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The Best Quotes About Royalty

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A list of the best royalty quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous royalty quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic royalty quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational royalty quotes from that same writer.

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

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

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

    Diana, Princess of Wales
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    Call me Diana, not Princess Diana.

    Diana, Princess of Wales
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    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
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    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
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    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 de Montaigne
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    There is no necessity to separate the monarch from the mob; all authority is equally bad.

    Oscar Wilde
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    Vulgarity in a king flatters the majority of the nation.

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

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

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

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

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

    Thomas Hardy
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    Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

    William Shakespeare