Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown

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Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

Prov. A person who has a lot of power and prestige also has a lot of responsibilities, and therefore worries more than other people. (From Shakespeare's play, Henry IV, Part II.) Susan began to have trouble sleeping shortly after she was promoted to head of her department. "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown," her friends teased.
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So you have no cause to be uneasy about stripes too many or too few; heaven forbid I should cheat anyone of even a hair of his head.
Your majesty must be rendered very uneasy by the illness of M.
The willow-wren with his army also came flying through the air with such a humming, and whirring, and swarming that every one was uneasy and afraid, and on both sides they advanced against each other.
Raffles, walking with the uneasy gait of a town loiterer obliged to do a bit of country journeying on foot, looked as incongruous amid this moist rural quiet and industry as if he had been a baboon escaped from a menagerie.
Then, as the turn which the conversation took began to make Rosa uneasy, she asked, --
I am sure you will not be offended with me," she said gently, "if I own that I am uneasy about the expense.
If this fool," she said, "should have an uneasy dream and roll into the well men would say that I did it.
As he did not return, the family became uneasy, and going to the door by which he had left the house, his father called without receiving an answer.
Not that he was uneasy about the future, but he wanted to know at any cost
But though this complacence to one whom the captain thoroughly despised, was not so uneasy to him as it would have been had any hopes of preferment made it necessary to show the same submission to a Hoadley, or to some other of great reputation in the science, yet even this cost him too much to be endured without some motive.
If you were uneasy about me, you can feel easier than ever.
Very well, and very happy, only a little uneasy that they hear from you so seldom.
I was rather surprised, under these circumstances, to see that Miss Fairlie continued to be constrained and uneasy in his presence, and that she took the first opportunity of leaving the room again.
said the old man, stopping by the side of his uneasy associate, until those who followed had time to come up.
he said, after meditating for a long time--and said with a deep sigh and an uneasy shifting of his attitude, as though he dismissed some other subject from his thoughts, and returned to that which had held possession of them all the day--the plot thickens; I have thrown the shell; it will explode, I think, in eight-and-forty hours, and should scatter these good folks amazingly.