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Nancy Astor

  • Drink promises you everything, but gives nothing ...

    • Nancy Astor,
    • speech before the House of Commons, in Alice Stone Blackwell, The Woman Citizen ()
  • There is no such thing as a strictly woman's problem. Any question affecting the welfare of society is a woman's problem.

    • Nancy Astor,
    • speech before the House of Commons, in Alice Stone Blackwell, The Woman Citizen ()
  • In passing, also, I would like to say that the first time Adam had a chance he laid the blame on woman.

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

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

  • I am sure that you will never end war with wars.

  • Women are young at politics, but they are old at suffering; soon they will learn that through politics they can prevent some kinds of suffering.

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

  • It is hopeless trying to go forward when you are looking backward.

  • The only thing the women were after was just the chance to help the world on. But some men were so dreadfully afraid of them that they refused to understand, and talked about 'shrieking sisterhoods' and 'disappointed spinsters' and rubbish of that sort.

    • Nancy Astor,
    • in Ladies' Home Journal ()
  • My vigor, vitality and cheek repel me. I am the kind of woman I would run from.

    • Nancy Astor,
    • in Time ()
  • The only thing I like about rich people is their money.

    • Nancy Astor,
    • in Time ()
  • The penalty of success is to be bored by people who used to snub you.

    • Nancy Astor,
    • in Sunday Express ()
  • One reason I don't drink is that I want to know when I am having a good time.

    • Nancy Astor,
    • in Reader's Digest ()
  • [To a group of women prisoners:] You're luckier than I am. You're wanted and I'm not.

    • Nancy Astor,
    • in Daphne Fielding, The Duchess of Jermyn Street ()
  • I married beneath me, all women do.

    • Nancy Astor,
    • 1951, in E.T. Williams and C.S. Nicholls, eds., The Dictionary of National Biography 1961-1970 ()
  • 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.

    • Nancy Astor,
    • interview (1959), in Michèle Brown and Ann O'Connor, Hammer and Tongues ()
  • What would we say if men changed the length of their trousers every year?

    • Nancy Astor
  • Dreams are great. When they disappear you may still be here, but you will have ceased to live.

    • Nancy Astor
  • The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than their minds.

    • Nancy Astor
  • [After her election to the British Parliament and being welcomed to 'the most exclusive men's club in Europe':] It won't be exclusive long. When I came in, I left the door wide open!

    • Nancy Astor
  • I refuse to admit I'm more than fifty-two, even if that does make my sons illegitimate.

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

    • Nancy Astor
  • [On seeing her children gathered around her bed during her final illness:] Am I dying, or is this my birthday?

    • Nancy Astor

Nancy Astor, U.S.-born English member of the House of Commons, writer

(1879 - 1964)

Full name: Nancy Witcher Langhorne Shaw Astor, often called simply Lady Astor or Viscountess Astor.