George II of Great Britain

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I hate bainting, and boetry too!

George II (1683-11-101760-10-25) was King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1727. Born and raised in Germany, he spoke such poor English as almost to disable him from taking part in British politics.

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  • Non, j'aurai des maîtresses.
    • No, I'll have mistresses.
    • William M. White Emmanuel Swedenborg ([1856] 1867) vol. 2, p. 308.
    • Tearfully answering his wife, Queen Caroline, who as she lay dying had urged him to marry again.
  • I hate bainting, and boetry too! Neither the one nor the other ever did any good.
    • John Ireland Hogarth Illustrated (1791); cited from John Ireland and John Nichols Hogarth's Works (1883) p. 122.
    • Later sources usually quote this as "I hate all bainters and boets!", or as "Damn the bainters and the boets too!" The saying is often misattributed to George I.
  • If he is mad, so much the better; and if he is mad, I hope to God he’ll bite some of my generals.
    • The New-York Magazine (November 1791) p. 662.
    • On being warned by the Duke of Newcastle, in 1758, against promoting James Wolfe. Often quoted as "Mad, is he? Then I hope he will bite some of my other generals."

About George II

  • He had the haughtiness of Henry the Eighth, without his spirit; the avarice of Henry the Seventh, without his exactions; the indignities of Charles the First, without his bigotry for his prerogative; the vexations of King William, with as little skill in the management of parties; and the gross gallantry of his father, without his goodnature or his honesty:– he might, perhaps, have been honest, if he had never hated his father, or had ever loved his son.
    • Horace Walpole Memoirs of the Reign of King George the Second (1847) vol. 1, p. 180

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