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Maria Theresa

  • If I could wish for immortality on earth, it would only be for the power of relieving the distressed.

    • Maria Theresa,
    • in Mrs. Jameson, Memoirs of Celebrated Female Sovereigns ()
  • I do not sleep; I wish to meet my death awake.

    • Maria Theresa,
    • last words (1780), in Mrs. Jameson, Memoirs of Celebrated Female Sovereigns ()

Maria Theresa, Austrian-born German empress and Hungarian queen

(1717 - 1780)