It is impossible to please all the world.

Louis XIV

The King of Spain displayed his esteem for me in a manner that I confess flattered me pleasantly when, after the death of Don Luis de Haro, he stated publicly in front of all the foreign ambassadors that he wanted to follow my example in not having a prime minister any longer.

Louis XIV

Ah, if I were not king, I should lose my temper.

Louis XIV

Whatever side I take, I know well that I shall be blamed.

Louis XIV

I am the state.

Louis XIV

There is little that can withstand a man who can conquer himself.

Louis XIV

My child, you are going to be a great king; do not imitate me in the taste I have had for building, or in that, I have had for war; try, on the contrary, to be at peace with your neighbours.

Louis XIV

Render to God what you owe him; recognize the obligations you are under to him.

Louis XIV

That’s what troubles me: I should like to suffer more for the expiation of my sins.

Louis XIV

Always follow good counsels.

Louis XIV

First feelings are always the most natural.

Louis XIV

I could sooner reconcile all Europe than two women.

Louis XIV

Laws are the sovereigns of sovereigns.

Louis XIV

Do not assess the justice of a claim by the vigour with which it is pressed.

Louis XIV

My court was divided between peace and war according to their various interests, but I considered only their reasons.

Louis XIV

Why do you weep? Did you think I was immortal?

Louis XIV

I am dying, but the state remains.

Louis XIV

You have only to see what became of my father’s will immediately after his death, and the wills of so many other kings. I know it well; but nevertheless, they have wished it; they gave me no rest nor repose, no calm until it was done.

Louis XIV

It is legal because I wish it.

Louis XIV

We can do all we wish while we live; afterward, we are less than the meanest.

Louis XIV

One king, one law, one faith.

Louis XIV

In prosperity, give thanks to God with humility and fear lest by pride you abuse God’s benefits and so offend him.

Louis XIV

Only small minds want always to be right.

Louis XIV

I hope you know there is more of me to love than a crown.

Louis XIV

The only way to avoid mistakes is to expect the worst end.

Louis XIV

If a civil word or two will render a man happy, he must be a wretch indeed who will not give them to him.

Louis XIV

Fashion is the mirror of history.

Louis XIV

Every time I appoint someone to a vacant position, I make a hundred unhappy and one ungrateful.

Louis XIV

Uncontrolled administration can turn your environment into a nightmare.

Louis XIV

The ministers of kings should learn to moderate their ambition. The higher they elevate themselves above their proper sphere, the greater the danger that they will fall.

Louis XIV

Impatience for victory guarantees defeat.

Louis XIV

I have no intention of sharing my authority.

Louis XIV

As for restitutions, to nobody in particular do I owe any, but as for those I owe to the realm, I hope in the mercy of God.

Louis XIV

Most failures come from the fear of failing.

Louis XIV

There is nothing impossible to him who will try.

Louis XIV

ভগিনীরা! চুল রগড়াইয়া জাগিয়া উঠুন, অগ্রসর হউন! মাথা ঠুকিয়া বলো মা! আমরা পশু নই; বলো ভগিনী! আমরা আসবাব নই; বলো কন্যে আমরা জড়োয়া অলঙ্কাররূপে লোহার সিন্ধুকে আবদ্ধ থাকিবার বস্তু নই; সকলে সমস্বরে বলো আমরা মানুষ।

লুই চতুর্থ

ভগিনীরা! চুল রগড়াইয়া জাগিয়া উঠুন, অগ্রসর হউন! মাথা ঠুকিয়া বলো মা! আমরা পশু নই; বলো ভগিনী! আমরা আসবাব নই; বলো কন্যে আমরা জড়োয়া অলঙ্কাররূপে লোহার সিন্ধুকে আবদ্ধ থাকিবার বস্তু নই; সকলে সমস্বরে বলো আমরা মানুষ।

লুই চতুর্থ