| A strength to harm is perilous in the hand of an ambitious head.
| To be a king and wear a crown is a thing more glorious to them that see it than it is pleasant to them that bear it.
| Ye may have a greater prince, but ye shall never have a more loving prince.
| I find that I sent wolves not shepherds to govern Ireland, for they have left me nothing but ashes and carcasses to reign over!
| There is nothing about which I am more anxious than my country, and for its sake I am willing to die ten deaths, if that be possible.
| Where might is mixed with wit, there is too good an accord in a government.
| I do not choose that my grave should be dug while I am still alive.
| I do not want a husband who honours me as a queen, if he does not love me as a woman.
| I pray to God that I shall not live one hour after I have thought of using deception.
| A clear and innocent conscience fears nothing.
| One man with a head on his shoulders is worth a dozen without.
| Though I am not imperial, and though Elizabeth may not deserve it, the Queen of England will easily deserve to have an emperor's son to marry.
| I would rather go to any extreme than suffer anything that is unworthy of my reputation, or of that of my crown.
| I would rather be a beggar and single than a queen and married.
| The end crowneth the work.
| Fear not, we are of the nature of the lion, and cannot descend to the destruction of mice and such small beasts.
| Though the sex to which I belong is considered weak you will nevertheless find me a rock that bends to no wind.
| It is a natural virtue incident to our sex to be pitiful of those that are afflicted.
| I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too.
| All my possessions for a moment of time.