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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Louis XIV of France on king, revolution, beauty, struggle, war, royalty, grandeur, discovery, humbleness and France.

31 Famous Quotes By Louis XIV Of France That You Should Know

Quick Facts

Famous As: King of France

Born On: September 5, 1638

Died On: September 1, 1715

Born In: Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France

Founder / Co Founder: Académie royale d'architecture, Académie Royale de Danse, Paris Opera, Royal Academy of Dance, French Academy of Sciences, Paris Opera Ballet

Died At Age: 76

Louis XIV of France was the emperor of France during the classical age. He was born in the royal family to Louis XIII but could not enjoy much of the lavish life as his father passed away when he was just four. He inherited the throne with his mother acting as his regent for the initial years. He was tutored under the Chief Minister, Cardinal Jules Mazarin, who also attained great power in the regime as he had helped the emperor during the civil war. After his death, Louis started taking his own decisions to empower absolute monarchy in the nation. He introduced various reforms including economic and fiscal, which were called as the ‘Gift of God’ by his subjects. He also aimed to develop arts and culture and supported them financially. He went on to lead his first war against Spain as his wife was deprived of inheriting her father’s regime. This war turned out to be unsuccessful and dissatisfied Louis raged the ‘Franco-Dutch War’ which went on for the next six years and proved to be a success. He further led a couple of wars, which resulted into the drain of country’s resources and made him infamous as a war lover. Here is a compilation of sayings and quotations by Louis XIV of France which have been scanned from his life. Read on the thoughts and quotes by Louis XIV of France which reflects his ambitious character.

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

Louis XIV of France

Always follow good counsels.

Louis XIV of France

Has God forgotten all I have done for Him.

Louis XIV of France

Laws are the sovereigns of sovereigns.

Louis XIV of France

First feelings are always the most natural.

Louis XIV of France

I am dying, but the state remains.

Louis XIV of France

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

Louis XIV of France

It is impossible to please all the world.

Louis XIV of France

The Pyrenees are no more.

Louis XIV of France

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

Louis XIV of France

It is legal because I wish it.

Louis XIV of France

Every time I create an appointment, I create a hundred malcontents and one ingrate.

Louis XIV of France

I am the state.

Louis XIV of France

I have made my will; I have been tormented to do it. I have bought repose; I know the powerlessness and inutility of it.

Louis XIV of France

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 of France

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

Louis XIV of France

Every time I bestow a vacant office I make a hundred discontented persons and one ingrate.

Louis XIV of France

I could sooner reconcile all Europe than two women.

Louis XIV of France

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

Louis XIV of France

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 of France

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 of France

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

Louis XIV of France

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

Louis XIV of France

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

Louis XIV of France

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

Louis XIV of France

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

Louis XIV of France

I shall see.

Louis XIV of France

First feelings are always the most natural

Louis XIV of France

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 of France

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 neighbors.

Louis XIV of France

I could sooner reconcile all Europe than two women

Louis XIV of France