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Elizabeth I Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Elizabeth I

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

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

The end crowneth the work.
- Elizabeth I

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

 

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

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

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

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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

Do not tell secrets to those whose faith and silence
you have not already tested.
- Elizabeth I

The stone often recoils on the head of the thrower.
- Elizabeth I

The word must is not to be used to princes.
- Elizabeth I

I find that I sent wolves not shepherds to govern Ireland,
for they have left me nothing but ashes and carcasses to reign over!
- Elizabeth I

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

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

He who placed me in this seat will keep me here.
- Elizabeth I

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

To be a king and wear a crown is a thing more glorious
to them that see it than it is pleasant to them that bear it.
- Elizabeth I

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

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

A strength to harm is perilous in the hand of an ambitious head.
- Elizabeth I

A clear and innocent conscience fears nothing.
- Elizabeth I

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

It is a natural virtue incident to our sex to be pitiful
of those that are afflicted.
- Elizabeth I

God forgive you, but I never can.
- Elizabeth I

The past cannot be cured.
- Elizabeth I

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

All my possessions for a moment of time.
- Elizabeth I

I have the heart of a man, not a woman,
and I am not afraid of anything.
- Elizabeth I

Brass shines as fair to the ignorant as gold to the goldsmiths.
- Elizabeth I

If we still advise we shall never do.
- Elizabeth I

If thy heart fails thee, climb not at all.
- Elizabeth I

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

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

Though the sex to which I belong is considered weak
you will nevertheless find me a rock that bends to no wind.
- Elizabeth I

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

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

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

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

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

Those who appear the most sanctified are the worst.
- Elizabeth I

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain,
and most fools do.
- Benjamin Franklin

If one does not understand a person,
one tends to regard him as a fool.
- Carl Jung

The only fool bigger than the person who knows it all
is the person who argues with him.
- Stanislaw Jerszy Lec

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question
than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
- Bruce Lee

He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes.
He who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.
- Chinese Proverb

You can fool all the people some of the time,
and some of the people all the time,
but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
- Abraham Lincoln (sometimes attributed to P. T. Barnum)

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
- Henry David Thoreau

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage
to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.
- African Proverb

I am firm; YOU are obstinate; HE is a pig-headed fool.
- Bertrand Russell

If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens,
you can never regain their respect and esteem.
It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time;
you can even fool some of the people all of the time;
but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
- Abraham Lincoln

A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

I know a lot of people think I'm dumb.
Well, at least I ain't no educated fool.
- Leon Spinks

It is not fit that every man should travel;
it makes a wise man better,
and a fool worse.
- William Hazlitt

You can always tell a real friend: when you've made
a fool of yourself he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job.
- Laurence J. Peter

A fool and his money get a lot of publicity.
- Al Bernstein

A man is a fool if he drinks before he reaches the age of 50,
and a fool if he doesn't afterward.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool;
it gives me all the world and exiles me from it.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

You may be able to fool the voters, but not the atmosphere.
- Donella Meadows

A fool and his money are lucky enough to get together in the first place.
- Stanley Weiser

Vote: the instrument and symbol of a freeman's power
to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.
- Ambrose Bierce

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool,
a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.
- Sholom Aleichem

In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it -
thou art a fool.
- Lord Chesterfield

A fool and his money are soon parted.
- Thomas Tusser

There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted,
but now it happens to everybody.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day;
wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.
- Elbert Hubbard

The wise does at once what the fool does at last.
- Baltasar Gracian

He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom.
- James Huneker

I wasn't born a fool.
It took work to get this way.
- Danny Kaye


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