Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

King James I of England

King of Great Britian, also ruled as James VI of Scotland

"No man gains by war, but he that hath not wherewith to live in peace."

"The intention makes the lie not the words."

"I will govern according to the common weal, but not according to the common will."

"It is one of God's blessings that we cannot foreknow the hour of our death; for a time fixed, even beyond the possibility of living, would trouble us more than doth this uncertainty."

"When a man makes up his mind to thrash another, he must also make up his mind to be a little thrashed himself."

"Have you not reason then to be ashamed and to forbear this filthy novelty, so basely grounded, so foolishly received and so grossly mistaken in the right use thereof. In your abuse thereof sinning against God harming yourselves both in person and goods, and raking also thereby the marks and notes of vanity upon you by the custom thereof making yourselves to be wondered at by all foreign civil nations and by all strangers that come among you to be scorned and held in contempt; 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."