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“... my heart turns to and fro, / In thinking what will the people say, / They who shall see my monument in after years, / And shall speak of what I have done.”
“So as regards these two great obelisks, / Wrought with electrum by my majesty for my father Amun, / In order that my name may endure in this temple, / For eternity and everlastingness, / They are each of one block of hard granite, / Without seam, with joining together!”
“My mouth is effective in its speech; I do not go back on my word.”
“Lo, the god knows me well, / ... / No one rebels against me in all lands. / All foreign lands are my subjects, / He placed my border at the limits of heaven ...”
“My command stands firm like the mountains.”
Queen Hatshepsut, Egyptian queen
(c. 1450 BCE)