Monarchy Sayings and Quotes

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


The worst that can happen under monarchy is rule by a single imbecile, but democracy often means the rule by an assembly of three or four hundred imbeciles.     

Robert Anton Wilson

A monarchy is the most expensive of allforms of government, the regal staterequiring a costly parade, and he whodepends on his own power to rule, must strengthen that power by bribing the activeand enterprising whom he cannot intimidate.     

James Fenimore Cooper

The progress from an absolute to a limited monarchy, from a limited monarchy to a democracy, is a progress toward a true respect for the individual.     

Henry David Thoreau

Monarchy degenerates into tyranny, aristocracy into oligarchy, and democracy into savage violence and chaos.     

Polybius

The monarchy is a political referee, not a political player, and there is a lot of sense in choosing the referee by a different principle from the players. It lessens the danger that the referee might try to start playing.     

Conrad Russell

The monarchy is a part of the state. It exists to serve the people.     

Heather Brooke

If monarchy is corrupting - and it is - wait till you see what overt empire does to us.     

Daniel Ellsberg

The monarchy is finished. It was finished a while ago, but they're still making the corpses dance.     

Sue Townsend

An absolute monarchy is one in which the sovereign does as he pleases so long as he pleases the assassins.     

Ambrose Bierce

Monarchy hardens into despotism. Aristocracy contracts into oligarchy. Democracy expands into the supremacy of numbers.     

Lord Acton

A monarchy conducted with infinite wisdom and infinite benevolence is the most perfect of all possible governments.     

Ezra Stiles

A monarchy is like a man-of-war--bad shots between wind and water hurt it exceedingly; there is danger of capsizing. But democracy is a raft. You cannot easily overturn it. It is a wet place, but it is a pretty safe one.     

Joseph Cook

The monarchy is a labor intensive industry.     

Harold Wilson

One advantage of a monarchy is that a monarchy does not suffer the effects of having great clots of white Christians moping around simply because they aren't the king or queen.     

Calvin Trillin

In monarchy the crime of treason may admit of being pardoned or lightly punished, but the man who dares rebel against the laws of a republic ought to suffer death.     

Samuel Adams

The state of monarchy is the supremest thing upon earth: for kings are not only God's Lieutenants upon earth, and sit upon God's throne, but even by God himself they are called Gods.     

King James I

A dying monarchy is always one that has too much power, not too little; a dying religion always interferes more than it ought, not less.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

The monarchy unites us; the republic would divide us.     

Francesco Crispi

How can a monarchy be a suitable thing, which allows a man to do as he pleases with none to hold him to account. And even if you were to take the best man on earth, and put him into a monarchy, you put outside him the thoughts that usually guide him.     

Herodotus

For every monarchy overthrown the sky becomes less brilliant, because it loses a star. A republic is ugliness set free.     

Anatole France

The trappings of a monarchy would set up an ordinary commonwealth.     

Samuel Johnson

A monarchy is a merchantman which sails well, but will sometimes strike on a rock, and go to the bottom, whilst a republic is a raft which will never sink, but then your feet are always in the water.     

Fisher Ames

The right kind of monarchy is one where everybody goes about with the permanent conviction that the king can do no wrong.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton