Queen Elizabeth I

(1533-1603 / England)

Queen Elizabeth I Quotes

  • ''Where minds differ and opinions swerve there is scant a friend in that company.''
    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).
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  • ''Mr. Doctor, that loose gown becomes you so well I wonder your notions should be so narrow.''
    Elizabeth I (1533-1603), Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 6, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923). Said during a visit to Oxford in 1566, to Dr. Humphreys, leader of the Puritans, who was clad in an academic gown.
  • ''My loving people,—We have been persuaded by some that are careful of our safety, to take heed how we commit ourselves to armed multitudes for fear of treachery; but, I do assure you, I do not desire to live to distrust my faithful and loving people. Let tyrants fear.''
    Elizabeth I (1533-1603), Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 2, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923). In a stirring speech to England's troops in 1588 on the hill at Tilbury; it was they who would have to defend her reign against the Armada, the fleet which had been sent by Philip II of Spain, a Roman Catholic, to overthrow Elizabeth, who was a Protestant, and take her throne. The English defeated the Armada.
  • ''They are most deceived that trusteth most in themselves.''
    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). Written in 1549, when she was still Princess Elizabeth, to Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset. Somerset had custody of her half-brother and his nephew, the "boy king" Edward VI (1537-1553; became King in 1547), and was serving as protector of the realm. Somerset's scheming brother, Admiral Thomas Seymour (1508?-1549), had marital designs on the 15- year-old Elizabeth, and his attentions to her had led to scandal, including the unfounded rumor that she was pregnant with his child. Later that year, Seymour was executed.
  • ''Be always faithful to me, as I always desire to keep you in peace; and if there have been wiser kings, none has ever loved you more than I have.''
    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 in her Chapel after morning prayer on a Sunday in 1601; Robert Devereux, second Earl of Essex, once a favorite courtier of Elizabeth's, had recently been convicted of treason and executed after she painfully signed his death warrant.
  • ''Where might is mixed with wit, there is too good an accord in a government.''
    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.
  • ''Ye may have a greater prince, but ye shall never have a more loving prince.''
    Elizabeth I (1533-1603), Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 2, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923). In 1588, following the defeat of the Spanish Armada, in a speech to a crowd of her subjects.
  • ''I am more afraid of making a fault in my Latin than of the Kings of Spain, France, Scotland, the whole House of Guise, and all of their confederates.''
    Elizabeth I (1533-1603), British monarch, Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 3, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923). Said to the Archbishop of St. Andrews. She was referring to the execution, in 1581, of James Douglas, fourth Earl of Morton, for his involvement in the 1567 murder of Mary, Queen of Scots' husband, Lord Darnley. In 1587, Mary too was executed; she was the daughter of King James V of Scotland and Mary of Guise.
  • ''If our web be framed with rotten handles, when our loom is well nigh done, our work is new to begin. God send the weaver true prentices again, and let them be denizens.''
    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.

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Best Poem of Queen Elizabeth I

Written With A Diamond On Her Window At Woodstock

Much suspected by me,
Nothing proved can be,
Quoth Elizabeth prisoner.

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The Doubt Of Future Foes

The doubt of future foes exiles my present joy,
And wit me warns to shun such snares as threaten mine annoy;
For falsehood now doth flow, and subjects' faith doth ebb,
Which should not be if reason ruled or wisdom weaved the web.
But clouds of joys untried do cloak aspiring minds,
Which turn to rain of late repent by changed course of winds.
The top of hope supposed the root upreared shall be,
And fruitless all their grafted guile, as shortly ye shall see.
The dazzled eyes with pr

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