Mary, Queen of Scots: [to Queen Elizabeth I] I might have known you'd come to gloat like this - stealthily, under cover of night.
Queen Elizabeth I: You were born too close to my throne.
Mary, Queen of Scots: I have loved as a woman loves, lost as a woman loses... My son shall sit on the throne! My son shall rule England! Still, still, I win!
Queen Elizabeth I: Rebellion! How I hate that word!
Mary, Queen of Scots: [to Bothwell] What's my throne? I'd put a torch to it for any one of the days with you.
Mary, Queen of Scots: War! Is that all you men know?
Bothwell: Dark or bright, I'll always follow your star, Mary.
Darnley: You never can count on a woman. Marry her, and she turns to ice.
Bothwell: [to Mary] You're the Queen of Scotland, and you've let the woman in you take your senses!