Don’t be silly, my life is far too ordinary and boring. Anyway I don’t want to live in the past, it’s the present that counts.
My main decoration is, I suppose, my conversation.
WHITLAM, MARGARET – her opening line to the British media when she arrived as the wife of the Australian Prime Minister
Ask me an outrageous question and I’ll give you an outrageous answer.
Bugger the Whitlams… I’m a bit tired of all the adulation. He’s almost reached the beatification stage. I suppose canonisation will come, with the obituaries.
What am I to do? Stay in a cage – wide open to view, of course – and say nothing? That's not on but if I can do some good I'll certainly try.
I saw my role as prime minister’s wife as being human towards other humans and not treating them badly.
Sometimes you get out of control. You can be at something pretty toffy and it’s so ridiculous, people are so pretentious and you can have a bit of a giggle. Sometimes Gough and I can’t look at each other or we set each other going. I think a sense of humour is absolutely essential. And a sense of not being the greatest thing since sliced bread.
WHITLAM, MARGARET – when criticised for revealing details of the furnishings of Buckingham Palace and what they ate whil
I came to represent all the ungainly people, the too-tall ones, the too-fat ones, and the housebound, as I had been, who’d never get the chance to go to China or Buckingham Palace, and who experienced it all through me.