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Sunday, 21 May, 2000, 16:09 GMT 17:09 UK
A memorable turn of phrase

Dame Barbara: An ardent supporter of traditional values
These are some of Dame Barbara Cartland's unforgettable comments over the years:

"There is no point in wearing arty-crafty clothes if you don't look good in them. Women should wear pretty clothes and look like women. Why must they try to be men?"

"Men have always made a fuss of me. I still have several admirers who send me jewellery and chocolates. So I must be doing something right" - at the age of 96.

"I was the person who invented second-hand clothes shops."

"The secret of my success with men is that I was terribly attractive and very pretty. And I helped them improve themselves because they would do anything to please me."

"Always have a second honeymoon every year: have a good luncheon then go to bed for the afternoon, and go out in the evening when there is no hurry" - her views on St Valentine's Day.

"I have the body of a young girl. I haven't got a single line on my body. I often think I should be photographed naked" - at the age of 95.

"The point is you make a certain amount of money, but you are never certain when Labour might get in. And don't forget that last time we had Labour it took us 10 years to get over it" - speaking in 1996.

"A man should certainly not be a virgin on his wedding night. You want one person who knows what he is doing."

"Quite frankly, I think the whole thing is quite disgusting" - on the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles.

"He was frightfully wounded when he returned from the war. Did you know that wounded men are often extremely good lovers? It's something to do with the circulation of the blood. Hugh could be quite ardent" - on her second husband.

"We must get back to the days when the English gentleman was admired and looked up to by everyone."

"If you read newspapers today you see things that our mothers and grandmothers would have been shocked and ashamed to read. It is sex, sex, sex all the time, and it is not what we want."

"Women used to drive very, very carefully because they didn't want to smash their cars up. Nowadays everybody seems to smash up everything and they don't seem to care a damn."

"I've got music in it. But I talk, you see, and you can't have the music and me" - about her Mercedes.

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