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Quotations From ELIZABETH I

 

  • 1.
    I do not choose that my grave should be dug while I am still alive.
    Elizabeth I (1533-1603), British monarch, Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 24, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923). Said to a deputation of peers who urged her to marry.
  • 2.
    Monarchs ought to put to death the authors and instigators of war, as their sworn enemies and as dangers to their states.
    Elizabeth I (1533-1603), Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 13, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923). To Fenelon, the French Ambassador.

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  • 3.
    One man with a head on his shoulders is worth a dozen without.
    Elizabeth I (1533-1603), British monarch, Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 11, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923).
  • 4.
    I would rather go to any extreme than suffer anything that is unworthy of my reputation, or of that of my crown.
    Elizabeth I (1533-1603), Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 13, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923). To Fenelon, the French Ambassador.
  • 5.
    Madame d'Estampes and Madame de Valentinois make me fear that I should be only honoured by my husband as a queen and not loved by him as a woman.
    Elizabeth I (1533-1603), British monarch, Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 7, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923). Said c. 1564 to Fenelon, the French Ambassador, who urged her to marry into the French royalty. D'Estampes and de Valentinois were well known to be illicit mistresses of members of the French royal family.

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  • 6.
    Mortua—sed non sepulta! Mortua—sed non sepulta! [Dead—but not buried! Dead—but not buried!]
    Elizabeth I (1533-1603), Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 3, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923). Said in 1599, upon learning of rumors that she had died. She would repeat this often until her actual death.
  • 7.
    I do not want a husband who honours me as a queen, if he does not love me as a woman.
    Elizabeth I (1533-1603), British monarch, Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 7, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923). Said to Fenelon, the French Ambassador, who urged her to marry into the French royalty. Elizabeth remained single and died leaving no heir.

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  • 8.
    Those who appear the most sanctified are the worst.
    Elizabeth I (1533-1603), Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 11, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923). Said to the Spanish Ambassador when he protested her arrest of Catholics. (Elizabeth, a Protestant, was embattled against Roman Catholics throughout her reign.).
  • 9.
    Though the sex to which I belong is considered weak ... you will nevertheless find me a rock that bends to no wind.
    Elizabeth I (1533-1603), British monarch, Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 11, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923). To the French Ambassador.

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  • 10.
    Be of good cheer, for you will never want, for the bullet was meant for me, though it hit you.
    Elizabeth I (1533-1603), Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 13, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923). "To one of her boatmen who was shot when within six feet of her on her barge in the Thames. She took off her scarf and gave it to him to bind over his wound, which was bleeding profusely."
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