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Elizabeth I
(1533-1603) born on
Sep 07
English ruler. Good Queen Bess ruled Great Britain and N. Ireland, 1558-1603; during her reign England became a world power.
Brass shines as fair to the ignorant as gold to the goldsmiths.

Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
I thank God I am endued with such qualities that if I were turned out of the Realm in my petticoat I were able to live in any place in Christendom.
I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too.
All my possessions for a moment of time.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Letter, 1581.
R: In "Apophthegms," by Francis Bacon, 1625.
A: Speech, Oct 1566.
N: Speech, 8 Aug 1588, to her troops on the approach of the Spanish Armada.
K: Alleged last words.

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