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A collection of famous quotes and sayings by Elizabeth I of England on power, ambition, love, relationship, pain, fear, God and work.

93 Famous Quotes By Elizabeth I Of England—The Last Tudor Monarch

Quick Facts

Famous As: Queen of England

Born On: September 7, 1533

Died On: March 24, 1603

Born In: Palace of Placentia

Founder / Co Founder: Westminster School, Jesus College, Oxford, Elizabeth College, Guernsey, Trinity College, Dublin

Died At Age: 69

The last of the five monarchs of the House of Tudor, Elizabeth I became the queen of England at the age of 17 and remained so till her last breath. She was known for her intelligence, valour, and perseverance. She believed in hard-work and went on to achieve great heights as the Queen of England. She successfully managed to safeguard England through the testing days of the Spanish Armada. During her reign arts, trade, and exploration flourished. We have a list of her quotes collected from her speeches and writing. Let’s look at Elizabeth I’s quotes on power, ambition, love, relationship, pain, fear, God, and work. 

The doubt of future foes exiles my present joy.

Elizabeth I of England

Hang Irish harpers wherever found.

Elizabeth I of England

... [ellipsis in source] it is true that the world was made in six days, but it was by God, to whose power the infirmity of men isnot to be compared.

Elizabeth I of England

My mortal foe can no ways wish me a greater harm than England's hate; neither should death be less welcome unto me than such a mishap betide me.

Elizabeth I of England

If our web be framed with rotten handles, when our loom is well nigh done, our work is new to begin. God send the weaver true prentices again, and let them be denizens.

Elizabeth I of England

It has been always held for a special principle in friendship that prosperity provideth but adversity proveth friends.

Elizabeth I of England

I have no desire to make windows into men's souls.

Elizabeth I of England

Young heads take example of the ancient

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There is small disproportion betwixt a fool who useth not wit because he hath it not and him that useth it not when it should avail him.

Elizabeth I of England

There is nothing about which I am more anxious than my country, and for its sake I am willing to die ten deaths, if that be possible.

Elizabeth I of England

Mr. Doctor, that loose gown becomes you so well I wonder your notions should be so narrow.

Elizabeth I of England

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

Elizabeth I of England

The name of a successor is like the tolling of my own death-bell!

Elizabeth I of England

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 I of England

I pluck up the good lissome 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.

Elizabeth I of England

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.

Elizabeth I of England

O Fortune, how thy restless, wavering state has fraught with cares my troubled wit!

Elizabeth I of England

[On being told Mary, Queen of Scots, was taller than she:] Then she is too high, for I myself am neither too high nor too low.

Elizabeth I of England

Who seeketh two strings to one bow, they may shoot strong, but never straight.

Elizabeth I of England

I regret the unhappiness of princes who are slaves to forms and fettered by caution.

Elizabeth I of England

He that will forget God, will also forget his benefactors.

Elizabeth I of England

Be of good cheer, for you will never want, for the bullet was meant for me, though it hit you.

Elizabeth I of England

Had I been crested, not cloven, my Lords, you had not treated me thus.

Elizabeth I of England

Though God hath raised me high, yet this I count the glory of my crown: That I have reigned with your loves.

Elizabeth I of England

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

Elizabeth I of England

I would not open windows into men's souls.

Elizabeth I of England

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 of England

For, what is a family without a steward, a ship without a pilot, a flock without a shepherd, a body without a head, the same, I think, is a kingdom without the health and safety of a good monarch.

Elizabeth I of England

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

Elizabeth I of England

I am already bound unto an husband, which is the kingdom of England.

Elizabeth I of England

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 of England

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.

Elizabeth I of England

[When opposed by leaders of her Council:] I will make you shorter by the head!

Elizabeth I of England

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

Elizabeth I of England

Princes have big ears which hear far and near.

Elizabeth I of England

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.

Elizabeth I of England

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.

Elizabeth I of England

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.

Elizabeth I of England

A good face is the best letter of recommendation.

Elizabeth I of England

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.

Elizabeth I of England

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

Elizabeth I of England

Eyes of youth have sharp sight but commonly not so deep as those of elder age.

Elizabeth I of England

No foteball player be used or suffered within the City of London and the liberties thereof upon pain of imprisonment.

Elizabeth I of England

Affection! Affection is false.

Elizabeth I of England

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.

Elizabeth I of England

I will never be by violence constrained to do anything.

Elizabeth I of England

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

Elizabeth I of England

I don't keep a dog and bark myself.

Elizabeth I of England

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.

Elizabeth I of England

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

Elizabeth I of England

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.

Elizabeth I of England

There is nothing in the world I hold in greater horror than to see a body moving against its head: and I shall be very careful notto ally myself with such a monster.

Elizabeth I of England

The daughter of debate That still discord doth sow.

Elizabeth I of England

I cannot find it in me to fear a man who took ten years a learning of his alphabet.

Elizabeth I of England

I will have here but one mistress and no master.

Elizabeth I of England

Prosperity provideth, but adversity proveth friends.

Elizabeth I of England

Chastity is the ermine of woman's soul.

Elizabeth I of England

It is monstrous that the feet should direct the head.

Elizabeth I of England

I have seen many a man turn his gold into smoke, but you are the first who has turned smoke into gold.

Elizabeth I of England

There is an Italian proverb which saith, From my enemy let me defend myself; but from a pretensed friend Lord deliver me

Elizabeth I of England

The true sin against the Holy Ghost is ingratitude.

Elizabeth I of England

Words are leaves, the substance consists of deeds, which are the true fruits of a good tree.

Elizabeth I of England

When we hang on to resentments, we poison ourselves. As compulsive overeaters, we cannot afford resentment, since it exacerbates our disease.

Elizabeth I of England

I have already joined myself in marriage to a husband, namely the kingdom of England.

Elizabeth I of England

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 of England

Where might is mixed with wit, there is too good an accord in a government.

Elizabeth I of England

I shall lend credit to nothing against my people which parents would not believe against their own children.

Elizabeth I of England

Must! Is must a word to be addressed to princes? Little man, little man! Thy father, if he had been alive, durst not have used that word.

Elizabeth I of England

The word must is not to be used to princes.

Elizabeth I of England

The end crowneth the work.

Elizabeth I of England

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

Elizabeth I of England

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

Elizabeth I of England

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

Elizabeth I of England

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.

Elizabeth I of England

The past cannot be cured.

Elizabeth I of England

Ye may have a greater prince, but ye shall never have a more loving prince.

Elizabeth I of England

Monarchs ought to put to death the authors and instigators of war, as their sworn enemies and as dangers to their states.

Elizabeth I of England

The stone often recoils on the head of the thrower.

Elizabeth I of England

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

Elizabeth I of England

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.

Elizabeth I of England

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

Elizabeth I of England

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

Elizabeth I of England

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

Elizabeth I of England

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

Elizabeth I of England

Those who appear the most sanctified are the worst.

Elizabeth I of England

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

Elizabeth I of England

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

Elizabeth I of England

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

Elizabeth I of England

A clear and innocent conscience fears nothing.

Elizabeth I of England

I grieve and dare not show my discontent, I love and yet am forced to seem to hate, I do, yet dare not say I ever meant, I seem stark mute but inwardly do prate. I am and not, I freeze and yet am burned, Since from myself another self I turned. 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.

Elizabeth I of England

I will be as good unto ye as ever a Queen was unto her people. No will in me can lack, neither do I trust shall there lack any power. And persuade yourselves that for the safety and quietness of you all I will not spare if need be to spend my blood.

Elizabeth I of England

If there were two princes in Christendom who had good will and courage, it would be very easy to reconcile the religious difficulties; there is only one Jesus Christ and one faith, and all the rest is a dispute over trifles.

Elizabeth I of England

I am no lover of pompous title, but only desire that my name may be recorded in a line or two, which shall briefly express my name, my virginity, the years of my reign, the reformation of religion under it, and my preservation of peace.

Elizabeth I of England