"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."
"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."
"I saw my role as prime minister's wife as being human towards other humans and not treating them badly."
"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."
"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."
"Ask me an outrageous question and I'll give you an outrageous answer."
"My main decoration is, I suppose, my conversation."
"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."