Talk:Elizabeth I of England

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  • All my possessions for a moment in time.
    • Reputedly her last words
  • Although I may not be a lion, I am a lion's cub, and inherit many of his qualities; and as long as the King of France treats me gently he will find me as gentle and tractable as he can desire; but if he be rough, I shall take the trouble to be just as troublesome and offensive to him as I can.
    • To Parliament, on the Dauphin of France
  • Better to be a begger and single than a queen and married.
  • I am already bound unto an husband, which is the kingdom of England.
    • To Parliament
  • I will have one mistress here, and no master! No man shall rule over me
    • Reputedly said to Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester
  • I would not open windows into men's souls.
    • Attributed to her by Francis Bacon; said to be her response when refusing to sanction an investigation into whether her subjects were secretly Catholic.
  • My lords, the past cannot be cured.
    • Statement to Parliament
  • She almost reluctantly learns to admire her strength and convictions as another powerful, determined woman.
    • To Parliament
  • There is a small proportion betwixt a fool who useth not wit because he hath it not and him that useth it not when it should avail him.
    • To Parliament
  • There is but one Lord, Jesus Christ. One faith. All else is a dispute over trifles.
    • On the Protestant/Catholic divide
  • What will my enemies not say, that for the safety of her life a maiden queen could be content to spill the blood even of her own kinswoman?
  • You are like my little dog. Whenever they see you, they know I am not far behind.
    • Reputedly said to Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester
  • Jesus! Thirteen Thousand!
    • (said to the Archbishop Of Canterbury when he complained about his difficulties in finding enough priests to fill the 13,000 parishes in England)