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Elizabeth II

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

    • Elizabeth II,
    • 1949, in Godfrey Winn, The Young Queen ()
  • 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.

    • Elizabeth II,
    • the Queen's Christmas radio broadcast ()
  • [Before each of numerous portrait sittings:] Now then, with teeth or without?

    • Elizabeth II,
    • in Robert Lacey, Majesty ()
  • [To the suggestion that Great Britain might someday want a Republic:] We'll go quietly.

    • Elizabeth II,
    • in Ann Morrow, The Queen ()
  • [On the 1982 intruder into her bedroom:] I realized immediately that it wasn't a servant because they don't slam doors.

    • Elizabeth II,
    • in Ann Morrow, The Queen ()
  • [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.

    • Elizabeth II,
    • in New Woman ()
  • True patriotism doesn't exclude an understanding of the patriotism of others.

    • Elizabeth II,
    • in Michèle Brown and Ann O'Connor, Woman Talk, vol. 1 ()
  • It has turned out to be an annus horribilis.

    • Elizabeth II,
    • on a year of scandals, in U.S. News & World Report ()
  • 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.

    • Elizabeth II,
    • in Daily Telegraph ()
  • Grief is the price we pay for love.

    • Elizabeth II,
    • message read at the service of remembrance in New York for British victims of 9/11 ()
  • [To a woman whose cellphone rang during a formal meeting:] You'd better answer that. It could be someone important.

    • Elizabeth II,
    • news item ()
  • It has perhaps always been the case that the waging of peace is the hardest form of leadership of all.

    • Elizabeth II,
    • in Newsweek ()

Elizabeth II, English queen


Full name: Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, Queen Elizabeth II.