exalted or depressed in the politics of the world.
The person of the King is by law made up of two bodies: a natural body, subject to infancy, infirmity, sickness and death; and a political body, powerful, perfect and perpetual.