Good kings are slaves, and their people are free (Les bons rois sont esclaves, et leurs peuplex sont libres).
The maxims of the amiable but neglected wife of Louis XV., if acted upon, might have averted or postponed the French Revolution. The treasures of the state, she said, are not ours: we have no right to spend in arbitrary gifts the money earned by the artisan and the laborer.
It is better to listen to those who cry to us from afar, Solace our misery, than to those who whisper in our ears, Increase our fortunes (Il vaut mieux écouter ceux qui nous crient de loin, soulagez notre misère, que ceux qui nous disent à loreille, augmentez notre fortune).
If there were no little people in the world, we should not be great; and we ought not to be great except for their sakes (Nous ne serions pas grands sans les petits; nous ne devons lêtre que pour eux).