Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Question from Liz - Catherine of Aragon quotes

Hi again!

I am looking for quotes by Katherine of Aragon, especially in Spanish. I am hoping to find something short and inspirational to get tattooed. Please let me know if you can help me with this!

Liz - NJ, USA


  1. "Short" could be a problem, since many of the locutions of Catherine's surviving letters and reported statements are convoluted, elaborate and drawn-out by our standards. "Inspirational" could be a problem, too -- most of her remarks, especially during the Divorce, have a strong masochistic flavor.

    For example:

    "All the God sends is for the best"
    "Keep your heart with a chaste mind"

    but, if you are feeling saucy:
    "Scandal of Christendom!"

    I haven't read anything by her in Spanish (were the letters to her father in Spanish or Latin?), though, so perhaps there may be something more suitable there.

  2. haha i like the one about the scandal but i dont think its quite "tattoo-esque" but thanks for the reply!

  3. My favorite quote from Katherine is in her last letter: "I make this vow, that mine eyes desire you above all things"

    Very pretty, until you realize its about Henry VIII...yuck! lol

  4. My favorite quote by her is:
    "Mine eyes desire thee only. Farewell."

    it was a letter to her ex-husband, Henry VIII, before she died. They're considered her last words.

    I think it's spanish when it's the version:
    "Oculi mei te solum desiderant. Vale."

    I hope that helps!!!


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