Margot Asquith

[Countess of Oxford and Asquith]

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Margot Asquith, Countess of Oxford and Asquith (2 February 1864 – 28 July 1945), born Emma Alice Margaret Tennant, was an Anglo-Scottish socialite, author and wit. She was married to Herbert Henry Asquith, a Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, from 1894 until his death in 1928.

Margot Tennant was born in Peeblesshire, Tweeddale, of Scottish and English descent. She was the sixth ... more »

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  • It is always dangerous to generalise, but the American people, while infinitely generous, are a hard and strong race and, but for the few cemeteries I have seen, I am inclined to think they never die....
    Margot Asquith (1864-1945), British socialite. My Impressions of America, ch. 14 (1922).
  • The ingrained idea that, because there is no king and they despise titles, the Americans are a free people is pathetically untrue.... There is a perpetual interference with personal liberty over there...
    Margot Asquith (1864-1945), British socialite. My Impressions of America, ch. 17 (1922).
  • ''He could not see a belt without hitting below it.''
    Margot Asquith (1864-1945), British socialite. quoted in Mark Bonham Carter's introduction to Margot Asquith, Autobiography (first published 1936, rep...
  • The first element of greatness is fundamental humbleness (this should not be confused with servility); the second is freedom from self; the third is intrepid courage, which, taken in its widest interp...
    Margot Asquith (1864-1945), British socialite. The Autobiography of Margot Asquith, vol. 1, ch. 8 (1920).
  • There are big men, men of intellect, intellectual men, men of talent and men of action; but the great man is difficult to find, and it needs—apart from discernment—a certain greatness to fin...
    Margot Asquith (1864-1945), British socialite. The Autobiography of Margot Asquith, vol. 1, ch. 8 (1920).
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