Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Selected Quotations

"Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all."

Aristotle, 322-384 BC.

"To be a king and wear a crown is more glorious to them that see it than it is a pleasure to them that bear it."

Queen Elizabeth I.

"They tell us that all Kings are bad; that God never made a King; and that all Kings are very expensive. But, that all Kings are bad cannot be true: because God himself is one of them; he calls himself King of Kings; which not only shows us he is a King, but he has other Kings under him: he is never called King of Republics.  The Scripture calls Kings, the Lord’s Anointed; but who ever heard of an anointed Republic?"

Association Papers, London, 1793.

"A priest who is not a monarchist is not worthy to stand at the altar table.  The priest who is a republican is always a man of poor faith. God himself anoints the monarch to be head of the kingdom, while the president is elected by the pride of the people.  The king stays in power by implementing God’s commandments, while the president does so by pleasing those who rule.  The king brings his faithful subjects to God, while the president takes them away from God."

Neomartyr Vladimir, Metropolitan of Kiev, tortured and killed by Bolsheviks on 7th February 1918.

"The monarchical principle is laughed at by vulgar and foolish people in all the suburbs of Europe.  It is hated in all the gutters of the world.  The reason is simple.  It enshrines with a fitting dignity and elaboration the principle of authority as something independent of this or that politician.  It places it above attack.  It symbolises and consecrates an attitude of mind essential to the happiness of peoples."

D’Alvarez, Storm Over Europe, by Douglas Jerrold (1930), Chapter XII.

"Above the ebb and flow of party strife, the rise and fall of ministries, and individuals, the changes of public opinion or public fortune, the British Monarchy presides, ancient, calm and supreme within its function, over all the treasures that have been saved from the past and all the glories we write in the annals of our country."

Sir Winston Churchill.

"There is nothing about which I am more anxious than my country, and for its sake I am willing to die ten deaths, if that be possible."

Queen Elizabeth I, in 1564.

For more quotations, please visit the quotation page on the Constitutional Monarchy Association website.

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