Elizabeth I

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A kingdom knows no kindred. Negotiating & Negotiations
After my brother's death they openly preached and set forth that my sister and I were bastards. Well, I wish not the death of any man, but only this I desire, that they which have been the practisers herein may before their deaths repent the same, and show some open confession of their fault Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
against the form or meaning of any restraint or ordinance, contained or to be contained, in any statute of this realm. Freedom & Liberty
All common players of interludes [actors] ... other than players belonging to any baron of this realm ... or to be authorized to play under the hand and seal of such baron or personage, shall be adjudged and deemed rogues and vagabonds. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Because the goods of the Church are called the goods of the poor, and at these days nothing is less seen, than the poor to be sustained with the same; all parsons, vicars, … and other beneficed men within this deanery, … shall distribute hereafter among their poor parishioners, or other inhabitants there, in the presence of the churchwardens, or some other honest man of the parish, the fortieth part of the fruits and revenues of their said benefice lest they be worthily noted of ingratitude Religion & God
Brass shines as fair to the ignorant as gold to the goldsmith. Human Nature
Diverse persons called or professed Jesuits, seminary priests, and other priests, which have been, and from time to time are made in the parts beyond the seas, by or according to the order and rites of the Romish Church, have of late years come and been sent, and daily do come and are sent, into this realm of England and other the queen's majesty's dominions, of purpose (as has appeared, as well by sundry of their own examinations and confessions, as by divers other manifest means and proofs) not only to withdraw her highness's subjects from their due obedience to her majesty, but also to stir up and move sedition, rebellion, and open hostility within the same her highness's realms and dominions, to the great endangering of the safety of her most royal person, and to the utter ruin, desolation, and overthrow of the whole realm, if the same be not the sooner by some good means foreseen and prevented Religion & God
Fear creates fear. Miscellaneous
For the better discovering and avoiding of all such traitorous and most dangerous conspiracies and attempts as are daily devised and practiced against our most gracious sovereign lady the queen's majesty and the happy estate of this commonweal, by sundry wicked and seditious persons, who, terming themselves Catholics, and being indeed spies and intelligencers, not only for her majesty's foreign enemies, but also for rebellious and traitorous subjects born within her highness's realms and dominions, and hiding their most detestable and devilish purposes under a false pretext of religion and conscience, do secretly wander and shift from place to place within this realm, to corrupt and seduce her majesty's subjects, and to stir them to sedition and rebellion … Religion & God
Furthermore her Maiestie wylleth and commaundeth all maner her officers, … or Capitaynes of Castles upon the seas, and al other havying any office in Port townes or places of landyng, that they shall foorth with, as they wyll aunswere at their uttermost peryll, to do theyr uttermost in their jurisdictions to enquire, lay wayte, and thereby apprehende al maner of persons that do haunt the seas with any kynde of vessels armed, beying not an apparaunt merchaunt Military & Veterans
Go and travel thither to inhabit or remain there, to build and fortify … take and lead in the same voyages with him … such and so many of our subjects as shall willingly accompany him… Immigration & Emigration
Her highness doth charge and command, all manner of her subjects, as well those that be called to ministry in the Church as all others, that they do forbear to preach, or teach, or to give audience to any manner of doctrine or preaching other than to the Gospels and Epistles, commonly called the Gospel and Epistle of the day, and to the Ten Commandments in the vulgar tongue, without exposition or addition of any manner, sense, or meaning to be applied and added; or to use any other manner of public prayer, rite, or ceremony in the Church, but that which is already used and by law received; or the common Litany used at this present in her majesty's own chapel, and the Lord's Prayer, and the Creed in English; until consultation may be had by Parliament, by her majesty and her three estates of this realm, for the better conciliation and accord of such causes, as at this present are moved in matters and ceremonies of religion. Religion & God
How I have been deceived! I was expecting a diplomatic mission, but you have brought me a quarrel! By virtue of your testimonials I have received you as an ambassador, but I have found you instead a challenger … you give me the impression of having studied many books, but not yet of having graduated to the books of Princes, rather remaining ignorant of the dealings between Kings. Diplomacy & Diplomats
I am your anointed Queen. I will never be by violence constrained to do anything. Terrorism
I do not like wars. They have uncertain outcomes. War & Peace
I have a bath every month whether I need it or not. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
I have no desire to make windows into men’s souls. Religion & God
I have seen many a man turn his gold into smoke, but you are the first who has turned smoke into gold. History
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 ... Leaders & Leadership
I know the title of a King is a glorious title, but assure yourself that the shining glory of princely authority hath not so dazzled the eyes of our understanding, but that we well know and remember that we also are to yield an account of our actions before the Great Judge. Miscellaneous
I will never break the word of a prince spoken in a public place, for my honor's sake. Management & Managing Government
I,_______________, do utterly testify and declare in my conscience, that the queen's highness is the only supreme governor of this realm, and of all other her highness's dominions and countries, as well in all spiritual or ecclesiastical things or causes, as temporal, and that no foreign prince, person, prelate, state or potentate, has, or ought to have, any jurisdiction, power, superiority, preeminence, or authority ecclesiastical or spiritual, within this realm; and therefore I do utterly renounce and forsake all foreign jurisdictions, powers, superiorities, and authorities, and do promise that from henceforth I shall bear faith and true allegiance to the queen's highness, her heirs and lawful successors, and to my power shall assist and defend all jurisdictions, pre-eminences, privileges, and authorities granted or belonging to the queen's highness, her heirs and successors, or united and annexed to the imperial crown of this realm. So help me God, and by the contents of this book Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
If [written] lines could value life, or thanks could answer praise, I should esteem my pen’s labor the best employed time that many years had lent me …. Your most loving cousin and sovereign. ER Management & Managing Government
If any person or persons dwelling or inhabiting within this your realm, or in any other your highness's realms or dominions, of what estate, dignity, or degree soever he or they be, after the end of thirty days next after the determination of this session of this present Parliament, shall by writing, printing, teaching, preaching, express words, deed or act, advisedly, maliciously, and directly affirm, hold, stand with, set forth, maintain, or defend the authority, preeminence, power or jurisdiction, spiritual or ecclesiastical, of any foreign prince, prelate, person, state, or potentate whatsoever, heretofore claimed, used, or usurped within this realm, or any dominion or country being within or under the power, dominion, or obeisance of your highness, or shall advisedly, maliciously, and directly put in ure or execute anything for the extolling, advancement, setting forth, maintenance, or defense of any such pretended or usurped jurisdiction, power, preeminence, or authority, or any part thereof; that then every such person and persons so doing and offending, their abettors, aiders, procurers, and counselors, being thereof lawfully convicted and attainted, according to the due order and course of the common laws of this realm, for his or their first offence shall forfeit and lose unto your highness, your heirs and successors, all his and their goods and chattels, as well real as personal. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
if any person or persons shall at any time hereafter relieve, maintain, retain, or keep in his or their house or otherwise, any person which shall obstinately refuse to come to some church, chapel, or usual place of common prayer, to hear divine service, and shall forbear the same by the space of a month together, contrary to the laws and statutes of this realm; that then every person who shall so relieve, maintain, retain, or keep any such person offending as aforesaid, after notice thereof to him or them given by the ordinary of the diocese, or any justice of assizes of the circuit, or any justice of peace of the county, or the minister, curate, or churchwardens of the parish where such person shall then be, or by any of them, shall forfeit to the queen's majesty for every person so relieved, maintained, retained, or kept, after such notice as aforesaid, ten pounds for every month that he or they shall so relieve, maintain, retain, or keep any such person so offending Religion & God
In every parish three or four discreet men … shall be appointed by the ordinaries [regular ministers] diligently to see that all the parishioners duly resort to their church upon all Sundays and holy days Religion & God
In trust I have found treason. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In upright demeanor there's ever more poise than all disguised shows of good can do. Public Relations & Image
it shall not be lawful for any person of or under her highness's obedience … to send his or her child, or other person, being under his or her government, into any the parts beyond the seas out of her highness's obedience, without the special license of her majesty, or of four of her highness's privy council Religion & God
Kings were wont to honour philosophers, but if I had such I would honour them as angels. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Monarches ought to put to death the authors and instigators of war, as their sworn enemies and as dangers to their states. War & Peace
My loving people, we have been persuaded by some, that are careful of our safety, to take heed how we commit ourselves to armed multitudes, for fear of treachery; but I assure you, I do not desire to live to distrust my faithful and loving people. Let tyrants fear; I have always so behaved myself that, under God, I have placed my chiefest strength and safeguard in the loyal hearts and good will of my subjects. And therefore I am come amongst you at this time, not as for my recreation or sport, but being resolved, in the midst and heat of the battle, to live or die amongst you all; to lay down, for my God, and for my kingdom, and for my people, my honor and my blood Leaders & Leadership
My Noble Intelligencer …. My Ubiquitous Eyes Nicknames
No foreign prince, person, prelate, state, or potentate, spiritual or temporal, shall at any time after the last day of this session of Parliament, use, enjoy, or exercise any manner of power, jurisdiction, superiority, authority, preeminence or privilege, spiritual or ecclesiastical, within this realm, or within any other your majesty's dominions or countries that now be, or hereafter shall be, but from thenceforth the same shall be clearly abolished out of this realm, and all other your highness's dominions for ever; any statute, ordinance, custom, constitutions, or any other matter or cause whatsoever to the contrary in any wise notwithstanding. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Of myself I must say this: I never was any greedy, scraping grasper, nor a strait fast-holding Prince, nor yet a waster. My heart was never set on any worldly goods. What you bestow on me, I will not hoard it up, but receive it to bestow on you again. Taxes
Our realm and subjects have been long wanderers, walking astray, whilst they were under the tuition of Romish pastors, who advised them to own a wolf [the Pope] for their head (in lieu of a careful shepherd) whose inventions, heresies and schisms be so numerous, that the flock of Christ have fed on poisonous shrubs for want of wholesome pastures. Religion & God
Princes have big ears which hear far and near. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Tell your King what good I have done for him in holding the crown on his head since he was born. Discrimination & Prejudice ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
the parson, vicar, or curate, and parishioners of every parish within this realm, shall in their churches and chapels keep one book or register, wherein they shall write the day and year of every wedding, christening, and burial made within their parish for their time, and so every man succeeding them likewise; and also therein shall write every person's name that shall be so wedded, christened, and buried. And for the safe keeping of the same book, the parish shall be bound to provide of their common charges one sure coffer, with two locks and keys, whereof the one to remain with the parson, vicar, or curate, and the other with the wardens of every parish church or chapel, wherein the said book shall be laid up Religion & God
The use of the sea and air is common to all; neither can the title to the ocean belong to any people or private persons, forasmuch as neither nature nor public use and custom permit any possession thereof. Miscellaneous
The word “must” may not be used to princes. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
There can be no greater folly than by fearing that which is not. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
There is no debt more lawful than the word of a just man nor anything which binds our actions more than a promise. Diplomacy & Diplomats
There will never Queen sit in my seat with more zeal to my country, care to my subjects and that will sooner with willingness venture her life for your good and safety than myself. …. And though you have had, and may have, many princes more mighty and wise sitting in this seat, yet you never had nor shall have, any that will be more careful and loving. Leaders & Leadership
They are most deceived that trusteth most in themselves. Leaders & Leadership
Though you have had, and may have, many mightier and wiser princes sitting in this seat, yet you never had, nor shall have, any that will love you better. Leaders & Leadership
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. Leaders & Leadership
To tax and be loved is not given man. Taxes
'Was I not born in the realm? Were my parents born in any foreign country? Is not my kingdom here? Whom have I oppressed? Whom have I enriched to another's harm? What turmoil have I made in this commonwealth that I should be suspected to have no regard to the same? How have I governed since my reign? Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Was it not you, or such like advisers, that dissuaded her and stirred her up against us and other of the subjects? Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
We do not conceive in our heart to take a husband, but highly commend this single life, and hope that your Serene Highness will no longer spend time in waiting for us. Miscellaneous
Where might is mixed with wit, there is too good an accord in a government. Government
Who seeketh two strings to one bow, he may shoot strong but never straight. Policy & Policy Making
Without respect of my private will, you will give me that counsel you think best. Miscellaneous
Your petition is to deal in the limitation of the succession. At this present it is not convenient, nor never shall be without some peril unto you, and certain danger unto me. But as soon as there may be a convenient time and that it may be done with least peril unto you, although never without great danger unto me, I will deal therein for your safety and offer it unto you as your prince and head without requests. For it is monstrous that the feet should direct the head. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
A clear and innocent conscience fears nothing.
A fool too late bewares when all the peril is past.
A strength to harm is perilous in the hand of an ambitious head.
All my possessions for a moment of time. Time
Brass shines as fair to the ignorant as gold to the goldsmiths.
Do not tell secrets to those whose faith and silence you have not already tested. Religion & God
Fear not, we are of the nature of the lion, and cannot descend to the destruction of mice and such small beasts. Nature
God forgive you, but I never can. Religion & 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. Religion & God
He who placed me in this seat will keep me here.
I do not choose that my grave should be dug while I am still alive.
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. Religion & God
I do not want a husband who honours me as a queen, if he does not love me as a woman. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I find that I sent wolves not shepherds to govern Ireland, for they have left me nothing but ashes and carcasses to reign over!
I have the heart of a man, not a woman, and I am not afraid of anything.
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.
I pray to God that I shall not live one hour after I have thought of using deception. Religion & God
I shall lend credit to nothing against my people which parents would not believe against their own children.
I would rather be a beggar and single than a queen and married.
I would rather go to any extreme than suffer anything that is unworthy of my reputation, or of that of my crown.
If thy heart fails thee, climb not at all.
If we still advise we shall never do.
It is a natural virtue incident to our sex to be pitiful of those that are afflicted.
Monarchs ought to put to death the authors and instigators of war, as their sworn enemies and as dangers to their states. Death ;War & Peace
Must! Is must a word to be addressed to princes? Little man, little man! Thy father, if he had been alive, durst not have used that word.
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. Death
One man with a head on his shoulders is worth a dozen without.
The end crowneth the work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The past cannot be cured.
The stone often recoils on the head of the thrower.
The word must is not to be used to princes.
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.
There is one thing higher than Royalty: and that is religion, which causes us to leave the world, and seek God. Religion & God
Those who appear the most sanctified are the worst.
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.
Though the sex to which I belong is considered weak you will nevertheless find me a rock that bends to no wind.
Where minds differ and opinions swerve there is scant a friend in that company.
Ye may have a greater prince, but ye shall never have a more loving prince.