Quotation by Elizabeth I

Fear not, we are of the nature of the lion, and cannot descend to the destruction of mice and such small beasts.
Elizabeth I (1533–1603), British monarch, Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 22, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923).

Said soon after she became queen to a member of the household staff of Queen Mary I, who had been Elizabeth's half-sister and predecessor. The household staff member had treated Elizabeth cruelly during Mary's reign and now sought her mercy.
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