In conversation with Sieur de Bernard le Bovier Fontenelle (1657-1757), French scientist and writer, Louis XIV expressed his regret that there seemed so few truly honorable men to be found.
"There are still many honorable men," replied Fontenelle, "but they do not seek out the society of kings ..."
----------------A Final Thought ...
"Every time I bestow a vacant office I make a hundred discontented persons and one ingrate."
- Louis XIV, King of France (1638–1715). Remark made following the disgrace of the Duke of Lauzun, c. 1669. Quoted in: Voltaire, Le Siècle de Louis XIV, ch. 26 (1751)