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     


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.     


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.     


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.     


Magistrates rule by an established rotation; kings reign for life.     


The king's name is a tower of strength, which they upon the adverse party want.     

William Shakespeare