George III of the United Kingdom

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George III (George William Frederick) (1738-06-041820-01-29) was King of Great Britain and King of Ireland from 25 October 1760 until 1 January 1801, and thereafter of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, formed by the union of these two countries, until his death.


  • By God, Harrison, I will see you righted!
    • Said ca. 1772, speaking to John Harrison's son William. Quoted in Dava Sobel, Longitude (1995, Fourth Estate Limited. London. Printed 1998. ISBN 1-85702-571-7), p. 147


  • "'Lord Chancellor, did I deliver the speech well ?' 'Very well indeed, sir,' was the enthusiastic answer. 'I am glad of that,' replied the king; 'for there was nothing in it.'"
  • Six hours sleep are enough for a man, seven for a woman, and eight for a fool.
  • My Lords and peacocks.
  • Was there ever such thing as great Shakespeare? Only one must not say so! But what think you — what — was there not sad stuff?
  • I glory in the name of Briton!
  • I wish nothing but good. Everyone who does not agree is a traitor or a scoundrel.
  • When a petitioner attempted to stab the King he told her with the greatest calmness, "This is a fruit knife madam, it couldn't cut a cabbage."
  • To John Adams, first American Minister to Great Britain: "I was the last person to consent to the seperation (of America and Britain), but I will be the first to accept the friendship of the United States as an independent power."

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