„The frog-pool wanted a king.
Jove sent them Old King Log.“

—  Robert Graves, Claudius the God (1935), Context: The frog-pool wanted a king. Jove sent them Old King Log. I have been as deaf and blind and wooden as a log. The frog-pool wanted a king. Let Jove now send them Young King Stork. Caligula's chief fault: his stork-reign was too brief. My chief fault: I have been far too benevolent. I repaired the ruin my predecessors spread. I reconciled Rome and the world to monarchy again. Rome is fated to bow to another Caesar. Let him be mad, bloody, capricious, wasteful, lustful. King Stork shall prove again the nature of kings. By dulling the blade of tyranny I fell into great error. By whetting the same blade I might redeem that error. Violent disorders call for violent remedies. Yet I am, I must remember, Old King Log. I shall float inertly in the stagnant pool. Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out. Ch. 30.
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Robert Graves
britischer Schriftsteller und Dichter 1895 - 1985

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„Violent disorders call for violent remedies.
Yet I am, I must remember, Old King Log.
I shall float inertly in the stagnant pool.
Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.“

—  Robert Graves English poet and novelist 1895 - 1985
Claudius the God (1935), Context: The frog-pool wanted a king. Jove sent them Old King Log. I have been as deaf and blind and wooden as a log. The frog-pool wanted a king. Let Jove now send them Young King Stork. Caligula's chief fault: his stork-reign was too brief. My chief fault: I have been far too benevolent. I repaired the ruin my predecessors spread. I reconciled Rome and the world to monarchy again. Rome is fated to bow to another Caesar. Let him be mad, bloody, capricious, wasteful, lustful. King Stork shall prove again the nature of kings. By dulling the blade of tyranny I fell into great error. By whetting the same blade I might redeem that error. Violent disorders call for violent remedies. Yet I am, I must remember, Old King Log. I shall float inertly in the stagnant pool. Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out. Ch. 30.

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„An old, mad, blind, despised, and dying king“

—  Percy Bysshe Shelley English Romantic poet 1792 - 1822
Context: An old, mad, blind, despised, and dying king, — Princes, the dregs of their dull race, who flow Through public scorn, — mud from a muddy spring, — Rulers who neither see, nor feel, nor know, But leech-like to their fainting country cling, Till they drop, blind in blood, without a blow. English in 1819 http://www.readprint.com/work-1361/Percy-Bysshe-Shelley (1819), l. 1

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„The king [Frederic] has sent me some of his dirty linen to wash; I will wash yours another time.“

—  Voltaire French writer, historian, and philosopher 1694 - 1778
Citas, Reply to General Manstein. Voltaire writes to his niece Dennis, July 24, 1752, "Voilà le roi qui m'envoie son linge à blanchir"; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

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„This principle is old, but true as fate,—
Kings may love treason, but the traitor hate.“

—  Thomas Dekker, The Honest Whore
The Honest Whore (1604), Part i, Act iv. Sc. 4. Compare: "Cæsar said he loved the treason, but hated the traitor", Plutarch, Life of Romulus. Compare: "treason is loved of many, but the Traitor hated of all", Robert Greene, Pandosto (1588).

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„There are kings enough in England. I am nothing there. I am old and want rest and should only go to be plagued and teased there about that Damned House of Commons.“

—  George II of Great Britain British monarch 1683 - 1760
Statement made in Hanover (1755), quoted in Isaac Kramnick, Bolingbroke and His Circle: The Politics of Nostalgia in the Age of Walpole (Cornell University Press, 2018), pp. 113–114

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„Old friends are best. King James used to call for his old shoes; they were easiest for his feet.“

—  John Selden English jurist and scholar of England's ancient laws and constitution, and of Jewish law 1584 - 1654
Table Talk (1689), Friends.

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„Translation: The king is the umbrella to the people and the people are the pillars of the king.“

—  Abdul Halim of Kedah King of Malaysia 1927 - 2017
Raja adalah payung kepada rakyat dan rakyat adalah tunjang kepada raja. In comments issued through BERNAMA https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/dec/13/sultan-crowned-malaysia-king 13/12/2011

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„How you niggas want it? have it yo way burger king.“

—  Lil Wayne American rapper, singer, record executive and businessman 1982
2010s, Tha Carter IV (2011), MegaMan

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„And his hands would plait the priest's entrails,
For want of a rope, to strangle kings.“

—  Denis Diderot French Enlightenment philosopher and encyclopædist 1713 - 1784
Et ses mains ourdiraient les entrailles du prêtre, Au défaut d’un cordon pour étrangler les rois. "Les Éleuthéromanes", in Poésies Diverses (1875) Variant translation: His hands would plait the priest's guts, if he had no rope, to strangle kings. This derives from the prior statement widely attributed to Jean Meslier: "I would like — and this would be the last and most ardent of my wishes — I would like the last of the kings to be strangled by the guts of the last priest". It is often claimed the passage appears in Meslier's Testament (1725) but it only appears in abstracts of the work written by others. See the Wikipedia article Jean Meslier for details. Variant: Et des boyaux du dernier prêtre Serrons le cou du dernier roi. Let us strangle the last king with the guts of the last priest. Attributed to Diderot by Jean-François de La Harpe in Cours de Littérature Ancienne et Moderne (1840) Attributions to Diderot of similar statements also occur in various forms, i.e.: "Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest."

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