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Nancy Astor Quotes

Nancy Astor (1879-1964)


Nancy Astor, born in Virginia, married an English heir, Waldorf Astor, as her second husband. When her husband was elevated to the House of Lords, Nancy Astor ran for his seat in Parliament, and became, in 1919, the first woman seated in the British Parliament. Nancy Astor supported women's rights and, during World War II, worked to keep up the morale of the British people and American troops stationed in the Plymouth area near her home.

Nancy Astor was known for her sharp wit.

Selected Nancy Astor Quotations

• The most practical thing in the world is common sense and common humanity.

• No one sex can govern alone. I believe that one of the reasons why civilization has failed so lamentably is that is had one-sided government.

• We are not asking for superiority for we have always had that; all we ask is equality.

• Women have got to make the world safe for men since men have made it so darned unsafe for women.

• If you want a party hack, don't elect me.

• I can imagine nothing worse than a man-governed world -- except a woman-governed world.

• In passing, also, I would like to say that the first time Adam had a chance, he laid the blame on a woman.

• I married beneath me -- all women do.

• We women talk too much, but even then we don't tell half what we know.

• It is no use blaming the men -- we made them what they are -- and now it is up to us to try and make ourselves -- the makers of men -- a little more responsible.

• Pioneers may be picturesque figures, but they are often rather lonely ones.

• Why, I don't even know the difference between a king and a knave. (on being invited to play cards with King Edward VII)

• One reason I don't drink is that I want to know when I am having a good time.

• My vigor, vitality and cheek repel me -- I am the kind of woman I would run from.

• One reason I don't drink is that I want to know when I am having a good time.

• The only thing I like about rich people is their money.

• The penalty for success is to be bored by the people who used to snub you.

• A fool without fear is sometimes wiser than an angel with fear.

• The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything... or nothing.

• Truth always originates in a minority of one, and every custom begins as a broken precedent.

• Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer; into a selflessness which links us with all humanity.

• Years ago, I thought old age would be dreadful because I should not be able to do things I would want to do. Now I find there is nothing I want to do after all.

• I used to dread getting older because I thought I would not be able to do all the things I wanted to do, but now that I am older I find that I don't want to do them.

• I refuse to admit that I am more than 52, even if that makes my children illegitimate.

• Take a close-up of a woman past sixty! You might as well use a picture of a relief map of Ireland!

• Jakie, is it my birthday or am I dying? (on her deathbed. Her son's response: "A bit of both, Mum.")

• I would be a socialist if I thought it would work.

• I am neither a Communist or a Fascist ... I loathe all Dictatorships whether of the Russian or the German type -- They are all equally cruel.

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Quote collection assembled by Jone Johnson Lewis. Each quotation page in this collection and the entire collection © Jone Johnson Lewis 1997-2005. This is an informal collection assembled over many years. I regret that I am not be able to provide the original source if it is not listed with the quote.

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