George II of Great Britain
George II (1683-11-10 – 1760-10-25) 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.
- Non, j'aurai des maîtresses.
- No, I'll have mistresses.
- William M. White Emmanuel Swedenborg ( 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.
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