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A collection of famous quotes and sayings by Queen Elizabeth on work, success, leadership, love, grief etc.

62 Famous Quotes By Queen Elizabeth That Prove She Has A Heart Of Gold

Quick Facts

Famous As: Queen of the United Kingdom

Born On: April 21, 1926

Born In: Mayfair, London

In her 1957 Christmas broadcast, Queen Elizabeth II conceded that she could no longer lead the nation in battle or give laws. “But I can do something else - I can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations”, she said in the same breath. Indeed, in spite of changing political climate, she remains as popular as ever and over the years has spoken on various issues mainly through her broadcasts, inspiring the nation to go forward. Equally conscious of her role as a wife, a mother, a mother-in-law and a grandmother, she has often spoken about her family. Let us now look into some of her quotes work, success, leadership, love, grief etc. 

[To the suggestion that Great Britain might someday want a Republic:] We'll go quietly.

Queen Elizabeth II

These wretched babies don't come until they are ready.

Queen Elizabeth II

This new power, which has proved itself to be such a terrifying weapon of destruction, is harnessed for the first time for the common good of our community.

Queen Elizabeth II

Families, friends and communities often find a source of courage rising up from within. Indeed, sadly, it seems that it is tragedy that often draws out the most and the best from the human spirit.

Queen Elizabeth II

1992 is not a year I shall look back on with undiluted pleasure. In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it hasturned out to be an Annus Horribilis.

Queen Elizabeth II

Think what we would have missed if we had never ... used a mobile phone or surfed the Net -- or, to be honest, listened to other people talking about surfing the Net.

Queen Elizabeth II

[Before each of numerous portrait sittings:] Now then, with teeth or without?

Queen Elizabeth II

I hope people will think very carefully about the future.

Queen Elizabeth II

For me, heaven is likely to be a bit of a come-down.

Queen Elizabeth II

[On the 1982 intruder into her bedroom:] I realized immediately that it wasn't a servant because they don't slam doors.

Queen Elizabeth II

Football's a difficult business and aren't they prima donnas. But it's a wonderful game.

Queen Elizabeth II

[To a woman whose cellphone rang during a formal meeting:] You'd better answer that. It could be someone important.

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What were once only hopes for the future have now come to pass.

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I believe that there is a great fear in our generation of being labeled as priggish.

Queen Elizabeth II

I should like to be a horse.

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It has perhaps always been the case that the waging of peace is the hardest form of leadership of all.

Queen Elizabeth II

True patriotism doesn't exclude an understanding of the patriotism of others.

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They are not royal. They just happen to have me as their aunt.

Queen Elizabeth II

It's all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you're properly trained.

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It has turned out to be an annus horribilis.

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Cowards falter, but danger is often overcome by those who nobly dare.

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Work is the rent you pay for the room you occupy on earth.

Queen Elizabeth II

We all need to get the balance right between action and reflection. With so many distractions, it is easy to forget to pause and take stock.

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It has been women who have breathed gentleness and care into the hard progress of humankind.

Queen Elizabeth II

Family does not necessarily mean blood relatives but often a description of a community, organisation or nation.

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Good memories are our second chance at happiness.

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Let us not take ourselves too seriously. None of us has a monopoly on wisdom.

Queen Elizabeth II

When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future.

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I have been aware all the time that my peoples, spread far and wide throughout every continent and ocean in the world, were united to support me in the task to which I have now been dedicated with such solemnity.

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No one who knew Diana will ever forget her. Millions of others who never met her, but felt they knew her, will remember her.

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In remembering the appalling suffering of war on both sides, we recognise how precious is the peace we have built in Europe since 1945.

Queen Elizabeth II

Like all best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.

Queen Elizabeth II

It is easy enough to define what the Commonwealth is not. Indeed this is quite a popular pastime.

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Madam President, speaking here in Dublin Castle it is impossible to ignore the weight of history, as it was yesterday when you and I laid wreaths at the Garden of Remembrance.

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The British constitution has always been puzzling and always will be.

Queen Elizabeth II

I myself prefer my New Zealand eggs for breakfast.

Queen Elizabeth II

Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.

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The upward course of a nation's history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women.

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I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.

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I have in sincerity pledged myself to your service, as so many of you are pledged to mine. Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust.

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My husband has quite simply been my strength and stay all these years, and I owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim.

Queen Elizabeth II

To what greater inspiration and counsel can we turn than to the imperishable truth to be found in this treasure house, the Bible?

Queen Elizabeth II

We lost the American colonies because we lacked the statesmanship to know the right time and the manner of yielding what is impossible to keep.

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I have to be seen to be believed.

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These wretched babies don't come until they are ready.

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At its heart, engineering is about using science to find creative, practical solutions. It is a noble profession.

Queen Elizabeth II

I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else - I can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.

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The lessons from the peace process are clear; whatever life throws at us, our individual responses will be all the stronger for working together and sharing the load.

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For many, Christmas is also a time for coming together. But for others, service will come first.

Queen Elizabeth II

It's all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you're properly trained.

Queen Elizabeth II

At Christmas, I am always struck by how the spirit of togetherness lies also at the heart of the Christmas story. A young mother and a dutiful father with their baby were joined by poor shepherds and visitors from afar. They came with their gifts to worship the Christ child.

Queen Elizabeth II

To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy. With the benefit of historical hindsight we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all.

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The events that I have attended to mark my Diamond Jubilee have been a humbling experience. It has touched me deeply to see so many thousands of families, neighbors and friends celebrating together in such a happy atmosphere.

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I hope that tomorrow we can all, wherever we are, join in expressing our grief at Diana's loss, and gratitude for her all-too-short life. It is a chance to show to the whole world the British nation united in grief and respect.

Queen Elizabeth II

The world is not the most pleasant place. Eventually, your parents leave you and nobody is going to go out of their way to protect you unconditionally. You need to learn to stand up for yourself and what you believe and sometimes, pardon my language, kick some ass.

Queen Elizabeth II

I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.

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I don’t like to badmouth people. But I’m the head of a monarchy that began in the ninth century, and I’m apparently more modern than Chris Christie. Look, I know he has to appeal to the crazy right-wingers in his party, but the fact is, he’s not as forward-thinking as an eighty-seven-year-old lady who wears a crown on her head. It’s pathetic.

Queen Elizabeth II

There are long periods when life seems a small, dull round, a petty business with no point, and then suddenly we are caught up in some great event which gives us a glimpse of the solid and durable foundations of our existence.

Queen Elizabeth II

For Christians, as for all people of faith, reflection, meditation and prayer help us to renew ourselves in God's love, as we strive daily to become better people. The Christmas message shows us that this love is for everyone. There is no one beyond its reach.

Queen Elizabeth II

Experience shows that great enterprises seldom end with a tidy and satisfactory flourish. Together, we are doing our best to re-establish peace and civil order in the Gulf region, and to help those members of civil and ethnic minorities who continue to suffer through no fault of their own. If we succeed, our military success will have achieved its true objective.

Queen Elizabeth II

What were once only hopes for the future have now come to pass; it is almost exactly 13 years since the overwhelming majority of people in Ireland and Northern Ireland voted in favour of the agreement signed on Good Friday 1998, paving the way for Northern Ireland to become the exciting and inspirational place that it is today.

Queen Elizabeth II

I hope that tomorrow we can all, wherever we are, join in expressing our grief at Diana's loss, and gratitude for her all-too-short life. It is a chance to show to the whole world the British nation united in grief and respect.

Queen Elizabeth II