Philippe: [as Louis] I became King on my fifth birthday. By my sixth I learned not to offer encouragement. Sooner or later everyone comes to me.
Philippe: [as Louis] A king fears tradition more than he does assassination. There is a chance for me to escape assassination but not tradition. It's one of the unfortunate things connected with being King.
Philippe: There is one law in life, my brother, that not even a king can escape... the law of retribution!
Philippe: [as Louis in the torture chamber] I know how well you love complete power, Fouquet, but you will never know complete power until you are obeyed in a place like this.
D'Artagnan: How could your brother be such a monster?
Fouquet: [With contempt] Let me congradulate you, my friend, but then you always had the most annoying habit of bringing about the things you wish to bring about. Most amusing comedy - worthy of so great a playwright!
Colbert: As a fellow playwright you understand how narrow the line dividing comedy and tragedy.
Fouquet: Quite right, and I'm afraid His Majesty's executioner will provide the tragedy when this charming little comedy is finished.
Colbert: His Majesty's executioner could provide the tragedy before the comedy is finished.
D'Artagnan: Bravery is only great when there is no chance.
Commandant of the Bastille: I have a better cure for madness than any doctor.
Philippe: [as Louis] So they don't like the salt tax? DOUBLE IT!
D'Artagnan: [Dying] Congratulations, my son. Now you will be the greatest swordsman in France.
D'Artagnan: We're through with running!