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; and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe should dare to invade the borders of my realm.
QUEEN ELIZABETH I, speech to the troops at Tilbury on the approach of the Armada, 1588
I think 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 Christome.
QUEEN ELIZABETH I, Chamberlain's Sayings of Queen Elizabeth
In the end this shall be for me sufficient, that a marble stone shall declare that a Queen, having reigned such a time, lived and died a virgin.
ELIZABETH I, Collected Works
The use of sea and air is common to all; neither can a title to the ocean belong to any people or private persons, forasmuch as neither nature nor public use and custom permit any possession therof.
ELIZABETH I, Letters
Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.