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The Ultimate List of 76 Queen Elizabeth II Quotes

  1. For me, heaven is likely to be a bit of a come-down.
  2. Grief is the price we pay for love.
  3. I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else – I can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.
  4. I have been aware all the time that my peoples, spread far and wide throughout every continent and ocean in the world, were united to support me in the task to which I have now been dedicated with such solemnity.
  5. I have behind me not only the splendid traditions and the annals of more than a thousand years but the living strength and majesty of the Commonwealth and Empire; of societies old and new; of lands and races different in history and origins but all, by God’s Will, united in spirit and in aim.
  6. I have in sincerity pledged myself to your service, as so many of you are pledged to mine. Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust.
  7. I hope that tomorrow we can all, wherever we are, join in expressing our grief at Diana’s loss, and gratitude for her all-too-short life. It is a chance to show to the whole world the British nation united in grief and respect.
  8. I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.
  9. I myself prefer my New Zealand eggs for breakfast.
  10. It is easy enough to define what the Commonwealth is not. Indeed this is quite a popular pastime.
  11. Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.
  12. My husband has quite simply been my strength and stay all these years, and I owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim.
  13. Oh, dear, I hope it wasn’t anyone important. (said to Clare Short after Short’s phone rang in her handbag during a Privy Council meeting; quoted in Donald Macintyre, “The Queen is on a roll because she understands her role (unlike her son),” The Independent, 2 May 2002)
  14. The Duke of Edinburgh and I are very happy that the Prince of Wales and Mrs Parker Bowles are to marry.
  15. The lessons from the peace process are clear; whatever life throws at us, our individual responses will be all the stronger for working together and sharing the load.
  16. Therefore I am sure that this, my Coronation, is not the symbol of a power and a splendor that are gone but a declaration of our hopes for the future, and for the years I may, by God’s Grace and Mercy, be given to reign and serve you as your Queen.
  17. These wretched babies don’t come until they are ready.
  18. They have overcome Beecher’s Brook and The Chair and all kinds of other obstacles. They have come through and I’m very proud and wish them well. (on Charles and Camilla)
  19. What were once only hopes for the future have now come to pass; it is almost exactly 13 years since the overwhelming majority of people in Ireland and Northern Ireland voted in favour of the agreement signed on Good Friday 1998, paving the way for Northern Ireland to become the exciting and inspirational place that it is today.
  20. Cowards falter, but danger is often overcome by those who nobly dare.
  21. Discrimination still exists. Some people feel that their own beliefs are being threatened. Some are unhappy about unfamiliar cultures. They all need to be reassured that there is so much to be gained by reaching out to others; that diversity is indeed a strength and not a threat.
  22. Families, friends and communities often find a source of courage rising up from within. Indeed, sadly, it seems that it is tragedy that often draws out the most and the best from the human spirit.
  23. Good memories are our second chance at happiness.
  24. I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.
  25. In the turbulence of this anxious and active world many people are leading uneventful, lonely lives. To them dreariness, not disaster, is the enemy. They seldom realize that on their steadfastness, on their ability to withstand the fatigue of dull repetitive work, and on their courage in meeting constant small adversities depend in great measure the happiness and prosperity of the community as a whole. … The upward course of a nation’s history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women.
  26. It has always been easy to hate and destroy. To build and to cherish is much more difficult.
  27. It has been women who have breathed gentleness and care into the hard progress of humankind.
  28. Let us not take ourselves too seriously. None of us has a monopoly on wisdom.
  29. Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.
  30. The true measure of all our actions is how long the good in them lasts…everything we do, we do for the young.
  31. The world is not the most pleasant place. Eventually your parents leave you and nobody is going to go out of their way to protect you unconditionally.
  32. There are long periods when life seems a small, dull round, a petty business with no point, and then suddenly we are caught up in some great event which gives us a glimpse of the solid and durable foundations of our existence.
  33. To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy. With the benefit of historical hindsight we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all.
  34. True patriotism doesn’t exclude an understanding of the patriotism of others.
  35. When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future.
  36. (After being asked why she wasn’t smiling) I simply ache from smiling. Why are women expected to beam all the time? It’s unfair. If a man looks solemn, it’s automatically assumed he’s a serious person, not a miserable one.
  37. [On being criticized for her serious expression:] I simply ache from smiling. Why are women expected to beam all the time? It’s unfair. If a man looks solemn, it’s automatically assumed he’s a serious person, not a miserable one.
  38. [To a woman whose cellphone rang during a formal meeting:] You’d better answer that. It could be someone important.
  39. 1992 is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure. In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be an “Annus Horribilis”. (after a fire at Windsor Castle and several personal scandals in the royal family. Annus horribilis is Latin for “horrible year”; the letter to which the Queen was referring was sent by Sir Edward Ford – Speech at the Guildhall, London, to mark the 40th anniversary of her Accession, 24 November 1992)
  40. And what do you do? (to four British guitar greats, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Brian May, at reception for British music industry at Buckingham Palace March 2005)
  41. Are you a guitarist, too? (to Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page who co-wrote Stairway to Heaven, at Buckingham Palace reception for British music industry March 2005)
  42. Cowards falter, but danger is often overcome by those who nobly dare.
  43. Discrimination still exists. Some people feel that their own beliefs are being threatened. Some are unhappy about unfamiliar cultures. They all need to be reassured that there is so much to be gained by reaching out to others; that diversity is indeed a strength and not a threat. (2004 Christmas message)
  44. Family does not necessarily mean blood relatives but often a description of a community, organisation or nation
  45. First, I want to pay tribute to Diana myself. She was an exceptional and gifted human being. In good times and bad, she never lost her capacity to smile and laugh, nor to inspire others with her warmth and kindness. I admired and respected her – for her energy and commitment to others, and especially for her devotion to her two boys.
  46. For me, heaven is likely to be a bit of a come-down.
  47. Good memories are our second chance at happiness.
  48. Grief is the price we pay for love.
  49. Have you been playing a long time? (to rock legend Eric Clapton about his guitar playing, at Buckingham Palace reception for British music industry March 2005)
  50. I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong. (on her 21st birthday – Royal website)
  51. I don’t like to badmouth people. But I’m the head of a monarchy that began in the ninth century, and I’m apparently more modern than Chris Christie. Look, I know he has to appeal to the crazy right-wingers in his party, but the fact is, he’s not as forward-thinking as an eighty-seven-year-old lady who wears a crown on her head. It’s pathetic.
  52. I have been aware all the time that my peoples, spread far and wide throughout every continent and ocean in the world, were united to support me in the task to which I have now been dedicated with such solemnity.
  53. I have behind me not only the splendid traditions and the annals of more than a thousand years but the living strength and majesty of the Commonwealth and Empire; of societies old and new; of lands and races different in history and origins but all, by God’s Will, united in spirit and in aim.
  54. I have in sincerity pledged myself to your service, as so many of you are pledged to mine. Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust.
  55. I hope people will think very carefully about the future,
  56. I hope that tomorrow we can all, wherever we are, join in expressing our grief at Diana’s loss, and gratitude for her all-too-short life. It is a chance to show to the whole world the British nation united in grief and respect.
  57. I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.
  58. In remembering the appalling suffering of war on both sides, we recognise how precious is the peace we have built in Europe since 1945.
  59. In tomorrow’s world we must all work together as hard as ever, if we’re truly to be United Nations. (The Queen urging nations to work together at her second address of the United Nations)
  60. It’s all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you’re properly trained.
  61. Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.
  62. Madam President, speaking here in Dublin Castle it is impossible to ignore the weight of history, as it was yesterday when you and I laid wreaths at the Garden of Remembrance.
  63. No one who knew Diana will ever forget her. Millions of others who never met her, but felt they knew her, will remember her.
  64. The British constitution has always been puzzling and always will be.
    The events that I have attended to mark my Diamond Jubilee have been a humbling experience. It has touched me deeply to see so many thousands of families, neighbors and friends celebrating together in such a happy atmosphere.
  65. The lessons from the peace process are clear; whatever life throws at us, our individual responses will be all the stronger for working together and sharing the load.
    The upward course of a nation’s history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women.
  66. The world is not the most pleasant place. Eventually your parents leave you and nobody is going to go out of their way to protect you unconditionally. You need to learn to stand up for yourself and what you believe and sometimes, pardon my language, kick some ass.
  67. Therefore I am sure that this, my Coronation, is not the symbol of a power and a splendor that are gone but a declaration of our hopes for the future, and for the years I may, by God’s Grace and Mercy, be given to reign and serve you as your Queen.
  68. They are not royal. They just happen to have me as their aunt.
  69. Those who perpetrate these brutal acts against innocent people should know that they will not change our way of life. (on terrorist bombing attack on London on July 7, 2005)
  70. To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy. With the benefit of historical hindsight we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all.
  71. To what greater inspiration and counsel can we turn than to the imperishable truth to be found in this treasure house, the Bible?
  72. We are a moderate, pragmatic people, more comfortable with practice than theory. (speech in reply to Addresses from both Houses of Parliament in Westminster Hall in the year of Her Golden Jubilee, 30 April 2002)
  73. We lost the American colonies because we lacked the statesmanship to know the right time and the manner of yielding what is impossible to keep.
  74. What were once only hopes for the future have now come to pass; it is almost exactly 13 years since the overwhelming majority of people in Ireland and Northern Ireland voted in favour of the agreement signed on Good Friday 1998, paving the way for Northern Ireland to become the exciting and inspirational place that it is today.
  75. When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future.
  76. Work is the rent you pay for the room you occupy on earth.

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