Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Quotes From The Carolean Court

King Charles I: Never make a defense or an apology until you are accused


Queen Henrietta Maria: Did you know that last night at dinner I was obliged to eat all five courses from the same plate? I've never heard of anything so disgusting.

Nell Gwynn: [after being mistaken for Charles' Catholic mistress Louise de Kéroualle] Pray good people, be civil. You are mistaken; I am the Protestant whore.

King Charles II: [on his deathbed] Be kind to Portsmouth [Louise de Kéroualle] and let not poor Nelly starve.

John Wilmot, Earl Rochester:
Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories.

King Charles II: As you intend on poetry, Rochester, why not provide it yourself?
John Wilmot, Earl Rochester:
A short epigram in your honour then, Your Majesty. "We have a pretty, witty King, Whose word no man relies on. Who never said a foolish thing, Nor ever did a wise one"
King Charles II:
Be just, Rochester. The wise words are my own, the deeds are my ministers'.


George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham: Men's fame is like their hair, which grows after they are dead, and with just as little use to them.


John Evelyn: Friendship is the golden thread that ties the heart of all the world.

3 comments:

Mirella Sichirollo Patzer said...

Oh goodness, these are hilarious. However did you find them.

Love your sense of humor.

Thanks for the belly laugh.

Anne Whitfield - author said...

They are brilliant! Well done on finding those!

Amy @ Passages to the Past said...

Those are great! I've heard the one Nell Gwyn and Charles II before, but the rest are new to me. I really love the first one, by Charles I...too funny! And the last one is sweet.

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