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  • 1.
    We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; they do not exist.
    Victoria (1819-1901), British monarch, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Letter, December 1899, to statesman A.J. Balfour, during the "Black Week" of the Boer War.
  • 2.
    He speaks to Me as if I was a public meeting.
    Victoria (1819-1901), British monarch, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Quoted in G.W.E. Russell, Collections and Recollections, ch. 14 (1898). Attributed remark about Prime Minister W.E. Gladstone. "No image except that of a flood can convey the notion of Mr. Gladstone's table-talk," Russell observed.
  • 3.
    His purity was too great, his aspiration too high for this poor, miserable world! His great soul is now only enjoying that for which it was worthy!
    Victoria (1819-1901), British monarch, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Letter, December 20, 1861, to Leopold I, King of Belgium. Letters of Queen Victoria, vol. 3, ch. 30, eds. A.C. Benson and Viscount Esher (1907). Victoria was referring to Albert, the Prince Consort.

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  • 4.
    I positively think that ladies who are always enceinte quite disgusting; it is more like a rabbit or guinea-pig than anything else and really it is not very nice.
    Victoria (1819-1901), British monarch, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Letter, June 15, 1859, to her daughter Louisa, Princess Frederick William of Prussia. Queen Victoria in Her Letters and Journals, ed. Christopher Hibbert (1984).
  • 5.
    When I think of a merry, happy, free young girl—and look at the ailing, aching state a young wife generally is doomed to—which you can't deny is the penalty of marriage.
    Victoria (1819-1901), British monarch, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Letter, May 16, 1860, to her daughter Princess Frederick William. Queen Victoria in Her Letters and Journals, ed. Christopher Hibbert (1984).

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  • 6.
    A marriage is no amusement but a solemn act, and generally a sad one.
    Victoria (1819-1901), British monarch, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. letter, 9 Jan. 1879, to her daughter, Crown Princess Frederick William of Prussia. Quoted in Elizabeth Longford, Victoria R.I., ch. 28 (1964).

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  • 7.
    I don't dislike babies, though I think very young ones rather disgusting.
    Victoria (1819-1901), British monarch, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Letter, May 8, 1872, to her daughter, the Crown Princess of Prussia. Queen Victoria in Her Letters and Journals, ed. Christopher Hibbert (1984).
  • 8.
    I think people really marry far too much; it is such a lottery after all, and for a poor woman a very doubtful happiness.
    Victoria (1819-1901), British monarch, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Letter, May 3, 1858, to her daughter, Crown Princess Frederick William of Prussia. Queen Victoria in Her Letters and Journals, ed. Christopher Hibbert (1984).

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  • 9.
    We women are not made for governing and if we are good women, we must dislike these masculine occupations; but there are times which force one to take interest in them mal gré bon gré, and I do, of course, intensely.
    Victoria (1819-1901), British monarch, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. letter, Feb. 3, 1852, to Leopold I, King of the Belgians. Letters of Queen Victoria, vol. 2, ch. 21, eds. A.C. Benson and Viscount Esher (1907).

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