unsolicited list of favorite quotes from badass historical women
I only need three things to subordinate [a horse]: an iron whip, an iron hammer, and a sharp dagger. I will whip it with the iron whip. If it does not submit, I will hammer its head with the iron hammer. If it still does not submit, I will cut its throat with the dagger. Emperor Taizong praised my bravery. Do you really believe that you are qualified to dirty my dagger? (Wu Zetian)
Fool! Don’t you see now that I could have poisoned you a hundred times had I been able to live without you? (Cleopatra)
God forgive you, but I never can. (Elizabeth I)
Courage? I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end? (Marie Antoinette)
For my own part, I adhere to the maxim of antiquity, that the throne is a glorious sepulchre. (Theodora)
I lose. I win. I defend myself when I am attacked. I take when someone has taken from me. (Mata Hari)
In my end is my beginning. (Mary of Scots)
If we just fold our arms and yield to them, I would have no face to see our ancestors after death. If we must perish, why not fight to the death?
The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them.
(Victoria of the United Kingdom)
I am not afraid… I was born to do this.
(Joan of Arc)
I bend my knee to no man. Unless I choose to. (Caterina Sforza)
I choose what I believe, and say nothing. For I am not as simple as I may seem.
(Catherine of Aragon)
If it ever lay in my power, I will work the Cardinal as much displeasure as he has done to me. (Anne Boleyn)
I am not fighting for my kingdom and wealth now. I am fighting as an ordinary person for my lost freedom, my bruised body, and my outraged daughters. (Boudicca)
(feel free to add more!! and please let me know if any of these aren’t legit because some might actually be unsourced)
Don’t worry, Armand. Milady is wrong. You couldn’t possibly be in Hell, not with the heavenly perfection of The Greatest Mustache in the World canceling out any teeny-tiny MORTAL SINS you may have committed with your almost constant vow-breaking; naughty evil thoughts, words, and deeds; and, you know, murdering.