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12 Brilliant The Crown Quotes to Live Your Life By

If we’ve learned anything from the Netflix original drama, The Crown, it’s that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is as human as the rest of us. Here are 12 incredibly insightful The Crown quotes that apply to everyday life—for royals and commoners alike.

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King George on timing

“It is better to be patient and get what you desire in the right time, than have high office thrust upon you when you are not ready.”
— King George VI, The Crown, Season 1, Hyde Park Corner

Check out these rarely seen photos of Queen Elizabeth and her father, King George VI.

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The Queen on truth

“Some things can only be perceived one way because they only have one meaning.”
– Queen Elizabeth II, The Crown, Season 2, Mystery Man

Here are 13 reasons the Queen will never give up the throne.

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Prince Philip on identity

“Who we are is not what we wear or what glitters. It’s the spirit that defines us.”
— Prince Philip, The Crown, Season 2, Paterfamilias

Find out what will happen when Prince Philip dies.

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The Queen on tragedy

“That’s the thing about unhappiness. All it takes is for something worse to come along and you realize it was actually happiness after all.”
— Queen Elizabeth II, The Crown, Season 2, Dear Mrs. Kennedy

Here are 50 things you didn’t know about the British royal family.

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Churchill on getting things done

“If there is one thing I’ve learned in 52 years of public service, it is that there is no problem so complex, nor crisis so grave that it cannot be satisfactorily resolved within twenty minutes.”
— Sir Winston Churchill, The Crown, Season 1, Windsor

Think the prime minister wields all the power? Think again! Here are nine surprising things the Queen actually has the power to do.

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The Queen on strategy

“To do nothing is often the best course of action, but I know from personal experience how frustrating it can be. History was not made by those who did nothing.”
– Queen Elizabeth II, The Crown, Season 2, Lisbon

The Crown may take some liberties with historical accuracy, but these Queen Elizabeth “facts” simply aren’t true.

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The Duke of Windsor on the monarchy

“Who wants transparency when you can have magic? Who wants prose when you can have poetry?”
– Duke of Windsor, The Crown, Season 1, Smoke and Mirrors

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Churchill on mortality

“We’re all dying. That’s what defines the condition of living.”
– Sir Winston Churchill, The Crown, Season 1, Wolferton Splash

Think you know your Windsors? See if you can identify the British royal by their childhood picture.

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The Queen on love

“In the first flush of a romantic love, we’re all blind. We see only what we want to see.”
— Queen Elizabeth II, The Crown, Season 2, Matrimonium

Did you know that Queen Elizabeth used ration coupons to pay for her wedding dress? Here are more fascinating facts about royal weddings past.

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Churchill on hope

“Where there is heroism there will always be hope.”
— Sir Winston Churchill, The Crown, Season 1, Act of God

Here are more hope quotes that will instantly lift your spirits.

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Prince Philip on perseverance

“In the long reeds of difficulty and pain, that’s where you find the treasure.”
– Prince Philip, The Crown, Season 2, Beryl

Take a look at (the real) Price Philip’s life in 50 photos.

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The Queen on haste

“In a rush to heal wounds you end up committing yourself to something, someone that isn’t quite right.”
– Queen Elizabeth II, The Crown, Season 2, Matrimonium

Next, find out what The Crown gets wrong about the British royal family.