Top 10 Quotes from History’s Greatest Female Rulers

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th every year, and in honor of the day, 

Here are the top ten greatest quotes from history’s greatest female rulers:

I.

I have raised up that which was in ruins. I have restored that which was destroyed.
-Hatshetsup, Pharoah of Egypt(1508BC-1458BC)

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Interesting Fact: She reigned over Egypt for over twenty years, to become the longest reigning female pharaoh.

II.

I will not be triumphed over.
-Cleopatra(69BC-30BC)

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Interesting Fact: She was the last pharaoh of Egypt.

III.

The throne is a glorious sepulcher.
-Empress Theodora of Byzantium(500-548)

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Interesting Fact: Before becoming an empress, she was an actress and courtesan.

IV.

Gaining people’s trust might be harder than gaining all creation. But, what is harder than gaining people’s trust is having to abandon them.
-Queen Seondeok of Silla(c.595-610-647)

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Interesting Fact: She was first female ruler in ancient Korea.

V.

Though the sex to which I belong is considered weak you will nevertheless find me a rock that bends to no wind.
-Queen Elizabeth I(1533-1603)

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Interesting Fact: She never married.

VI.

 A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache.
– Catherine the Great(1729-1796)

Interesting Fact: She was Russia’s longest reigning female empress.

VII.

We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; they do not exist.
-Queen Victoria(1819-1901)

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Interesting Fact: During her reign of 63 years, she had eight assassination attempts.

VIII.

I have often thought that i am the most clever woman that ever lived, and others cannot compare with me…. Although I have heard much about Queen Victoria…I don’t think her life was half so interesting and eventful as mine…. she had… really nothing to say about the policy of the country. Now look at me. I have 400,000,000 people dependent on my judgement.
-Empress Cixi(1861-1908)

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Interesting Fact: She was China’s longest reigning female empress.

IX.

Trees are not known by their leaves, nor even by their blossoms, but by their fruits.
-Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of France and England(1122-1204)

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Interesting Fact: She was the Queen of France and Queen of England.

X.

If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.
-Margaret Thatcher(1925-2013)

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Interesting Fact: She was the first British female prime minister.

Thank you to all the female rulers!

Who are some of your favorite female rulers?

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