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Elizabeth I Quotes

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Elizabeth I
September 7, 1533 - March 24, 1603
Nationality: English
Category: Royalty
Subcategory: English Royalty

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.


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