Pretty good for someone about to die.

Mary, Queen of Scots, to her brother-in-law.

“The Catholic faith and the assertion of my God-given right to the English crown are the two issues on which I am condemned, and yet I am not allowed to say that it is for the Catholic religion that I die, but for fear of interference with theirs. The proof of this is that they have taken away my chaplain, and although he is in the building, I have not been able to get permission for him to come and hear my confession and give me the Last Sacrament, while they have been most insistent that I receive the consolation and instruction of their minister, brought here for that purpose…”


  1. Jonathan Webb says

    Very clear headed.

    Poise is one of the blocks on John Wooden's Pyramid of Success.

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