Elizabeth I quotes

Born
7 September 1533 Palace of Placentia, Greenwich, England.

Died
24 March 1603.

Occupation
Queen.

Elizabeth I was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death on 24 March 1603. In government, Elizabeth was more moderate than her father and half-siblings had been. One of her mottoes was “video et taceo” (“I see but say nothing”). In religion, she was relatively tolerant and avoided systematic persecution.

A clear and innocent conscience fears nothing.
– Elizabeth I
If we still advise we shall never do.
– 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
I shall lend credit to nothing against my people which parents would not believe against their own children.
– Elizabeth I
God forgive you, but I never can.
– 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
Where minds differ and opinions swerve there is scant a friend in that company.
– Elizabeth I
I would rather be a beggar and single than a queen and married.
– Elizabeth I
I pray to God that I shall not live one hour after I have thought of using deception.
– Elizabeth I
Do not tell secrets to those whose faith and silence you have not already tested.
– Elizabeth I
He who placed me in this seat will keep me here.
– 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
A fool too late bewares when all the peril is past.
– 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 choose that my grave should be dug while I am still alive.
– 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
Though the sex to which I belong is considered weak you will nevertheless find me a rock that bends to no wind.
– 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
All my possessions for a moment of time.
– 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
A strength to harm is perilous in the hand of an ambitious head.
– Elizabeth I
The past cannot be cured.
– Elizabeth I
One man with a head on his shoulders is worth a dozen without.
– 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