Queen Elizabeth I Quotes

The daughter of debate, that eke discord doth sow, Shall reap no gain where former rule hath taught still peace to grow. No foreign banished wight shall anchor in this port; Our realm it brooks no stranger's force, let them elsewhere resort.
Elizabeth I (1533-1603), British monarch, Queen of England. The Doubt of Future Foes (l. 11-14). . . Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse, The. E. K. Chambers, comp. (1932) Oxford University Press.
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Though God hath raised me high, yet this I count the glory of my crown: that I have reigned with your loves.... And though you have had, and may have, many mightier and wiser princes sitting in this seat; yet you never had, nor shall have any that will love you better.
Elizabeth I (1533-1603), British Queen of England. speech, Nov. 30, 1601, House of Commons. "The Golden Speech," Historical Collections of the Four Last Parliaments of Queen Elizabeth, ed. Heywood Townshend (1680).
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When I was fair and young, and favor graced me, Of many was I sought, their mistress for to be; But I did scorn them all, and answered them therefore, "Go, go, go seek some otherwhere! Importune me no more!"
Elizabeth I (1533-1603), British monarch, Queen of England. When I Was Fair and Young (l. 1-5). . . Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse, The. E. K. Chambers, comp. (1932) Oxford University Press.
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I am your anointed Queen. I will never be by violence constrained to do anything. 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.
Elizabeth I (1533-1603), British monarch, Queen of England. speech, Oct. 1566, to Deputation of Lords and Commons.
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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.
Elizabeth I (1533-1603), British monarch, Queen of England. speech, Aug. 8, 1588. To troops at Tilbury, England, on the approach of the Spanish Armada.
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All my possessions for a moment of time.
Elizabeth I (1533-1603), British Queen of England. Alleged last words.
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My lord, the crown which I have borne so long has given enough of vanity in my time. I beseech you not to augment it in this hour when I am so near my death.
Elizabeth I (1533-1603), British monarch, Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 24, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923). Said on the last night of her life, to the Archbishop of Canterbury, who was praying by her side and had been extolling the accomplishments of her reign. These are her last recorded words.
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I would rather be a beggar and single than a queen and married.
Elizabeth I (1533-1603), 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.
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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."
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 "to the Speaker, Knights, and Burgesses of the Lower House who [in 1559, the second year of her reign] laid an address before her in the great gallery of Whitehall Palace urging her to marry." For years thereafter, Elizabeth would vacillate about her marital intentions, sometimes declaring that to marry would be "necessary." However, despite many aggressive overtures from European nobility and imperative urging from within England, she never did, thus ruling alone and leaving behind no heir.
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Do not tell secrets to those whose faith and silence you have not already tested.
Elizabeth I (1533-1603), Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 11, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923). Said in 1561 to the King of Sweden.
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