I learned to smoke in the kings service: he will not take offence at it.
His reply to the courtiers, who expressed their surprise at seeing him light his pipe in the waiting-room at Versailles.
When the king told him of his appointment to the command of the fleet, he exclaimed, Well done, your majesty! (Vous avez bien fait, votre majesté!) To show his contempt of their comments upon the sailors uncouth manners, the king said to his courtiers, No doubt Jean Bart does not talk like you, but who of you could act like Jean Bart?