December 1, 2016

Queen Victoria Quotes

“A marriage is no amusement but a solemn act, and generally a sad one.”

“A strange, horrible business, but I suppose good enough for Shakespeare’s day.”

“An ugly baby is a very nasty object – and the prettiest is frightful.”

“Being married gives one one’s position like nothing else can.”

“Being pregnant is an occupational hazard of being a wife.”

“Do not to let your feelings (very natural and usual ones) of momentary irritation and discomfort be seen by others; don’t (as you so often did and do) let every little feeling be read in your face and seen in your manner…”

“For a man to strike any women is most brutal, and I, as well as everyone else, think this far worse than any attempt to shoot, which, wicked as it is, is at least more comprehensible and more courageous.”

“Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves.”

“He speaks to Me as if I was a public meeting.”

“His purity was too great, his aspiration too high for this poor, miserable world! His great soul is now only enjoying that for which it was worthy!”

“I am every day more convinced that we women, if we are to be good women, feminine and amiable and domestic, are not fitted to reign; at least it is they that drive themselves to the work which it entails.”

“I don’t dislike babies, though I think very young ones rather disgusting.”

“I feel sure that no girl would go to the altar if she knew all.”

“I positively think that ladies who are always enceinte quite disgusting; it is more like a rabbit or guinea-pig than anything else and really it is not very nice.”

“I think people really marry far too much; it is such a lottery after all, and for a poor woman a very doubtful happiness.”

“I would venture to warn against too great intimacy with artists as it is very seductive and a little dangerous.”

“Men never think, at least seldom think, what a hard task it is for us women to go through this very often. God’s will be done, and if He decrees that we are to have a great number of children why we must try to bring them up as useful and exemplary members of society.”

“None of you can ever be proud enough of being the child of SUCH a Father who has not his equal in this world – so great, so good, so faultless. Try, all of you, to follow in his footsteps and don’t be discouraged, for to be really in everything like him none of you, I am sure, will ever be. Try, therefore, to be like him in some points, and you will have acquired a great deal.”

“The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them.”

“The poor fatherless baby of eight months is now the utterly broken-hearted and crushed widow of forty-two! My life as a happy one is ended! the world is gone for me! If I must live on (and I will do nothing to make me worse than I am), it is henceforth for our poor fatherless children – for my unhappy country, which has lost all in losing him – and in only doing what I know and feel he would wish.”

“The Queen is most anxious to enlist every one who can speak or write to join in checking this mad, wicked folly of ‘Woman’s Rights’, with all its attendant horrors, on which her poor feeble sex is bent, forgetting every sense of womanly feeling and propriety.”

“The Queen is most anxious to enlist everyone in checking this mad, wicked folly of ‘Women’s Rights’. It is a subject which makes the Queen so furious that she cannot contain herself.”

“We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat—they do not exist.”

“We placed the wreaths upon the splendid granite sarcophagus, and at its feet, and felt that only the earthly robe we loved so much was there. The pure, tender, loving spirit which loved us so tenderly, is above us – loving us, praying for us, and free from all suffering and woe – yes, that is a comfort, and that first birthday in another world must have been a far brighter one than any in this poor world below!”

“When I think of a merry, happy, free young girl – and look at the ailing, aching state a young wife generally is doomed to – which you can’t deny is the penalty of marriage.”