Queen Elizabeth I

(1533-1603 / England)

Queen Elizabeth I Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''If we still advise we shall never do.''
    Elizabeth I (1533-1603), Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 11, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923). To Sir Henry Sidney, governor of Ireland.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.).
  • ''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.
  • ''A strength to harm is perilous in the hand of an ambitious head.''
    Elizabeth I (1533-1603), Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 13, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923). To Sir Henry Sidney, governor of Ireland.
  • ''It is a natural virtue incident to our sex to be pitiful of those that are afflicted.''
    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 Doctor Dale, to say to the Queen-Mother of France, Catherine de' Medici, in behalf of a woman in exile for her religion." Elizabeth was a Protestant; France was a Roman Catholic country.
  • ''Although my royal rank causes me to doubt whether my kingdom is not more sought after than myself, yet I understand that you have found other graces in me.''
    Elizabeth I (1533-1603), British monarch, Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 8, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923). Said c. 1572 to Francis, duke of Alencon and Anjou (1554-1584) in France, whom she was being urged to marry.
  • ''The past cannot be cured.''
    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 Spanish Ambassador.
  • ''The word "must" is not to be used to princes.''
    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).

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Best Poem of Queen Elizabeth I

In Defiance Of Fortune

Never think you fortune can bear the sway
Where virtue's force can cause her to obey.

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On Monsieur's Departure

I grieve and dare not show my discontent,
I love and yet am forced to seem to hate,
I do, yet dare not say I ever meant,
I seem stark mute but inwardly to prate.
I am and not, I freeze and yet am burned.
Since from myself another self I turned.

My care is like my shadow in the sun,
Follows me flying, flies when I pursue it,

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