„In the early ages of the world, according to the Scripture chronology there were no kings; the consequence of which was, there were no wars; it is the pride of kings which throws mankind into confusion.“

—  Thomas Paine, buch Common Sense

Quelle: 1770s, Common Sense (1776)

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Schriftsteller und Erfinder 1737 - 1809

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„But war's a game, which, were their subjects wise,
Kings would not play at.“

—  William Cowper, The Task

Quelle: The Task (1785), Book V, The Winter Morning Walk, Line 187.

Martin Luther Foto

„[This] adoration, too, was not the same as the worship of God. In my opinion they did not yet recognize him as God, but they acted in keeping with the custom mentioned in Scripture, according to which Kings and important people were worshiped; this did not mean more than falling down before them at their feet and honoring them.“

—  Martin Luther seminal figure in Protestant Reformation 1483 - 1546

Sermon on The Gospel for the Festival of the Epiphany, 1522.
Luther's Works, American Ed., Hans J. Hillerbrand, Helmut T. Lehmann eds., Philadelphia, Concordia Publishing House/Fortress Press, 1974, ISBN 0800603524 (Sermons II), vol. 52:198

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„I take pride as the king of illiterature.“

—  Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994

Very Ape.
Song lyrics, In Utero (1993)

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„The Macedonian people and their kings were of Greek stock“

—  J. B. Bury Irish historian and freethinker 1861 - 1927

2nd ed. (1913), p. 683 http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015026609167;view=1up;seq=725
A History of Greece to the Death of Alexander the Great (1913)
Kontext: The Macedonian people and their kings were of Greek stock, as their traditions and the scanty remains of their language combine to testify.

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„All gunners were deaf, they said. They were the kings of the battlefield and they never heard the applause.“

—  Bernard Cornwell British writer 1944

Narrator, p. 249
Sharpe (Novel Series), Sharpe's Honor (1985)

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„And, indeed, if the intellectual ability of kings and magistrates were exerted to the same degree in peace as in war, human affairs would be more orderly and settled, and you would not see governments shifted from hand to hand, and things universally changed and confused. For dominion is easily secured by those qualities by which it was at first obtained. But when sloth has introduced itself in the place of industry, and covetousness and pride in that of moderation and equity, the fortune of a state is altered together with its morals; and thus authority is always transferred from the less to the more deserving.“
Quod si regum atque imperatorum animi virtus in pace ita ut in bello valeret, aequabilius atque constantius sese res humanae haberent neque aliud alio ferri neque mutari ac misceri omnia cerneres. Nam imperium facile iis artibus retinetur, quibus initio partum est. Verum ubi pro labore desidia, pro continentia et aequitate lubido atque superbia invasere, fortuna simul cum moribus inmutatur. Ita imperium semper ad optumum quemque a minus bono transferetur.

—  Sallust Roman historian, politician -86 - -34 v.Chr

Quelle: Bellum Catilinae (c. 44 BC), Chapter II, sections 3-6; translation by Rev. John Selby Watson

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„Yeah, the world would swing if I were king.
Can I help it if I still dream time to time?“

—  Tom Petty American musician 1950 - 2017

It's Good To Be King
Lyrics, Wildflowers (1994)

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„They were more than kings, now they are less than slaves.“

—  Pierre Corneille, Sertorius

Ils etaient plus que rois; ils sont moindres qu'esclaves.
Sertorius, act III, scene i
Sertorius describes Roman citizens after they had fallen under tyranny.
Sertorius (1662)

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„He seems to have declared war on the King’s English as well as on the English king.“

—  Arthur Conan Doyle Scottish physician and author 1859 - 1930

Quelle: His Last Bow: 8 Stories

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