Queen Elizabeth 1



Queen Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth I

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We princes are set as it were upon stages in the sight and view of the world.

There is only one Christ, Jesus, one faith. All else is a dispute over trifles.
(Elizabeth's response to the Catholic/Protestant divide)

Though after my death you may have many stepdames, yet shall you never have a more natural mother unto you all.
(Elizabeth to members of Parliament)

I have no desire to make windows into mens souls
(Again a reference to the Catholic/Protestant issue)

It would please me best if, at the last, a marble stone shall record that this Queen having lived such and such a time, lived and died a virgin.
(Elizabeth to Parliamentary Delegation)

Young heads take example of the ancient.
(Elizabeth in a message to Parliament)

My Lords, do whatever you wish. As for me, I shall do no otherwise than pleases me.
(Elizabeth to Parliament on the succession issue)

I will never be by violence constrained to do anything.

It is monstrous that the feet should direct the head.
(Elizabeth to Parliament)

Let this my discipline stand you in good stead of sorer strokes, never to tempt too far a Prince's patience.
(Elizabeth to Parliament)

A strength to harm is perilous in the hand of an ambitious head.
(Elizabeth in a letter to Henry Sidney, 1565)

With your head and my purse I could do anything.
(Possibly apocryphal. Reputedly spoken by Elizabeth to William Cecil)

Unbridled persons whose mouths were never snaffled by the rider, did rashly ride.
(Elizabeth to Parliament, 1566, reasserting her authority)

I will have here but one mistress and no master.
(Elizabeth to Robert Dudley)

You are like my little dog; when people see you, they know I am nearby.
(Elizabeth to Robert Dudley)

What availeth wit when it fails the owner at greatest need?
(Elizabeth to Robert Dudley on his performance in the Netherlands)




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