Nancy Astor, (1879-1964), the first woman to sit in the British House of
Commons, was a famous socialite of the day, extremely rich and influential.
She sometimes rode on the "flapper bracket" of the Brough Superior motorcycle
belonging to T.E. Lawrence
(Lawrence of Arabia) and was the author of many quotable quips, among them:
I married beneath me. All women do.
The only thing I like about rich people is their money.
"In passing, also, I would like to say that the first time Adam had
a chance, he laid the blame on a woman."
"We are not asking for superiority for we have always had that; all
we ask is equality."
One reason I don't drink is because I wish to know when I'm having a
Lady Astor: Why Winston, you are drunk!
Churchill: And you are ugly, but I shall be sober in the morning!
Lady Astor was giving a costume ball and Winston Churchill asked her
what disguise she would recommend for him. She said, "Why don't you come
sober, Mr. Prime Minister?"
Lady Astor: "Winston, if I were married to you, I'd put poison in your
Sir Winston Churchill: "Nancy, if you were my wife, I'd drink it."
"Am I dying or is is this my birthday?" (attributed last words)