American-born Englishwoman, First woman to sit as a Member of Parliament int he British House of Commons
"Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer - into selflessness which links us with all humanity."
"Truth always originates in a minority of one, and every custom begins as a broken precedent."
"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."
"The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds."
"I refuse to admit that I am more than fifty-two, even if that does make my sons illegitimate."
"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."
"In passing, also, I would like to say that the first time Adam had a chance he laid the blame on a woman."
"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."
"Jakie, is it my birthday or am I dying? (on her deathbed. Her son's response: "A bit of both, Mum.")"
"NANCY ASTOR: Sir, if you were my husband, I would give you poison. CHURCHILL: If I were your husband I would take it."
"No one sex can govern alone. I believe that one of the reasons why civilization has failed so lamentably is that it had one-sided government."
"Take a close-up of a woman past sixty! You might as well use a picture of a relief map of Ireland!"
"Why don't you come sober, Prime Minister? [Answer she gave Churchill when he asked what disguise he should wear to a masquerade ball]"
"Why, I don't even know the difference between a king and a knave. (on being invited to play cards with King Edward VII)"
"Women have got to make the world safe for men since men have made it so darned unsafe for women."