Margot Asquith

[Countess of Oxford and Asquith]

Margot Asquith Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''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 that would not be tolerated in England for a week.''
    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, repr. 1962). Of former Prime Minister David Lloyd George.
  • ''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 interpretation, generally goes with truth; and the fourth—the power to love—although I have put it last, is the rarest.''
    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 find him.''
    Margot Asquith (1864-1945), British socialite. The Autobiography of Margot Asquith, vol. 1, ch. 8 (1920).
  • ''To marry a man out of pity is folly; and, if you think you are going to influence the kind of fellow who has "never had a chance, poor devil," you are profoundly mistaken. 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 Asquith (1864-1945), British socialite. The Autobiography of Margot Asquith, vol. 1, ch. 7 (1920).
  • ''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 Asquith (1864-1945), British socialite. The Autobiography of Margot Asquith, vol. 2, ch. 7 (1922). said of the crowds outside Downing Street, Aug. 3, 1914, the eve of the declaration of World War I...

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