Quotes

11 November 2014
When I received this [coronation] ring I solemnly bound myself in marriage to the realm; and it will be quite sufficient for the memorial of my name and for my glory, if, when I die, an inscription be engraved on a marble tomb, saying, "Here lieth Elizabeth, which reigned a virgin, and died a virgin."
11 November 2014
Princes have big ears which hear far and near.
11 November 2014
That milkmaid's lot is better than mine, and her life merrier.
11 November 2014
I am no lover of pompous title, but only desire that my name may be recorded in a line or two, which shall briefly express my name, my virginity, the years of my reign, the reformation of religion under it, and my preservation of peace.
11 November 2014
... what a family is without a steward, a ship without a pilot, a flock without a shepherd, a body without a head, the same, I think, is a kingdom without the health and safety of a good monarch.
11 November 2014
Must! Is must a word to be addressed to princes? Little man, little man! thy father, if he had been alive, durst not have used that word.
11 November 2014
I have the heart of a man, not a woman, and I am not afraid of anything.
11 November 2014
There is nothing about which I am more anxious than my country, and for its sake I am willing to die ten deaths, if that be possible.
11 November 2014
There is small disproportion betwixt a fool who useth not wit because he hath it not and him that useth it not when it should avail him.
11 November 2014
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.

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