I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse.

— Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor

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A single friar who goes counter to all Christianity for a thousand years must be wrong.


Remember, the prince is like a mirror exposed to the eyes of all his subjects who continually look to him as a pattern on which to model themselves, and who in consequence without much trouble discover his vices and virtues.


How absurd to try to make two men think alike on matters of religion, when I cannot make two timepieces agree.


Iron hand in a velvet glove.


To endeavor to domineer over conscience, is to invade the citadel of heaven.


My cousin Francis and I are in perfect accord - he wants Milan, and so do I.


I came, I saw, God conquered.


Those who believe in ghosts always see them.


I make war on the living, not the dead.

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