Grief never ends, but it changes. It is a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness nor a lack of faith: it is the price of love.

— Elizabeth I

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

129

To be a king and wear a crown is a thing more glorious to them that see it than it is pleasant to them that bear it.

94

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.

83

I would rather be a beggar and single than a queen and married.

81

A clear and innocent conscience fears nothing.

70

Although I may not be a lioness, I am a lion's cub, and inherit many of his qualities; and as long as the King of France treats me gently he will find me as gentle and tractable as he can desire; but if he be rough, I shall take the trouble to be just as troublesome and offensive to him as I can.

60

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.

50

It is monstrous that the feet should direct the head.

45

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.

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[To Parliament, when it urged her to marry and settle the succession:] You attend to your own duties and I'll perform mine.

34

This is the Lord's doing. And it is marvelous in our eyes.

30

There is an Italian proverb which saith, From my enemy let me defend myself;

but from a pretensed friend Lord deliver me

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About Elizabeth I

Quotes 135 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Royalty
Birthday September 7, 1533

When we hang on to resentments, we poison ourselves.

As compulsive overeaters, we cannot afford resentment, since it exacerbates our disease.

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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.

25

The stone often recoils on the head of the thrower.

25

The use of sea and air is common to all;

neither can a title to the ocean belong to any people or private persons, forasmuch as neither nature nor public use and custom permit any possession therof.

20

My seat has been the seat of kings, and I will have no rascal to succeed me.

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I will have here but one mistress and no master.

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Princes have big ears which hear far and near.

19

Let tyrants fear, I have always so behaved myself that, under God, I have placed my chiefest strength and safeguard in the loyal hearts and good-will of my subjects.

18

I would rather go to any extreme than suffer anything that is unworthy of my reputation, or of that of my crown.

18

Though the sex to which I belong is considered weak you will nevertheless find me a rock that bends to no wind.

16

I don't keep a dog and bark myself.

16

The true sin against the Holy Ghost is ingratitude.

15

Where minds differ and opinions swerve there is scant a friend in that company.

14

My care is like my shadow in the sun, Follows me flying, flies when I pursue it, Stands and lies by me, doth what I have done.

14

The daughter of debate That still discord doth sow.

13

They best pass over the world who trip over it quickly; for it is but a bog. If we stop, we sink.

13

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.

12

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.

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I may not be a lion,but I am lions cub and I have lion's heart

12

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.

11

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.

11

Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.

10

A good face is the best letter of recommendation.

10

I have never been able to be so allured by the prospect of advantages or so terrified by misfortunes, swayed by honours or fettered by affection, nay not even so smitten by the fear of death, as to enter upon marriage.

10

A meal of bread, cheese and beer constitutes the perfect food.

9

[I]n the end this shall be for me sufficient, that a marble stone shall declare that a Queen, having reigned such a time, lived and died a virgin.

8

Answer on being asked her opinion of Christ's presence in the Sacrament.

'Twas God the word that spake it, He took the Bread and brake it; And what the word did make it That I believe, and take it.

8

There is one thing higher than Royalty: and that is religion, which causes us to leave the world, and seek God.

7

If I follow the inclination of my nature, it is this: beggar-woman and single, far rather than queen and married.

7

I thank God I am endued with such qualities that if I were turned out of the Realm in my petticoat I were able to live in any place in Christendom.

6

Although my royal rank causes me to doubt whether my kingdom is not more sought after than myself, yet I understand that you havefound other graces in me.

6

One man with a head on his shoulders is worth a dozen without.

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Of myself I must say this, I never was any greedy, scraping grasper, nor a strait fast-holding prince, nor yet a master; my heart was never set on worldly goods, but only for my subjects' good.

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Much suspected by me, Nothing proved can be

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The sea, as well as the air, is a free and common thing to all;

and a particular nation cannot pretend to have the right to the exclusion of all others, without violating the rights of nature and public usage.

6

If we still advise we shall never do.

5

It is good to jest, but not to make a trade of jesting.

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