I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.
Family does not necessarily mean blood relatives but is often a description of a community, organization, or nation.
We all need to get the balance right between action and reflection. With so many distractions, it is easy to forget to pause and take stock.
Families, friends, and communities often find a source of courage rising up from within. Indeed, sadly, it seems that it is a tragedy that often draws out the most and the best in the human spirit.
There are long periods when life seems a small, dull round, a petty business with no point, and then suddenly we are caught up in some great event that gives us a glimpse of the solid and durable foundations of our existence.
To what greater inspiration and counsel can we turn than to the imperishable truth to be found in this treasure house, the Bible?
I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else – I can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.
True patriotism doesn’t exclude an understanding of the patriotism of others.
The upward course of a nation’s history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women
I don’t like to badmouth people. But I’m the head of a monarchy that began in the ninth century, and I’m apparently more modern than Chris Christie. Look, I know he has to appeal to the crazy right-wingers in his party, but the fact is, he’s not as forward-thinking as an eighty-seven-year-old lady who wears a crown on her head. It’s pathetic.