27 Queen Elisabeth II Quotes:

1. “I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.” — QUEEN ELIZABETH II

2. “Cowards falter, but danger is often overcome by those who nobly dare.” — QUEEN ELIZABETH II

3. “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.” — QUEEN ELIZABETH II

4. “I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else – I can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.” — QUEEN ELIZABETH II

5. “The world is not the most pleasant place. Eventually your parents leave you and nobody is going to go out of their way to protect you unconditionally. You need to learn to stand up for yourself and what you believe and sometimes, pardon my language, kick some ass.” — QUEEN ELIZABETH II

6. “Grief is the price we pay for love.” — QUEEN ELIZABETH II

7. “It has always been easy to hate and destroy. To build and to cherish is much more difficult.” — QUEEN ELIZABETH II

8. “Don’t Let the Future Get Down on You.” — QUEEN ELIZABETH II

9.  “We lost the American colonies because we lacked the statesmanship to know the right time and the manner of yielding what is impossible to keep.” — QUEEN ELIZABETH II

10. “In remembering the appalling suffering of war on both sides, we recognise how precious is the peace we have built in Europe since 1945.” — QUEEN ELIZABETH II

11. “It has been women who have breathed gentleness and care into the hard progress of humankind.” — QUEEN ELIZABETH II

12. “When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future.” — QUEEN ELIZABETH II

13. “It’s all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you’re properly trained.” — QUEEN ELIZABETH II

14.  “Discrimination still exists. Some people feel that their own beliefs are being threatened. Some are unhappy about unfamiliar cultures. They all need to be reassured that there is so much to be gained by reaching out to others; that diversity is indeed a strength and not a threat.” — QUEEN ELIZABETH II

15. “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.” — QUEEN ELIZABETH II

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16. “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.” — QUEEN ELIZABETH II

17. “Let us not take ourselves too seriously. None of us has a monopoly on wisdom.” — QUEEN ELIZABETH II

18. “Good memories are our second chance at happiness.” — QUEEN ELIZABETH II

19. “There are long periods when life seems a small, dull round, a petty business with no point, and then suddenly we are caught up in some great event which gives us a glimpse of the solid and durable foundations of our existence.” — QUEEN ELIZABETH II

20. “Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.” — QUEEN ELIZABETH II

21. “True patriotism doesn’t exclude an understanding of the patriotism of others.” — QUEEN ELIZABETH II

22.  “I have behind me not only the splendid traditions and the annals of more than a thousand years but the living strength and majesty of the Commonwealth and Empire; of societies old and new; of lands and races different in history and origins but all, by God’s Will, united in spirit and in aim.” — QUEEN ELIZABETH II

23.  “We all need to get the balance right between action and reflection. With so many distractions, it is easy to forget to pause and take stock.” — QUEEN ELIZABETH II

24. “First, I want to pay tribute to Diana myself. She was an exceptional and gifted human being. In good times and bad, she never lost her capacity to smile and laugh, nor to inspire others with her warmth and kindness. I admired and respected her – for her energy and commitment to others, and especially for her devotion to her two boys.” — QUEEN ELIZABETH II

25. “Work is the rent you pay for the room you occupy on earth.” — QUEEN ELIZABETH II

26. “Family does not necessarily mean blood relatives but often a description of a community, organisation or nation.” — QUEEN ELIZABETH II

27. “The lessons from the peace process are clear; whatever life throws at us, our individual responses will be all the stronger for working together and sharing the load.” — QUEEN ELIZABETH II

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