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.
If we still advise we shall never do.
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. I will never be by violence constrained to do anything. I thank God I am indeed endowed 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.
Where might is mixed with wit, there is too good an accord in a government.
It is a natural virtue incident to our sex to be pitiful of those that are afflicted.
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.
A strength to harm is perilous in the hand of an ambitious head.
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.
I find that I sent wolves not shepherds to govern Ireland, for they have left me nothing but ashes and carcasses to reign over!
Monarchs ought to put to death the authors and instigators of war, as their sworn enemies and as dangers to their states.
Fear not, we are of the nature of the lion, and cannot descend to the destruction of mice and such small beasts.
I would rather be a beggar and single than a queen and married.
Though the sex to which I belong is considered weak you will nevertheless find me a rock that bends to no wind.
Brass shines as fair to the ignorant as gold to the goldsmiths.
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.
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.
I would rather go to any extreme than suffer anything that is unworthy of my reputation, or of that of my crown.
The past cannot be cured.
I pray to God that I shall not live one hour after I have thought of using deception.