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"Whatever influence you have, it's only for a small amount of time. When Sir Frank (Packer) sold the Daily and Sunday Telegraph to Rupert Murdoch in 1972, I lost my position as women's editor. Suddenly the phones stopped ringing. All the people who said they were my friends, I didn't hear from them. I was only in my 20's, and that was a sobering lesson to learn: how fleeting everything is, and how easily it can be taken away from you. So you never take yourself too seriously, you never think you're too important."

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"Like it or not, liberation for women will be achieved only with the full co-operation of men. "

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"Even though you get a little twinge every now and again with the years marching on and become aware of your own mortality, you realise you're only limited by your imagination. "

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"The only limitations are the ones we put on ourselves. "

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"The reason women are always reluctant to reveal their age is because other people label them as 'past it'. In the 21st century, women over 60 are not past it - we are vital, active, sexual beings, living life to the full."

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"Only a loser finds it impossible to accept a temporary setback. A winner asks why."

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"I played to win. When I was a child, my brothers and I played cowboys and Indians in the park, and I was always an Indian who got captured. That was a learning experience; they were showing me that as a woman I was going to be captured. But in a metaphorical sense, I think I did eventually become a cowboy."

ITA, BUTTROSE - on competitiveness