Famous Quotes

  • Elizabeth I, Queen of England

"I do not live in a corner. A thousand eyes shall see all I do, and calumny will not fasten
upon me forever."

"I am your Queen. What would thou have with me?"

"Was I not born in this realm? As for my own part, I care not for death; for all men are mortal. And though I be a woman, yet I have as good a courage, answerable to my place, as ever my father had. I am your anointed Queen."

"We do not think it consonant in nature that the head should be subject to the foot."

"If I am to disclose to you what I should prefer if I followed in the inclination of my nature, it is this: beggar woman and single far rather than queen and married."

"There is no marvel in a woman learning to speak, but there would be in teaching her to hold her tongue."

  • Sir William Cecil, Lord Burghley

"Win hearts, and you have all men's hands and purses."

"What! All this for a song?"

  • Anne Boleyn

"You have chosen me from low estate to be your queen and companion, far beyond my desert or desire; if, then, you found me worthy of such honor, good your grace, let not any light fancy or bad counsel of my enemies withdraw your princely favor from me; neither let that stain - that unworthy stain - of a disloyal heart towards your good grace ever cast so foul a blot on me, and on the infant princess your daughter."

  “O Death, rock me asleep, Bring me to quiet rest, Let pass my weary guiltless ghost Out of my careful breast.”

"The executioner is, I believe, very expert; and my neck is very slender."

  • Sir Francis Drake

"There is plenty of time to win this game, and to thrash the Spaniards too."

"There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory."

"I must have the gentleman to haul and draw with the mariner, and the mariner with the gentleman ... I would know him that would refuse to set his hand to a rope, but I know there is not any such here."

“For take thy balance if thou be so wise And weigh the wind that under heaven doth blow; Or weigh the light that in the east doth rise; Or weigh the thought that from man's mind doth flow.”

  • William Shakespeare

"To be, or not to be: that is the question."

"Brevity is the soul of wit."

"All the world 's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts."

"It is the east, and Juliet is the sun."

"Beware the ides of March."

"Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble."

  • Edmund Spenser

“Her angel's face, As the great eye of heaven shined bright, And made a sunshine in the shady place.”

“It is the mind that maketh good of ill, that maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor”

 “Sleep after toil, port after stormy seas, Ease after war, death after life does greatly please.”

 “And he that strives to touch the stars, Oft stumbles at a straw.”

  • Sir Walter Ralegh

"Death, which hateth and destroyeth a man, is believed; God, which hath made him and loves him, is always deferred."

"Flatterers are the worst kind of traitors, for they will strengthen thy imperfections, encourage thee in all evils, correct thee in nothing, but so shadow and paint thy follies and vices as thou shalt never, by their will, discover good from evil, or vice from virtue."

“To seek new worlds, for gold, for praise, for glory.”

  • Mary, Queen of Scots

"En ma fin git mon commencement." (In my end is my beginning.)

  • Ben Jonson

"Good men are the stars, the planets of the ages wherein they live, and illustrate the times."

"In small proportions we just beauties see; And in short measures, life may perfect be."

"Success produces confidence; confidence relaxes industry, and negligence ruins the reputation which accuracy had raised. "

  • Christopher Marlowe

"Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscrib'd one self place; for where we are is Hell, and where Hell is, there must we ever be. "

"O, thou art fairer than the evening air clad in the beauty of a thousand stars."

"Was this the face that launched a thousand ships, and burnt the topless towers of Ileum? Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss! "

  • Roger Ascham

 “There is no such whetstone, to sharpen a good wit and encourage a will to learning, as is praise.”

 “To speak as the common people do, to think as wise men do is style.”

 “Learning teacheth more in one year than experience in twenty”