Over the course of Queen Elizabeth’s nearly 70-year reign, her words (and her corgis) have become well known around the world. And now, just days after bidding farewell to Prince Philip, her husband of 73 years, Her Majesty is celebrating her 95th birthday. It marks a bittersweet occasion for the royal family, but in honor of the royal matriarch's major milestone, we’re taking a look back at her most memorable words of wisdom. Read on for 15 of the most inspirational (and witty) Queen Elizabeth quotes.

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1. “Let us not take ourselves too seriously. None of us has a monopoly on wisdom.” – Queen Elizabeth II

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2. “Work is the rent you pay for the room you occupy on earth.” – Queen Elizabeth II

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3. “I should like to be a horse.” – Queen Elizabeth II

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4. “I myself prefer my New Zealand eggs for breakfast.” – Queen Elizabeth II

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5. “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.” – Queen Elizabeth II

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6. “If I wore beige, nobody would know who I am.” – Queen Elizabeth II

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7. “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.” – Queen Elizabeth II

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8. “It has been women who have breathed gentleness and care into the hard progress of humankind.” – Queen Elizabeth II

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9. “It has always been easy to hate and destroy. To build and to cherish is much more difficult.” – Queen Elizabeth II

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10. “I have to be seen to be believed.” – Queen Elizabeth II

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11. “Grief is the price we pay for love.” – Queen Elizabeth II

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12. “Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.” – Queen Elizabeth II

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13. “Football’s a difficult business and aren’t they prima donnas. But it’s a wonderful game.” – Queen Elizabeth II

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14. “Cowards falter, but danger is often overcome by those who nobly dare.” – Queen Elizabeth II

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15. "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." - Queen Elizabeth II

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