She tells enough white lies to ice a wedding cake.
Of Lady Desborough. Quoted in The Listener, 11 June 1953.
One can only influence the strong characters in life, not the weak; and it is the height of vanity to suppose that you can make an honest man of anyone.Margot AsquithThe Autobiography of Margot Asquith (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1963) p. 63. (1920)
Rich men's houses are seldom beautiful, rarely comfortable, and never original. It is a constant source of surprise to people of moderate means to observe how little a big fortune contributes to Beauty.Margot AsquithThe Autobiography of Margot Asquith (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1963) p. 249. (1922)
From the happy expression on their faces you might have supposed that they welcomed the war. I have met with men who loved stamps, and stones, and snakes, but I could not imagine any man loving war.Margot AsquithThe Autobiography of Margot Asquith (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1963) p. 291. (1922)
Lloyd George? There is no Lloyd George. There is a marvellous brain; but if you were to shut him in a room and look through the keyhole there would be nobody there.Margot AsquithIn conversation with James Agate, September 30, 1941; reported by Agate in his Ego 5 (London: Harrap, 1942) p. 136.
He's very clever, but sometimes his brains go to his head.Margot AsquithQuoted by her step-daughter Violet in The Listener, June 11, 1953.
My dear old friend King George V told me he would never have died but for that vile doctor, Lord Dawson of Penn.Margot AsquithQuoted by Mark Bonham Carter in his Introduction to the 1962 edition of The Autobiography of Margot Asquith (London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1962) p. xxxv.
You can do something with talent, but nothing with genius....Margot AsquithQuoted in Jack Fishman's My Darling Clementine, the biography of Winston Churchill's wife. (p. 131)
Kitchener, a great man or a great poster?Margot AsquithAttributed to Margot Asquith, as in Sir Philip Magnus, Kitchener: Portrait of an Imperialist (1938, ch. xiv): "Mrs. Asquith remarked indiscreetly that if Kitchener was not a great man, he was, at least, a great poster." Asquith herself, however, wrote in More Memories (London: Cassel, 1933, p. 135) that the remark was made by her daughter, Elizabeth Bibesco.
The affair between Margot Asquith and Margot Asquith will live as one of the prettiest love stories in all literature.Margot AsquithDorothy Parker, "Re-enter Margot Asquith - A Masterpiece from the French," The New Yorker, October 22, 1927
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