Top 8 inspirations quotes from Queen Elizabeth II

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We are all deeply saddened by the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. To celebrate her life and the impact she has had on the nation, we recall her top 8 quotes

With great sadness, we recently said goodbye to our beloved Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty will be remembered as an inspirational leader, as we reflect on eight of her most touching and heartwarming quotes over the course of her 70-year reign. 

08: On courage

"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."

07: On women’s rights

“It is difficult to realise that it was less than 50 years ago that women in Britain were first given the vote, but parliament was first asked to grant this 100 years ago.

'Yet, in spite of these disabilities, it has been women who have breathed gentleness and care into the harsh progress of mankind.”

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06: On motherhood

"If I am asked what I think about family life after 25 years of marriage, I can answer with equal simplicity and conviction, I am for it."

05: On leadership

"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."

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04: On selflessness

“Over the years, those who have seemed to me to be the most happy, contented and fulfilled have always been the people who have lived the most outgoing and unselfish lives.”

03: On being an inspiration

“To be inspirational you don't have to save lives or win medals.

“I often draw strength from meeting ordinary people doing extraordinary things: volunteers, carers, community organisers and good neighbours; unsung heroes whose quiet dedication makes them special. They are an inspiration to those who know them.”

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02: On reflection

"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.

01: On being self-reliant

“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."

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