Nancy Witcher Langhorne, Viscountess Astor, CH (May 19, 1879 - May 2, 1964) was the first woman to sit as a Member of Parliament (MP) in the British House of Commons. She was the wife of Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor. Nancy was born Nancy Witcher Langhorne in Danville, Virginia, in the United States to Chiswell Dabney Langhorne and Nancy Witcher Keene. (Click for full Wikipedia article.)
A fool without fear is sometimes wiser than an angel with fear.
Dreams are great. When they disappear you may still be here, but you will have ceased to live.
I can imagine nothing worse than a man-governed world- except a woman-governed world.
I married beneath me. All women do.
I refuse to admit that I am more than fifty-two, even if that does make my sons illegitimate.
I would be a socialist if I thought it would work.
It is no use blaming the men- we made them what they are- and now it is up to us to try and make ourselves- the makers of men- a little more responsible.
It isn't the common man at all who is important; it's the uncommon man.
My vigor, vitality and cheek repel me. I am the kind of woman I would run from.
One reason I don't drink is that I want to know when I am having a good time.
Pioneers may be picturesque figures, but they are often rather lonely ones.
Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer; into a selflessness which links us with all humanity.
Take a close-up of a woman past sixty? You might as well use a picture of a relief map of Ireland!
The first time Adam had a chance he laid the blame on a woman.
The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything... or nothing.
The only thing I like about rich people is their money.
The penalty of success is to be bored by the people who used to snub you.
The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.
Truth always originates in a minority of one, and every custom begins as a broken precedent.
We are not asking for superiority for we have always had that; all we ask is equality.
We women talk too much, but even then we don't tell half what we know.
I used to dread getting older because I thought I would not be able to do all the things I wanted to do, but now that I am older I find that I don't want to do them.
The most practical thing in the world is common sense and common humanity.
No one sex can govern alone. I believe that one of the reasons why civilization has failed so lamentably is that is had one-sided government.
...the most famous quotations attributed to her are taken from alleged exchanges between her and Winston Churchill, though... these are not well documented and may be inaccurate. Examples include an instance in which Churchill is supposed to have told Lady Astor that having a woman in Parliament was like having one intrude on him in the bathroom, to which she retorted, "You’re not handsome enough to have such fears." Lady Astor is also said to have responded to a question from Churchill about what disguise he should wear to a masquerade ball by saying, "Why don't you come sober, Prime Minister?" Possibly the most famous of all such anecdotes reports that Lady Astor said to Churchill, "If you were my husband, I'd poison your tea," to which he responded, "Madam, if you were my wife, I'd drink it!" This retort is of dubious authenticity and has been attributed to others before Churchill, for instance David Lloyd George in responding to a suffragette.