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Queen Christina

  • Fools are more to be feared than the wicked.

    • Queen Christina,
    • 1680, in Mrs. Jameson, Memoirs of Celebrated Female Sovereigns ()
  • We read for instruction, for correction, and for consolation.

    • Queen Christina,
    • 1680, in Mrs. Jameson, Memoirs of Celebrated Female Sovereigns ()
  • We grow old more through indolence than through age.

    • Queen Christina,
    • 1680, in Mrs. Jameson, Memoirs of Celebrated Female Sovereigns ()
  • I was born, have lived, and will die free.

    • Queen Christina,
    • motto on a medal she had struck in 1689, in Mrs. Jameson, Memoirs of Celebrated Female Sovereigns ()
  • Ignorance is not innocence.

    • Queen Christina,
    • "Maxims" (1680), in Henry Woodhead, ed., Memoirs of Christina, Queen of Sweden, vol. 2 ()
  • Great armies are nothing but a collection of weakness.

    • Queen Christina,
    • "Maxims" (1680), in Henry Woodhead, ed., Memoirs of Christina, Queen of Sweden, vol. 2 ()
  • There are few prisoners more closely guarded than princes.

    • Queen Christina,
    • "Maxims" (1680), in Henry Woodhead, ed., Memoirs of Christina, Queen of Sweden, vol. 2 ()
  • Life becomes useless and insipid when we have no longer either friends or enemies.

    • Queen Christina,
    • "Maxims" (1680), in Henry Woodhead, ed., Memoirs of Christina, Queen of Sweden, vol. 2 ()
  • ... dignity is like a perfume; those who use perfumes are scarcely conscious of them.

    • Queen Christina,
    • in Margaret Goldsmith, Christina of Sweden: A Psychological Biography ()
  • Perhaps they will advise you to demand my hand openly. But I beseech you, by all that is holy, to have patience for some time, until you have acquired a reputation in the war, and until I have a crown on my head. I entreat you not to consider this time as too long to wait, but to think of the old saying: 'He does not wait too long who waits for something good.' And I hope, by God's blessing, that it is indeed a good thing we are both waiting for.

    • Queen Christina,
    • letter to Charles Gustavus (c. 1643), in Margaret Goldsmith, Christina of Sweden: A Psychological Biography ()
  • To some people everything is permitted.

    • Queen Christina,
    • in Margaret Goldsmith, Christina of Sweden: A Psychological Biography ()
  • He knows the name of a chair in dozens of languages, but he does not know how to sit down on even one.

    • Queen Christina,
    • in Margaret Goldsmith, Christina of Sweden: A Psychological Biography ()
  • It would not be difficult to be a better ruler than I was: for I admit that I ruled badly; and even if I was fortunate enough to satisfy my subjects, I was not fortunate enough to satisfy myself.

    • Queen Christina,
    • in Margaret Goldsmith, Christina of Sweden: A Psychological Biography ()
  • It is a far greater happiness to obey no one than to rule the whole world.

    • Queen Christina,
    • in Margaret Goldsmith, Christina of Sweden: A Psychological Biography ()
  • I am sending you two hundred ducats, which is less than you deserve and also less than I should like to give. But my own blushes will avenge you for the smallness of the sum. Say nothing about this to any one or I shall be mortally offended.

    • Queen Christina,
    • in Margaret Goldsmith, Christina of Sweden: A Psychological Biography ()
  • Every man is his own worst enemy

    • Queen Christina,
    • in Margaret Goldsmith, Christina of Sweden: A Psychological Biography ()
  • One can really love only once.

    • Queen Christina,
    • in Margaret Goldsmith, Christina of Sweden: A Psychological Biography ()
  • It is quite as ignominious to allow oneself to be deceived as to deceive.

    • Queen Christina,
    • in Margaret Goldsmith, Christina of Sweden: A Psychological Biography ()
  • Other things titillate me more keenly than the pale pleasures of marriage.

    • Queen Christina,
    • 1654, in Edgar H. Cohen, Mademoiselle Libertine ()
  • It is necessary to try to surpass one's self always; this occupation ought to last as long as life.

    • Queen Christina

Queen Christina, Swedish

(1626 - 1689)

Full name: Queen Christina (or Kristina) Augusta.