[the king's speech]

8

You know, if I’m a King, where’s my power? Can I… can I form a government? Can I… can I levy a tax, declare a… a war? No! And yet, I am the seat of all authority. Why? Because… the nation believes that when I speak, I speak for them – but I can’t speak.

The King’s Speech (2010) dir. Tom Hooper.

3

Oh my dear. My dear, dear man. I refused your first two marriage proposals, not because I didn’t love you, but because I couldn’t bear the idea of a royal life. Couldn’t bear the idea of a life of tours, public duty, of… Well, a life that no longer was really to be my own. But then I thought, he stammers so beautifully, they’ll leave us alone.

2

“If I’m King, where’s my power? Can I form a government? Can I levy a tax, declare a war? No! And yet I am the seat of all authority. Why? Because the nation believes that when I speak, I speak for them. But I can’t speak.”