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" If thy heart fails thee, climb not at all. "
" Fear not, we are of the nature of the lion, and cannot descend to the destruction of mice and such small beasts. "
" Where minds differ and opinions swerve there is scant a friend in that company. "
" A clear and innocent conscience fears nothing. "
" Do not tell secrets to those whose faith and silence you have not already tested. "
" Those who appear the most sanctified are the worst. "
" 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. "
" I would rather be a beggar and single than a queen and married. "
" One man with a head on his shoulders is worth a dozen without. "
" 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. "
" God forgive you, but I never can. "
" 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. "
" I would rather go to any extreme than suffer anything that is unworthy of my reputation, or of that of my crown. "
" A fool too late bewares when all the peril is past. "
" Monarchs ought to put to death the authors and instigators of war, as their sworn enemies and as dangers to their states. "
" Brass shines as fair to the ignorant as gold to the goldsmiths. "
" All my possessions for a moment of time. "
" I do not want a husband who honours me as a queen, if he does not love me as a woman. "
" It is a natural virtue incident to our sex to be pitiful of those that are afflicted. "
" I do not choose that my grave should be dug while I am still alive. "
" He who placed me in this seat will keep me here. "
" 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. "
" The past cannot be cured. "
" If we still advise we shall never do. "
" Though the sex to which I belong is considered weak you will nevertheless find me a rock that bends to no wind. "
" Where might is mixed with wit, there is too good an accord in a government. "
" A strength to harm is perilous in the hand of an ambitious head. "
" 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. "
" There is one thing higher than Royalty: and that is religion, which causes us to leave the world, and seek God. "
" 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. "
" Ye may have a greater prince, but ye shall never have a more loving prince. "