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.
There are long periods when life seems a small, dull round, a petty business with no point, and then suddenly we are caught up in some great event which gives us a glimpse of the solid and durable foundations of our existence.
Grief is the price we pay for love.
It has perhaps always been the case that the waging of peace is the hardest form of leadership of all.
What were once only hopes for the future have now come to pass.
I simply ache from smiling. Why are women expected to beam all the time? It's unfair. If a man looks solemn, it's automatically assumed he's a serious person, not a miserable one.
I hope people will think very carefully about the future.
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.
Family does not necessarily mean blood relatives but often a description of a community, organisation or nation.
I have been aware all the time that my peoples, spread far and wide throughout every continent and ocean in the world, were united to support me in the task to which I have now been dedicated with such solemnity.
To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy. With the benefit of historical hindsight we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all.
In remembering the appalling suffering of war on both sides, we recognise how precious is the peace we have built in Europe since 1945.
Therefore I am sure that this, my Coronation, is not the symbol of a power and a splendor that are gone but a declaration of our hopes for the future, and for the years I may, by God's Grace and Mercy, be given to reign and serve you as your Queen.
I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.
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.
No one who knew Diana will ever forget her. Millions of others who never met her, but felt they knew her, will remember her.
Families, friends and communities often find a source of courage rising up from within. Indeed, sadly, it seems that it is tragedy that often draws out the most and the best from the human spirit.
I believe that there is a great fear in our generation of being labeled as priggish.
Think what we would have missed if we had never ... used a mobile phone or surfed the Net -- or, to be honest, listened to other people talking about surfing the Net.
For Christians, as for all people of faith, reflection, meditation and prayer help us to renew ourselves in God's love, as we strive daily to become better people. The Christmas message shows us that this love is for everyone. There is no one beyond its reach.
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.
Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.
I hope that tomorrow we can all, wherever we are, join in expressing our grief at Diana's loss, and gratitude for her all-too-short life. It is a chance to show to the whole world the British nation united in grief and respect.
My husband has quite simply been my strength and stay all these years, and I owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim.
I have behind me not only the splendid traditions and the annals of more than a thousand years but the living strength and majesty of the Commonwealth and Empire; of societies old and new; of lands and races different in history and origins but all, by God's Will, united in spirit and in aim.
The upward course of a nation's history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women.
I have in sincerity pledged myself to your service, as so many of you are pledged to mine. Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust.
To what greater inspiration and counsel can we turn than to the imperishable truth to be found in this treasure house, the Bible?
At its heart, engineering is about using science to find creative, practical solutions. It is a noble profession.
The events that I have attended to mark my Diamond Jubilee have been a humbling experience. It has touched me deeply to see so many thousands of families, neighbors and friends celebrating together in such a happy atmosphere.
Madam President, speaking here in Dublin Castle it is impossible to ignore the weight of history, as it was yesterday when you and I laid wreaths at the Garden of Remembrance.
I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else -- I can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.
We lost the American colonies because we lacked the statesmanship to know the right time and the manner of yielding what is impossible to keep.