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ELIZABETH I
English queen
(1533 - 1603)

A good face is the best letter of recommendation.
      - [Face]

All my possessions for a moment of time.
      - her last words [Death]

As for my own part, I care not for death; for all men are mortal, and though I be a mortal, yet I have as good a courage answerable to my place as ever my father had. I am your anointed Queen. I will never be by violence constrained to do anything. I thank God I am endued with such qualities that if I were turned out of the realm in my petticoat, I were able to live in any place in Christendom.
      - to a committee of Parliament, found in Chamberlain's "Sayings of Queen Elizabeth"
        [Death : History]

Chastity is the ermine of woman's soul.
      - [Chastity]

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

For me it will be enough that a marble stone should declare that a queen, having reigned such a time, lived and died a virgin.
      - [Virgins]

I pluck up the good lissome herbs of sentences by pruning, eat them by reading, digest them by musing, and lay them up at length in the high seat of memory.
      - [Quotations]

It is good to jest, but not to make a trade of jesting.
      - [Jesting]

Neuer thinke you fortune can beare the sway,
  Where Virtue's force, can cause her to obay.
      - preserved by George Putnam in his "Art of Poesie", bk. III, "Of Ornament"
        [Fortune]

O Fortune, how thy restless, wavering state has fraught with cares my troubled wit!
      - [Woe]

The daughter of debate
  That still discord doth sow.
      - about Mary Queen of Scots [Argument]

The sea, as well as the air, is a free and common thing to all; and a particular nation cannot pretend to have the right to the exclusion of all others, without violating the rights of nature and public usage.
      - [Freedom]

They best pass over the world who trip over it quickly; for it is but a bog. If we stop, we sink.
      - [Worldliness]

'Twas God the word that spake it,
  He took the bread and brake it,
    And what the word did make it,
      That I believe and take it.
      - in Clark's "Ecclesiastical History--Life of Queen Elizabeth", p. 94 (edition 1675)
        [Doctrine]

As the saying is, So many heades, so many wittes.
      - Godly Meditacyon of the Christian Sowle
        [Opinion]

. . . Therefore I am wel pleased to take any coulor to defend your honour and hope you wyl remember that who seaketh two strings to one bowe, he may shute strong but never strait.
      - Letter X, to James VI [Prudence]

If thy heart fails thee, climb not at all.
      - Worthies of England (vol. I, p. 419),
        by Thomas Fuller, (written on window pane under words written by Raleigh)
        [Ambition : Fear : Proverbs]


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