APAD: Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown

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Meaning:

 

A person with great power, such as a king, is constantly apprehensive.

 

Background:

 

Shakespeare's Henry IV. Part II, 1597.

 

   KING HENRY IV:

 

     And in the visitation of the winds,

     Who take the ruffian billows by the top,

     Curling their monstrous heads and hanging them

     With deafening clamour in the slippery clouds,

     That, with the hurly, death itself awakes?

 

     Canst thou, O partial sleep, give thy repose

     To the wet sea-boy in an hour so rude,

     And in the calmest and most stillest night,

     With all appliances and means to boot,

     Deny it to a king? Then happy low, lie down!

     Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

 

In this piece Henry is bemoaning his position as king in that he, unlike even

the most humble cabin-boy, cannot find a moments [sic] peace and repose.

 

- www.phrases.org.uk

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Ages before Henry, the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius obviously slept well as

he urged

    At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: "I have

    to go to work. ... "

 

I understand the emperor perfectly as he also said

    The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.

 

One hour on the mat, you sleep at night like a log. No better sleeping pill. :-)))

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生于忧患 死于安乐 -妖妖灵- 给 妖妖灵 发送悄悄话 妖妖灵 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/27/2024 postreply 08:49:46

忧患 is useless. One dies either way:-) -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/27/2024 postreply 09:00:46

我从小就被老爸教育“凡事预则立,不预则废”:) -妖妖灵- 给 妖妖灵 发送悄悄话 妖妖灵 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/27/2024 postreply 09:03:06

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail? -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/27/2024 postreply 09:25:12

听着好像还挺励志,开国皇帝基本都是生于忧患, 死的时候基本算安乐,虽然人生总不能事事如意 -移花接木- 给 移花接木 发送悄悄话 移花接木 的博客首页 (167 bytes) () 03/27/2024 postreply 12:24:20

Stay away from the crown = no desire 4 power nor politicians -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/27/2024 postreply 09:14:01

have peace at day and sleep like a log at night ;-) -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/27/2024 postreply 09:15:22

Sounds like eating the cake and having it :-) -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/27/2024 postreply 09:25:42

哈哈哈哈 。。。;-))) -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/27/2024 postreply 09:40:25

haha, my dreaming life. I can not sleep like a dog. -天边一片白云- 给 天边一片白云 发送悄悄话 天边一片白云 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/27/2024 postreply 18:01:03

With great power comes great responsibility, thus worries :) -甜虫虫- 给 甜虫虫 发送悄悄话 甜虫虫 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/27/2024 postreply 10:04:34

I've been wondering if there's a way to cheat :-) -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/27/2024 postreply 11:27:37

Do share, if you find a way :) -甜虫虫- 给 甜虫虫 发送悄悄话 甜虫虫 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/27/2024 postreply 12:42:51

+1. -妖妖灵- 给 妖妖灵 发送悄悄话 妖妖灵 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/27/2024 postreply 13:26:44

Guess Shakespeare never saw Chinese toddler emperors. -移花接木- 给 移花接木 发送悄悄话 移花接木 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/27/2024 postreply 11:16:18

Yes. Guangxu put each and every western king to shame :-) -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/27/2024 postreply 11:29:12

汉朝是皇帝年龄年轻化的先驱,好多代即位时刚刚wean -移花接木- 给 移花接木 发送悄悄话 移花接木 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/27/2024 postreply 12:01:53

Suffering, unspeakable. -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/27/2024 postreply 12:45:23

Crown makes him/her uneasy and agitated:)So does power,money -暖冬cool夏- 给 暖冬cool夏 发送悄悄话 暖冬cool夏 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/27/2024 postreply 12:30:23

Roll with the punches, whatever comes :-) -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/27/2024 postreply 12:46:04

没错,200斤麦子10里不换肩肯定是这个感觉。 -唐宋韵- 给 唐宋韵 发送悄悄话 唐宋韵 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/27/2024 postreply 17:14:02

自古皇帝就是高危职业。 -唐宋韵- 给 唐宋韵 发送悄悄话 唐宋韵 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/27/2024 postreply 17:15:51

哈哈。如果坚持每天这么锻炼到老,幸甚幸甚! -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/27/2024 postreply 19:40:44

need a big head to wear the crown~ -moonlight7- 给 moonlight7 发送悄悄话 (0 bytes) () 03/28/2024 postreply 07:59:06

:)) -盈盈一笑间- 给 盈盈一笑间 发送悄悄话 盈盈一笑间 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 04/01/2024 postreply 21:08:02

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