"Kings were wont ..." Quote of Queen Elizabeth I

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Kings were wont to honour philosophers; but if I had such I would honour them as angels that should have such purity in them that they would not seek when they are the second to be the first, and when they are third to be the second.

Elizabeth I
Elizabeth I (1533-1603), British monarch, Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 12, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923). To a committee of both Houses of Parliament, which had demanded that she marry and name a successor.