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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Prince
 
A good prince does not cut out freedom’s tongue.  German.  1
A good prince is not the object of fear.  Diogenes.  2
A good prince must have a tongue, a pen and a heart.  German.  3
A great prince should have many ears and many eyes.  German.  4
A prince ought to be aware not only of his enemies, but of his flattering followers.  Dionysius.  5
A prince wants a million, a beggar but a groat.  6
A prince who would possess subjects must respect their faith.  Hindu.  7
A prince without letters is a pilot without eyes.  Ben Jonson.  8
A wise prince is covered with a bulwark of gold.  9
All are not princes who ride with the emperor.  Dutch.  10
All the virtues that a prince acquires are so many misfortunes to the wicked.  Chinese.  11
As princes fiddle, subjects must dance.  German.  12
Happy a subject when the prince is guided by justice, not his passionate will.  Massinger.  13
If the prince wants an apple, the servants take the tree.  German.  14
No prince is poor that has rich subjects.  German.  15
Princes and asses do nothing unurged.  German.  16
Princes can make knights, but not learned men.  German.  17
Princes do not think of rendering their subjects happy unless when they have nothing else to do.  Chinese.  18
Princes have long arms.  Italian.  19
Princes have long arms and many ears.  German.  20
Princes keep good reckoning; they never lose anything.  French.  21
Princes know only what they must.  German.  22
Princes or lords may flourish or may fade.  Goldsmith.  23
Princes will not be served on conditions.  French.  24
Princes use men as the husbandmen use bees.  French.  25
Subjects from princes’ crimes grow bold.  Aaron Hill.  26
The blemish of a prince who has forfeited his word can never be removed.  Chinese.  27
The hand of the prince is as great as his territory.  German.  28
The prince that is feared by many must of necessity fear many.  29
The prince who deserves the favor of Heaven should practise and honor the five virtues, charity, justice, prudence, fidelity and politeness.  Chinese.  30
The surest guard for a prince or other chief is the sincere affections of his people.  Plutarch.  31
The vices of a prince draw shoals of followers.  32
The word of a prince should never be disputed or recalled.  Timour.  33
Their power and their will are the measures princes take of right and wrong.  34
There is no prince so bad, whose favorites and ministers are not worse.  Burke.  35
They are not all princes who ride with the Czar.  36
We rise in glory as we sink in pride;
Where boasting ends, there dignity begins.  Young.
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