7 September 1533 – 24 March 1603
Queen of England, occasional poet.
I am your anointed Queen. I will never be by violence constrained to do anything. I thank God that 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.
Speech to Parliament, 5 November 1566
I know what it is to be a subject, and what to be a Sovereign, what to have good neighbours, and sometimes meet evil-willers.
12 November 1586
I will have here but one Mistress, and no Master.
Said to Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester
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.
Speech at Tilbury, 1588
Better a beggarwoman and single than a queen and married.
If thy heart fails the, climb not at all.
Scratched on a window in reply to Walter Raleigh (I feign would climb, yet fear to fall)
The past cannot be cured.
Though the sex to which I belong is considered weak you will nevertheless find me a rock that bends to no wind.
Do not tell secrets to those whose faith and silence you have not tested.
I do consider a multitude doth make rather discord and confusion than good counsel.
Explaining her decision to keep her Privy Council small
A strength to harm is perilous in the hand of an ambitious head.
Letter to Henry Sidney, 1565
I will never be by violence constrained to do anything.
I have no desire to make windows into mens' souls.