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Quotations From JAMES VI OF SCOTLAND JAMES I OF ENGLAND


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  • The state of monarchy is the supremest thing upon earth: for kings are not only God's Lieutenants upon earth, and sit upon God's throne, but even by God himself they are called gods.
    James I of England, James VI of Scotland (1566-1625), British King of England and Scotland. Address, March 21, 1609, to Parliament, London. Quoted in England Under the Stuarts, ch. 4, G.M. Trevelyan (1904, rev. 1925).

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  • A custom loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs, and in the black, stinking fume thereof nearest resembling the horrible Stygian smoke of the pit that is bottomless.
    James I of England, James VI of Scotland (1566-1625), British king. A Counter-blaste to Tobacco (1604). The passage was written shortly after Sir Walter Raleigh introduced tobacco to England from the Americas.

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