Queen Elizabeth I

(1533-1603 / England)

Queen Elizabeth I Quotes

  • ''I find that I sent wolves not shepherds to govern Ireland, for they have left me nothing but ashes and carcasses to reign over!''
    Elizabeth I (1533-1603), British monarch, Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 23, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923). Said to her court after the brutal response of her troops to rebellion by the Irish.
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  • ''This day died a man with much wit and very little judgment.''
    Elizabeth I (1533-1603), British monarch, Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 1, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923). Said in 1549, when she was still Princess Elizabeth, on the execution day of Admiral Thomas Seymour (1508?-1549), who had been convicted of high treason. A schemer, he had had marital designs on Elizabeth and had been the cause of unfounded scandal that was very painful to her. Seymour—whose sister was the third wife of Elizabeth's father, King Henry VIII; whose twelve-year-old nephew was the current King, Edward VI; and whose brother was serving as protector of the realm—had married Henry's widow, Catherine, within a month of his death. The following year, Catherine died, and Seymour began the pursuit of Elizabeth that led to his execution.
  • ''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 (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.
  • ''The stone often recoils on the head of the thrower.''
    Elizabeth I (1533-1603), Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 18, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923). To Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1587), who had been helping enemies of Elizabeth's. Elizabeth was a daughter of King Henry VIII; after Henry's offspring, Mary had the strongest claim to the throne and schemed to win it. Eventually, and with great sorrow, Elizabeth had Mary executed.
  • ''I would gladly chastise those who represent things as different from what they are. Those who steal property or make counterfeit money are punished, and those ought to be still more severely dealt with who steal away or falsify the good name of a prince.''
    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.
  • ''Let the good service of well-deservers be never rewarded with loss. Let their thanks be such as may encourage more strivers for the like.''
    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 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.''
    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 in 1564 to the Ambassador of the Duke of Wurtemberg. Elizabeth never married and died leaving no heir.
  • ''The end crowneth the work.''
    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).
  • ''It seems incredible, and I love them no less; and I can say that I would rather die than see any diminution of it on one side or the other.''
    Elizabeth I (1533-1603), British monarch, Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 2, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923). Said to the French ambassador in the latter 1500s about her subjects' devotion to her.
  • ''I regret the unhappiness of princes who are slaves to forms and fettered by caution.''
    Elizabeth I (1533-1603), British monarch, Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 23, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923). Said in 1601 to King Henry IV of France.

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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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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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