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We’ve collected the best Elizabeth Quotes from the greatest minds of the world: Robert Gottlieb, Richard Dawkins, Dave Brubeck, Jennifer Palmieri, Debbie Reynolds. Use them as an inspiration.

There are certain historical figures of such importance that we need to know everything about them, which is why books about Napoleon, Lincoln, Julius Caesar, Joan of Arc, Queen Elizabeth I, and the great religious founders continue to proliferate; these lives require constant reevaluation and interpretation.
The psychologist Elizabeth Loftus has shown great courage, in the face of spiteful vested interests, in demonstrating how easy it is for people to concoct memories that are entirely false but which seem, to the victim, every bit as real as true memories.
My mother Elizabeth Ivey Brubeck was a pianist who studied with Dame Myra Hess and Tobias Matthey. As a child in California I used to listen to her play Chopin.
Many have observed that Elizabeth Edwards could be a political figure in her own right. She has never had an interest in that.
I was just a beginner, and she and I were not in any manner alike, but we got along very well because I was in awe of going to school with Elizabeth Taylor.
The love of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy is reliant on the restrictions of Regency culture, their passion is created by repression.
I never wanted to work in fashion. At age 12 or 13, I wanted to design for showgirls – for the theater! And I was crazy for the Hollywood of the 1950s: Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor, Jennifer Jones. They were my idea of glamour – and Sylvie Vartan, the French singer.
When the young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret were growing up, that was at it’s height and the War cemented that with photographs of the Royal Family having breakfast together and so on, by pinning their reputation so firmly on that particular issue.
I was in a school called Shiv Niketan, run by Elizabeth Gauba, where she gave a lot of importance to people expressing themselves in whatever way they wanted – some could draw and answer, some could dance and answer, while some could act.
Elizabeth Bishop in particular had a big impact on me personally as well as artistically. Her insistence on clarity is something I rate very highly.
I will admit, I once launched myself at Julie Garwood for a hug, hoping some of her magic would rub off on me… and I have fangirl crushes on Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Linda Howard, and Kresley Cole, among many others.
Lisa Kleypas
It’s no stretch to picture me standing next to Al Pacino or Robert De Niro. Those are ethnic New York men. I’m an ethnic New York girl. Everybody has their limitations. I mean, I should never be cast as Queen Elizabeth.
I’m absolutely an Elizabeth Taylor fan!
I was influenced by big, strong voiceswriters like Elizabeth Bowen, Virginia Woolf, Jane Bowles; gay writers like Ed White, Michael Cunningham, Allen Hollinghurst; and contemporary lesbian writers, like Dorothy Allison.
I think I am the Elizabeth Barrett of 2015. Not in terms of genius but in bed a lot.
Elizabeth Warren fully intends to change the system, and says so. When she said how good it felt to be with working people in a workershall, you knew it wasn’t a platitude.
Was Prince Philip in love when he proposed to Elizabeth? At the time, he was a relatively penniless prince, with a rackety family and no home to call his own.
I was obsessed with Miss Elizabeth when I was a little girl.
I was thrust, excitingly, via ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘Shakespeare in Love,’ into a position one can only dream of, but it was startling, too. I was offered a multitude of roles riding horses in flouncy shirts, and I just thought, ‘Hang on, I’ve just done that. What next?’
Of course I had written a film about Elizabeth I, and I loved the Tudor period, and I think at the time Working Title and I had debated on whether to do Elizabeth I or Henry VIII. I’d always wanted to do Henry VIII. Like Elizabeth, I’d had this feeling that it had never properly been addressed.
Well, I’ve known Elizabeth almost all of her life and almost all of my life. And I love her with all of my heart and she’s always been there for me. She’s a wonderful, wonderful dame. She’s a great lady.
I did a short film at Outfest, ‘Where Are the Dolls,’ based on an Elizabeth Bishop poem done, where I play this woman who is sort of walking the streets and ends up alone dancing in a club. I have this hot and heavy scene with a very beautiful actress. It became very popular.
Megan Follows
Of course we have Queen Elizabeth as head of state, but in many ways we are a kind of republic. We don’t have royals in Australia, so it was kind of unusual to run into those kind of people. But aside from that it was quite ordinary.
Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark
I love Mayor Pete. I’ve always liked Joe Biden. I like Elizabeth Warren.
Elizabeth Moss may very well be one of the best actresses I’ve had the privilege of standing opposite and sharing lines with.
My wife Elizabeth and I started The Really Terrible Orchestra for people like us who are pretty hopeless musicians who would like to play in an orchestra. It has been a great success. We give performances; we’ve become the most famous bad orchestra in the world.
I shop almost exclusively online, from brands like Eloquii, ASOS, Elizabeth Suzann, or Rachel Comey, if one of their straight-size pieces has a little extra room.
Aidy Bryant
I am a huge admirer of Elizabeth I, and this intriguing biography gives a wonderful picture of the era.
Barbara Taylor Bradford
She is the rock ‘n’ roll queen. Weirdly enough, that is one of the things her reign will be remembered for. Queen Elizabeth I, we remember Raleigh; Queen Elizabeth II it’s gonna be the Beatles.
I think that the benefit of playing someone like Queen Elizabeth is that so much has been written about her, and there’s so much speculation about her – was she a hermaphrodite? She’s so mythologised, and there are a lot of images of her.
The first Elizabeth film was an absolute travesty historically. It really was sloppy. Things like ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ and ‘The Tudors,’ people’s perception is distorted because of these. It matters to me as a historian, because I spend my life trying to get it right.
Alison Weir
I was at a benefit for some imprisoned students in the ’60s at San Francisco State, and there were lots of poets reading for the benefit: one was Elizabeth Bishop.
Thom Gunn
I’ve been friends with Elizabeth Banks sinceWet Hot American Summer.’
If you saw Queen Elizabeth it would be amazing, she came from another planet. She was so attractive in what she was wearing.
It will be about which candidate, which of the two candidates remaining, is best suited to make a positive difference in the lives of North Carolina families, and I submit to each of you tonight that I am that candidate and Elizabeth Dole is not.
Erskine Bowles
When I was writing my first novel, ‘Elizabeth is Missing,’ I was writing the only novel I had ever written and writing about the only protagonist I’d ever written about. Because of this, I didn’t think of her as a construct. Maud was real.
Stole my first name from ‘Evening in Paris‘ and the second from Elizabeth Arden.
Eve Arden
It’s hard to describe the work of the British-born Australian writer Elizabeth Jolley without somewhat misrepresenting it.
The few movies I can even think of that I watch over and over would be the Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton movieBoom!’, ‘Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!’, and ‘Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.’ I wouldn’t call any of them mainstream.
Since Elizabeth, I certainly live a healthier lifestyle.
Lady Diana Spencer looked to relatively unknown designersDavid and Elizabeth Emanuel, recently graduated from the Royal College of Art – when she wed Prince Charles in 1981.
I certainly like the rumour that I was the father of Elizabeth Hurley’s baby. It made me think I could impregnate women in a different way to everyone else. Elizabeth and I were never alone in a room together, so I must be a very powerful man indeed. Actually, I’m thinking of suing the baby!
When Elizabeth II was crowned – the sixth female monarch since the Norman conquest – the world lit up in her favour.
People who know me well, call me Elizabeth. I dislike Liz.
Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Warren has very good proposals regarding Wall Street, but she really has not been leading the charge for single-payer health care… and is pretty much a war hawk in alignment with Hillary Clinton.
While I was writing ‘Elizabeth Is Missing’ and struggling with the intricacies of the plot, I told myself the next book would be really simple and linear, and I’d have it all worked out before I set down a single word.
Maybe Rock and Elizabeth Warren could team up and shore up each other’s weaknesses. Elizabeth Warren has a plan for everything and all the experience, and The Rock could sell it to the people, ’cause the people could smell what Rock is cooking.
There was never any question of Prince Philip’s four sisters being invited to his wedding to Princess Elizabeth. King George decided their connection to Nazi Germany was still too shaming.
That’s the nightmare for Elizabeth Warren, because I can attack her from the left. I can say, ‘Wait a minute, what do you know about the journey of a person of color? You know nothing. This is all theory to you. Because you did lie. You took advantage of affirmative action.’
As an Elizabeth native, I believe it is my duty to give back to my community. Our youth is our future, and it truly takes a village to raise a child.
No one stopped buying I.B.M. because Tom Watson wasn’t there, but they stopped buying Elizabeth Arden because she wasn’t there.
Leonard Lauder
You can’t write about an iconic Hollywood star of the sixties without bumping up against Elizabeth Taylor.
In 1960, I married Laurose Becker. We have two children: Elizabeth, born in 1961, and Matthew, born in 1963.
Though I am not imperial, and though Elizabeth may not deserve it, the Queen of England will easily deserve to have an emperor‘s son to marry.
There are no more Elizabeth Taylors. You could be fascinated by her, she lived so many lives, she lived far, she loved the jewels; she had gaudy taste but she had extraordinary talent.
The spirit of non-conformity is as prevalent now in my part of west Yorkshire as it was in the time of my two immediate predecessors, Mike Wood and Elizabeth Peacock.
When I first went to interview for ‘Misery,’ they were saying things like, ‘You’re not Michelle Pfeiffer, you know.’ And I just don’t get the relevance of that remark. I’m not Elizabeth Taylor, either. I’m not Sean Connery.
Is Elizabeth Taylor fat? Her favorite food is seconds.
Elizabeth Taylor is gorgeous, beautiful, and she still is today, I’m crazy about her.
I read a lot about her. I read a lot of bios. I read bios about the royal family; I read this little novella called ‘The Uncommon Reader,’ which is a fiction: it’s about Queen Elizabeth going on this library bus and choosing books and reading them, but it’s so sweet.
I’ve always loved big eyes, like those of Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. But my mother didn’t allow me to wear make-up until I was 15.
I start ‘The Code Book’ with the story of Mary Queen of Scots and the Babington Plot, which was foiled when Mary’s enciphered messages fell into the hands of Elizabeth I’s codebreakers.
I love Elizabeth Hurley. I have met her on a few occasions and was stunned by her beauty and her attitude. Very cool and easy going.
You know, not even your British Queen is called just Elizabeth – she’s Elizabeth the Second. There’s only one Imelda.
Several people have told me that Queen Elizabeth made slighting comments about Philip within their hearing, and referred to him – not entirely humorously – as ‘the Hun.’
I’m probably as royal as Elizabeth Warren is Cherokee.
Somebody is going to have to do fancy footwork to make sure Elizabeth and John Edwards get their prime-time shot .
Certainly from the rehearsal process with Elizabeth I think it was very clear. Well let me start again. We were initially supposed to be more combative.
‘What I would give,’ I thought, ‘to have been present as Elizabeth Keckley measured Mary Lincoln for a new gown, to overhear their conversations on topics significant and ordinary, to observe the Lincoln White House from such an intimate perspective.’
Jennifer Chiaverini
During the summer of 2000, in the run-up to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’s 100th birthday, I asked the Duke of Edinburgh if he was hoping to reach 100. ‘Good God, no,’ he spluttered, ‘I can’t imagine anything worse. What a ghastly idea.’
Really, the arc for the first season of ‘Luke Cage‘ is ‘hero.’ How does one become a hero? What does one feel about being a hero? How does one live their life and eventually go through the Elizabeth Kubler-Ross stages of grief until the acceptance is, ‘Fine, I’m a hero.’ This is what it is.
Elizabeth Warren never stops raising the alarm about climate change and raging about the billionaires.
Elizabeth, Lady C, claims to be writing at the limits of language. Would it not be insulting to her if I were diligently to follow after her, explaining what she means but is not smart enough to say?
I love Chris Crutcher, Sara Zarr, Lois Lowry, Elizabeth Scott, Madeleine L’Engle, Gordon Korman, Michelle Magorian, Heather Bouwman.
Lisa McMann
If pushed to say what I like about Elizabeth, who, as I’m sure most of you know, overtook Queen Victoria this week to become our longest-serving monarch, it would be her uncomplaining, getting-on-with-it ethic.
My friends are very rich. Elizabeth Taylor sends flowers the size of the bathtub. I’m not kidding.
Charles Nelson Reilly
On the whole, I rather disapprove of cookbooks, except for the literary ones, like Elizabeth David’s.
When I was in the ninth grade, I had a teacher in Dallas, Texas, named Elizabeth Enlow in English class. Every Friday, we had to write a little essay, and you had to incorporate three particular words into the story. That was the sole direction. And to me, this was so much fun.
I’m mostly a historical romance reader, but I never miss a Susan Elizabeth Phillips book. Her characters are larger than life and heartbreakingly real at the same time. I don’t know how she does it.
Julia Quinn
I’d like to be Queen Elizabeth.
Macy Gray
The blue-collar is not supposed to read Horace, nor the farmer in his overalls Montale or Marvell. Nor, for that matter, is the politician expected to know by heart Gerard Manley Hopkins or Elizabeth Bishop. This is dumb as well as dangerous.
People love Jane Austen, even though those books are absurd to us, because we like the clarity of it: we can see very clearly what Elizabeth Bennett has to overcome, what she has to deal with.
If I were Elizabeth Sloane, I wouldn’t be wearing makeup. I’d just be focused on getting the job done.
There’s four biggies. There was Elizabeth I, George III, Victoria, and the current queen, who really dominated four eras.
I guess I’ve grown to admire Queen Elizabeth II more. I’ve always struggled with my feelings about the Royal Family. I am a supporter. I’m not someone who thinks we should get rid of them. But what I’ve struggled with is the lack of emotionality that the Queen seems to share.
English food writer Elizabeth David, cook and author Richard Olney and the owner of Domaine Tempier Lulu Peyraud have all really inspired the way I think about food.
People like Elizabeth Dole have given too much power to the special interests.
Kay Hagan
Fame and stardom sat very easily on Elizabeth Taylor’s shoulders.
If Queen Elizabeth knighthooded me and I would get the title Sir Usain Bolt. That sounds very nice.
I loved dressing Elizabeth Hurley. I thought that was wonderful. She was one of those women who is so aware of how she looks in everything.
The studio system collapsed only when Elizabeth Taylor charged $1 million for Cleopatra.
Leslie Caron
He’s not very fast, but maybe Elizabeth Taylor can’t sing.
I use By Terry lip gloss religiously – and I always have Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream with me just in case. Between the two of them, I’ve got everything covered, from chapped lips to stray marks to doing a simple glossy eye.
As a director, it just makes my life fantastic to work with people like Elizabeth Hawthorne.
Elizabeth Taylor. In her heyday, she was amazing.
Had Elizabeth Bennet known how wildly Darcy’s heart beat for her, ‘Pride and Prejudice‘ would barely have made it into a short story. Their torturously slow-burning romance is a classic example of how men and women still struggle to communicate the most basic of emotions.
I’ve written extensively on Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth and seen up close how those women, who were born when the country hoped for a male heir, made their way as leaders.
My first Broadway show was with Elizabeth Taylor and Maureen Stapleton. Maureen Stapleton, a legend in the theatre; Elizabeth Taylor, a legend, period.
I like some of Annie Proulx, some of those very brief stories of hers. And I love J. M. Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello. I like Geoff Dyer. I also liked W. G. Sebald, especially his book ‘The Emigrants’.
My food hero would be someone like Elizabeth David, because I think what she did for Britain was amazing. Also David Thompson, an Australian chef who does Thai food and really understands the basis of it, has always been very inspiring.
There’s a movie called ‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age,’ where I’m playing the King of Spain. It’s a small role, but it’s really, really interesting, the way I constructed it.
Jordi Molla
In 2006, 2 years ago, I made a very serious mistake. A mistake that I am responsible for and no one else. In 2006, I told Elizabeth about the mistake, asked her for her forgiveness, asked God for his forgiveness.
Mary Lincoln provided Elizabeth Keckley with opportunities for social and economic advancement she probably had never imagined during her years as a slave, while Elizabeth offered Mary the loyal, steadfast friendship she craved but had always found so elusive.
Jennifer Chiaverini
My first husband ran off with Elizabeth Taylor.
Cardinal Raymond Burke is a 66-year-old guy who lives in Rome, dresses like Queen Elizabeth, and talks like someone who majored in misogyny at some bogus, backwoods, Bible-banging tent school.
The question is – did Richard Attenborough have a right to make ‘Gandhi?’ And did Danny Boyle have a right to make ‘Slumdog Millionaire?’ Quite honestly, if they didn’t have the right to make these films, I had no right to make ‘Elizabeth.’
The thing with Elizabeth Warren that you have to keep in mind is she is very far left. I think a lot of folks who may have considered voting for someone like Joe Biden are going to be very turned off by ideas like universal health care, which would essentially force 200 million Americans off of private health insurance.
In 1978, Elizabeth Blackburn, working with Joe Gall, identified the DNA sequence of telomeres. Every time a cell divides, it gets shorter. But telomeres usually don’t. So there must be something happening to the telomeres to keep their length in equilibrium.
Carol W. Greider
As a director, my job is to spend money, and the producer‘s is to save money. Masoom, Bandit Queen and the first Queen Elizabeth have been my most uncompromised films.
I’ve had the honor and the pleasure and gift of having known Elizabeth Taylor for a number of years. You know, you sit down with her, she slings hash, she sits there and cusses like a sailor, and she’s hilarious.
If your husband’s going to leave you for anyone, it might as well be Elizabeth Taylor.
She kind of reminds one of Helen. There’s something very similar about Elizabeth Perkins.
I’m friends with Elizabeth Banks – she’s a great actress but not actressy at all. She’s very cool. I adore her.
When I went to law school, I took a bankruptcy class with then-professor, now-Senator Elizabeth Warren. And I’ll never forget that first day of class, hearing her talk about the importance of the bankruptcy system.
Katie Porter
I remember I was a little girl when Elizabeth Taylor stole Eddie Fisher from America’s Sweetheart, Debbie Reynolds, and the reaction back then was enormous! And Angelina Jolie was in trouble, too, for taking a husband away from another America’s Sweetheart. Don’t take husbands from America’s Sweethearts.
I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to bring Peter Morgan‘s Princess Elizabeth to life; she is a gift of a role and a challenge I am so grateful for – a young woman trying to navigate a path through an extraordinary situation.
Queen Elizabeth is reserved when she meets strangers – but with friends and family she can be very witty.
I’ve never been an impressionist. I was doing Sofia Vergara and Elizabeth Dole. I’m sometimes so low-confidence and self-aware, so characters that are confident and ignorant and wrong are my favorite.
To me, true style icons have been few and far between. Elizabeth Taylor comes to mind. I never got to meet her while she was alive, but she is one of those people I have always admired in terms of her sense of style.
Elizabeth Hurley rocks. She really rocks.
I think that I altered history in ‘Elizabeth,’ and I interpreted history far more than Danny Boyle or Richard Attenborough did to ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ or ‘Gandhi.’ They took Indian novels or Indian characters and very much stayed within the Indian diaspora.
Elizabeth Taylor was an incurable romantic at heart. She never gave up on the notion that a love strong enough to last a lifetime was waiting for her around the next corner.
I’m a huge Elizabeth Berg fan. Her novels are always charming, thoughtful, and filled with lively, three-dimensional characters.
British cookbook author Elizabeth David led the most adventurous life but is widely credited with bringing to the fore the importance of home cooking.
My real name is Elizabeth, but I had a nanny growing up who called me ‘Elizabeanie.’ So from 4 months old, my brothers were, like, ‘Let’s call her Beanie.’ To show people the validity of it, I always say that if I met the president, I would say, ‘Hi, my name is Beanie.’
I have always admired and had enormous respect for Elizabeth Taylor. She was not only an incredible actress but an amazing woman as well.
A few weeks before the jubilee began in 2002, Queen Elizabeth died, and the public outpouring of grief and affection, with hundreds of thousands of people queuing for hours to pass by her coffin, showed how widely and deeply loved she was.
William Shawcross
We have decided that now is the time for me to focus intently on my top priority, my family, as Elizabeth and I raise our two young children. To that end, I will not seek reelection to a third term.
I inherited my 1960s copy of ‘French Provincial Cooking’ by Elizabeth David from my mother Gabrielle, who in turn inherited it from her mother Frances. It was my bible when I first moved to Paris aged 26.
Elizabeth Warren has been a champion for working people. She has been a champion for Native people. She has been a champion for education and all of the things that we should care about in this country.
I don’t apologize for my diamonds, Rolls-Royce, Range Rover, or anything. Look, Queen Elizabeth has more diamonds than me. Why don’t people attack her for it?
It was Queen Elizabeth who made me a foreign correspondent.
Like the Elizabeth I play, Queen Elizabeth is a monarch who actually moves with the times. She gets new information, assimilates it, and changes in order the fit in with the way the world is moving. I admire that.
Kamala Harris is fumbling and she’s like, ‘Oh, I’m going to go after Twitter because Elizabeth Warren sucked all the oxygen out of the room.’ She’s standing up and saying, ‘I’m going to go after Facebook, I’m going to break them up, I’m going to go after all of these big technology companies.’
Dagen McDowell
I’ve worked with people and I’ve known people that were really competitive, but I’ve always said that I take an Elizabeth Bennett philosophy of life – I laugh. I love my job, but if it means hurting someone, I won’t do it.