C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.


  • Within the hollow crown
  • That rounds the mortal temples of a king,
  • Keeps death his court; and there the antick sits,
  • Scoffing his state, and grinning at his pomp.
  • Shakespeare.

  • A crown
  • Golden in show, is but a wreath of thorns;
  • Brings dangers, troubles, cares, and sleepless nights
  • To him who wears the regal diadem,
  • When on his shoulders each man’s burden lies;
  • For therein stands the office of a king,
  • His honor, virtue, merit, and chief praise,
  • That for the public all this weight he bears.
  • Milton.