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  • One of my professors once told me that the last official act of the British monarchy was when Queen Victoria refused to sign a law that made same-sex acts illegal. It would have made me think more highly of her, except the reason she objected was because she didn't believe women would do anything like that. Parliament rewrote the law so it was specific to men, and she signed it. A tribute to enlightenment, Queen Victoria was not. Neither, as I have observed before, are werewolf packs.
    (Patricia Briggs, "Moon Called")
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  • High school is neither a democracy nor a dictatorship - nor, contrary to popular belief, an anarchic state. High school is a divine-right monarchy. And when the queen goes on vacation, things change.
    (John Green, "Paper Towns")
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  • The aim of my life is the overthrow of monarchy.
    (Karl Liebknecht)
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  • It is hard enough luck being a monarch, without being a target also
    (Mark Twain)
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  • MONARCH, n. A person engaged in reigning. Formerly the monarch ruled, as the derivation of the word attests, and as many subjects have had occasion to learn.
    (Ambrose Bierce)
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  • Monarchy is only the string that ties the robber's bundle.
    (Percy Bysshe Shelley)
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  • An aristocracy is the true support of a monarchy.
    (Napoléon Bonaparte)
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  • I have a lack of fear, whereas in the past the fear of failure was a powerful motivator. Anyway, I have great expectations for the future, but I just don't know if I'm the monarch of all I survey.
    (Sylvester Stallone)
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  • It's a problem for him because he's got - like Edward VII had - nearly all his lifetime to wait until he becomes Monarch. What is he going to do with it? So he wants to do something positive but he always courts those dangers.
    (Anthony Holden)
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  • It is worthless to talk individually about a republican set up sitting inside a room unless people express their tremendous support for this. If the king does not accept multiparty democracy, human rights and press freedom in the country, we will say that the monarchy is not needed by us either.
    (Sushil Koirala)
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  • The world of biology is full of miracles, but nothing I have seen is as miraculous as the metamorphosis of the monarch caterpillar. Her brain is a speck of neural tissue a few millimeters long, about a million times smaller than a human brain. With this almost microscopic clump of nerve cells she knows how to manage her new legs and wings, to walk and to fly, to find her way by some unknown means of navigation over thousands of miles from Massachusetts to Mexico. How are her behavior patterns programmed first into the genes of the caterpillar and then translated into the neural pathways of the butterfly These are mysteries that biologists are far from understanding. The monarch is living proof that nature's imagination is richer than our own.
    (FREEMAN J. DYSON)
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  • If the King disregarded it, constitutional monarchy would cease to exist. The King is bound to accept and act upon the advice of his ministers ... for the King to broadcast in disregard of that advice would be appealing over the heads of his constitutional advisers.
    (Charles I)
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  • I was hoping to do an impressionist painting, but I wanted a good likeness and I wanted to create a feeling of the lady as a person, as a human being rather than as a figurehead for the monarchy and a pomp-and-circumstance sort of formal portrait. I wanted more of a relaxed portrait.
    (Rolf Harris)
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  • We stand a better chance with aristocracy, whether hereditary or elective, than with monarchy.
    (Ezra Stiles)
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  • Something as curious as the monarchy won't survive unless you take account of people's attitudes. After all, if people don't want it, they won't have it.
    (Prince Charles)
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