The more you give a king the more he wants. We are walking on a bridge of ice with an abyss on either side. Pleasing one king is difficult enough. Pleasing two is hardly possible.
The King stands for us all. To die for the King is to die for oneself, for one’s family, which, like the kingdom, cannot die.
Good kings are the only dangerous enemies that modern democracy has and when he has begun by banishing me you may be sure he intends to be a patriot.
All these kings would do a deal better if they would put down their swords and listen to their mothers.