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Queen Elizabeth I Quotes

Queen regnant of England and Queen regnant of Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death. Sometimes called The Virgin Queen, Gloriana, or Good Queen Bess, Elizabeth was the fifth and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty.
(1533 - 1603)

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A clear and innocent conscience fears nothing.

A fool too late bewares when all the peril is past.

A good face is the best letter of recommendation.

A strength to harm is perilous in the hand of an ambitious head.

All my possessions for a moment of time.

Brass shines as fair to the ignorant as gold to the goldsmiths.

Cowards falter, but danger is often overcome by those who nobly dare.

Do not tell secrets to those whose faith and silence you have not already tested.

Fear not, we are of the nature of the lion, and cannot descend to the destruction of mice and such small beasts.

God forgive you, but I never can.

God has given such brave soldiers to this Crown that, if they do not frighten our neighbours, at least they prevent us from being frightened by them.

He who placed me in this seat will keep me here.

I do not choose that my grave should be dug while I am still alive.

I do not so much rejoice that God hath made me to be a Queen, as to be a Queen over so thankful a people.

I do not want a husband who honours me as a queen, if he does not love me as a woman.

I find that I sent wolves not shepherds to govern Ireland, for they have left me nothing but ashes and carcasses to reign over!

I have the heart of a man, not a woman, and I am not afraid of anything.

I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a King, and of a King of England too.

I pluck up the goodlisome herbs of sentences by pruning, eat them by reading, digest them by musing, and lay them up at length in the high seat of memory by gathering them together; that so, having tasted their sweetness, I may the less perceive the bitterness of life.

I pray to God that I shall not live one hour after I have thought of using deception.

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