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S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.

Catherine of Aragon

  • [Spelled also Katharine. Daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, born 1486; married Arthur, eldest son of Henry VII. of England, 1501; and, on his death, his brother, afterwards Henry VIII., who afterwards divorced her; died 1536.]
  • I have done England little good, but I should be sorry to do it any harm.

  • To the commissioners, after her divorce from Henry VIII. She also said, “I would rather be a poor beggar’s wife and be sure of heaven, than queen of all the world and stand in doubt thereof by reason of my own consent.”