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.
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