QUEEN ELIZABETH I
Queen Elizabeth I
Dost thou think me so unlike myself and unmindful of my royal majesty that I would prefer my servant whom I myself have raised, before the greatest prince of Christendom...?
(Elizabeth on the rumour she would rather marry Robert Dudley than the Duke of Alencon)
Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
(Elizabeth to Sir Edward Dyer)
There is no marvel in a woman learning to speak, but there would be in teaching her to hold her tongue.
(Elizabeth to the French Ambassador after he had praised her linguistic skills)
From mine enemy let me defend myself; from a pretensed friend, good lord deliver me.
I know I am but mortal and so therewhilst prepare myself for death, whensoever it shall please God to send it.
(Elizabeth to Parliament in response to the succession issue)
If I should say the sweetest speech with the eloquentest tongue that ever was in man, I were not able to express that restless care which I have ever bent to govern for the greatest wealth.
(Elizabeth to Parliament, 1576)
No prince herein, I confess, can be silver tied or faster bound than I am with the link of your good will.
(Elizabeth to Parliament)
I have had good experience and trial of this world...I know what it is to be a subject, what to be a sovereign, what to have good neighbours, and sometimes meet evil willers. I have found treason in trust, seen great benefits little regarded.
(Elizabeth's speech to Parliamentary Delegation, 1586)
What will my enemies not say, that for the safety of her life a maiden queen could be content to spill the blood even of her own kinswoman?
(Elizabeth to another Parliamentary Delegation (1586), begging her to proceed with the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots)
Your judgement I condemn not, neither do I mistake your reasons, but pray you to accept my thankfulness, excuse my doubtfulness, and take in good part my answer, answerless.
(Elizabeth to Parliamentary Delegation again in regards to the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots)
You lawyers are so nice and precise in shifting and scanning every word and letter that many times you stand more upon form than matter, upon syllables than the sense of the law.
(Elizabeth to lawyers urging her to execute the Queen of Scots)