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).
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).