Quotes by Queen Elizabeth II

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In remembering the appalling suffering of war on both sides, we recognise how precious is the peace we have built in Europe since 1945. more...

These wretched babies don't come until they are ready. more...

Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements. more...

The British constitution has always been puzzling and always will be. more...

Like all best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements. more...

No one who knew Diana will ever forget her. Millions of others who never met her, but felt they knew her, will remember her. more...

Ooh you're the best friend that I ever had I've been with you such a long time You're my sunshine and I want you to know That my feelings are true I really love you Oh you're my best friend more...

Football's a difficult business and aren't they prima donnas. But it's a wonderful game. more...

This new power, which has proved itself to be such a terrifying weapon of destruction, is harnessed for the first time for the common good of our community. more...

We all need to get the balance right between action and reflection. With so many distractions, it is easy to forget to pause and take stock. more...

1992 is not a year I shall look back on with undiluted pleasure. In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it hasturned out to be an Annus Horribilis. more...

I should like to be a horse. more...

Work is the rent you pay for the room you occupy on earth. more...

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. more...

I hope people will think very carefully about the future, more...

It has been women who have breathed gentleness and care into the hard progress of humankind. more...

Cowards falter, but danger is often overcome by those who nobly dare. more...

Experience shows that great enterprises seldom end with a tidy and satisfactory flourish. Together, we are doing our best to re-establish peace and civil order in the Gulf region, and to help those members of civil and ethnic minorities who continue to suffer through no fault of their own. If we succeed, our military success will have achieved its true objective. more...

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. more...

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. more...

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. more...

Grief is the price we pay for love. more...

It's all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you're properly trained. more...

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. more...

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. more...

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. more...

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. more...

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. more...

I have to be seen to be believed. more...

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. more...

I myself prefer my New Zealand eggs for breakfast. more...

For many, Christmas is also a time for coming together. But for others, service will come first. more...

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. more...

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. more...

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. more...

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. more...

At Christmas, I am always struck by how the spirit of togetherness lies also at the heart of the Christmas story. A young mother and a dutiful father with their baby were joined by poor shepherds and visitors from afar. They came with their gifts to worship the Christ child. more...

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. more...

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. more...

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. more...

To what greater inspiration and counsel can we turn than to the imperishable truth to be found in this treasure house, the Bible? more...

It is easy enough to define what the Commonwealth is not. Indeed this is quite a popular pastime. more...

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. more...

At its heart, engineering is about using science to find creative, practical solutions. It is a noble profession. more...

They are not royal. They just happen to have me as their aunt. more...

For Christians, as for all people of faith, reflection, meditation and prayer help us to renew ourselves in God's love, as we strive daily to become better people. The Christmas message shows us that this love is for everyone. There is no one beyond its reach. more...

What were once only hopes for the future have now come to pass... more...

Family does not necessarily mean blood relatives but often a description of a community, organisation or nation more...

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 more...

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 more...

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. more...

Let us not take ourselves too seriously. None of us has a monopoly on wisdom. more...

We have all felt those emotions in these last few days. So what I say to you now, as your queen and as a grandmother, I say from my heart. more...

This thing called love, it cries like a baby in a cradle all night. It swings, it jives, it shakes all over like a jelly fish. I kinda like it. more...

You got blood on your face, you big disgrace, waving your banner all over the place. more...

For me, heaven is likely to be a bit of a come-down. more...

Good memories are our second chance at happiness. more...

[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. more...

[To a woman whose cellphone rang during a formal meeting:] You'd better answer that. It could be someone important. more...

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. more...

True patriotism doesn't exclude an understanding of the patriotism of others. more...

It has perhaps always been the case that the waging of peace is the hardest form of leadership of all. more...

[On the 1982 intruder into her bedroom:] I realized immediately that it wasn't a servant because they don't slam doors. more...

[To the suggestion that Great Britain might someday want a Republic:] We'll go quietly. more...

[Before each of numerous portrait sittings:] Now then, with teeth or without? more...

It has turned out to be an annus horribilis. more...

I believe that there is a great fear in our generation of being labeled as priggish. more...

Think what we would have missed if we had never ... used a mobile phone or surfed the Net - or, to be honest, listened to other people talking about surfing the Net. more...

Is this the real life Is this just fantasy Caught in a landslide No escape from reality Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see I'm just a poor boy, I need no sympathy Because I'm easy come, easy go; little high, little low anyway the wind blows doesn't really matter to me To me more...

Insanity laughs under pressure we're cracking Can't we give ourselves one more chance Why can't we give love that one more chance Why can't we give love Cause love's such an old fashioned word and love dares you to care for The people on the edge of the night And love dares you to change our way of Caring about ourselves This is our last dance This is our last dance This is ourselves Under pressure more...

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. more...

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. more...

It is as queen of Canada that I am here. Queen of Canada and all Canadians, not just one or two ancestral strains. more...

I do' 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. more...


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