1819-1901, Queen of Great Britain
A marriage is no amusement but a solemn act, and generally a sad one.
Being married gives one one's position like nothing else can.
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.
Queen Victoria – [Men and Women]
He speaks to Me as if I was a public meeting.
Queen Victoria – [Politicians and Politics]
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!
Queen Victoria – [Husbands]
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.
Queen Victoria – [Royalty]
I don't dislike babies, though I think very young ones rather disgusting.
Queen Victoria – [Babies]
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.
Queen Victoria – [Pregnancy]
I think people really marry far too much; it is such a lottery after all, and for a poor woman a very doubtful happiness.
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.
Queen Victoria – [Mothers]
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.
Queen Victoria – [Fathers]
The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them.
Queen Victoria – [Opinions]
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.
Queen Victoria – [Widowhood]
The Queen is most anxious to enlist everyone 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.
Queen Victoria – [Feminism]
We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; they do not exist.
Queen Victoria – [Losers and Losing]
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!
Queen Victoria – [Anniversaries]
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.
Queen Victoria – [Wives]