King Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old king quotes, king sayings, and king proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Kings are the slaves of history. Leo Tolstoy
Too many kings can ruin an army Homer
For surely a king is first a man. And so it must follow that a king does as all men do: the best he can. Cameron Dokey
The King did what all wise husbands do. He did as he was told. Toby Forward
…every King must have a fool or risk becoming the fool himself. W.H. Mitchell
There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his. Hellen Keller
Kings fight for empires, madmen for applause. John Dryden
A king may be a tool, a thing of straw; but if he serves to frighten our enemies, and secure our property, it is well enough; a scarecrow is a thing of straw, but it protects the corn. Alexander Pope
All kings is mostly rapscallions. Mark Twain
Kings in this world should imitate God, their mercy should be above their works. William Penn
Kings are like stars -- they rise and set, they have the worship of the world, but no repose. Percy Bysshe Shelley
A king that would not feel his crown too heavy for him, must wear it every day, but if he think it too light, he knoweth not of what metal it is made. John Locke
Kings ought to differ from their subjects, not in kind, but in perfection. Aristotle
To be a king and wear a crown is a thing more glorious to them that see it than it is pleasant to them that bear it. Elizabeth I
Kings are never without flatterers to seduce them, ambition to deprive them, and desires to corrupt them. Plato
He who reigns within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than a king. John Milton
Kings also sleep; but the clever ones, with one eye open, just like dolphins and whales. Mehmet Murat ildan
Every man is a king so long as he has someone to look down on. Sinclair Lewis
Kings need not raise their voices to be heard. V.E. Schwab
A king without power is an absurdity. James Monroe
Great kings began as great boys TemitOpe Ibrahim
He is a king who fears nothing, he is a king who desires nothing! Seneca The Younger
A king is a thing men have made for their own sakes, for quietness sake. Just as in a family one man is appointed to buy the meat. John Selden
You had better have one King than five hundred. Charles II
A king is a living law. Claudius
Magistrates rule by an established rotation; kings reign for life. Aristotle
The king's name is a tower of strength, which they upon the adverse party want. William Shakespeare
Kings govern by popular assemblies only when they cannot do without them. Charles James Fox
A teardrop on earth summons the King of heaven. Charles R. Swindoll
Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave. Constantin Brancusi
Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. Denis Diderot
In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. Desiderius Erasmus
Wise kings generally have wise counselors, and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one. Diogenes
I'd rather be the king of kids, than the prince of fools. Jack Black
Number one, cash is king number two, communicate number three, buy or bury the competition. Jack Welch
He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love. Khalil Gibran
Kindness and faithfulness keep a king safe, through kindness his throne is made secure. King Solomon
The king reigns but does not govern. Louis Adolphe Thiers
One weeps not save when one is afraid, and that is why kings are tyrants. Marquis De Sade
The king must die so that the country can live. Maximilien Robespierre
Time is the king of all men, he is their parent and their grave and gives them what he will and not what they crave. Pericles
I am indeed a king because I know how to rule myself. Pietro Aretino
There will be no end to the troubles of states,Or of humanity itself,Till philosophers become kings in this world,Or till those we now call kings and rulers really And truly become philosophers Plato
No reliance can be placed on the friendship of kings, nor vain hope put in the melodious voice of boys; for that passes away like a vision, and this vanishes like a dream. Saadi
Neither soldiers nor money can defend a king but only friends won by good deeds, merit, and honesty. Sallust
The enemies cannot destroy the king who has at his service the respect and friendship of the wise men who can find fault, disagree, and correct him. Thiruvalluvar
There is no man in this world without some manner of tribulation or anguish, though he be king or pope. Thomas a Kempis
He that can work is born to be king of something. Thomas Carlyle
Whoso pulleth out this sword of this stone and anvil is rightwise king born of all England. Thomas Malory
Through talk, we tamed kings, restrained tyrants, averted revolution Tony Benn
The day of the sun is like the day of a king. It is a promenade in the morning, a sitting on the throne at noon, a pageant in the evening. Wallace Stevens
That the king can do no wrong is a necessary and fundamental principle of the English constitution. William Blackstone
History has remembered the kings and warriors because they destroyed art has remembered the people because they created. William Morris
Time's glory is to command contending kings, To unmask falsehood, and bring truth to light. William Shakespeare
Like Patience gazing on kings' graves, and smiling Extremity out of act. William Shakespeare
This magistrate is not the king. The people are the king. Gouverneur Morris