It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake.
What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.
Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.
Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.
Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. it's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do and you've done it.
Conservatives have excellent credentials to speak about human rights. By our efforts, and with precious little help from self-styled liberals, we were largely responsible for securing liberty for a substantial share of the world's population and defending it for most of the rest.
Do you know that one of the great problems of our age is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas?
Do you know that one of the great problems of our age is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas.
Forget that I'm a woman. Forget the accusations that I am a Right Winger demanding privilege -- I had precious little privilege in my early years.
I was turned out because I said to Europe no, no, no. That no, no , no has now turned into yes, yes. Two yes's not three because he got the Social Chapter out and he's reserved his position on the single currency.
We are not prepared to consider special category status for certain groups of people serving sentences for crime. Crime is crime is crime, it is not political.
We're saying to anyone who dares to attack us, Do not do it, you couldn't win, the result would be devastating! I think you're saying the same.
Good Conservatives always pay their bills. And on time. Not like the Socialists who run up other people's bills.
The wisdom of hindsight, so useful to historians and indeed to authors of memoirs, is sadly denied to practicing politicians.
I want a capital-earning democracy. Every man and woman a capitalist. Housing is the start. If you're a man or woman of property, you've got something. So every man a capitalist, and every man a man of property.
I do not understand the unilateralists. If they hated nuclear weapons as much as I do they would want them down in the world as a whole. I am the true disarmer, I keep peace and freedom and justice with it.
I love his music because he was my generation. But then again, Elvis is everyone's generation, and he always will be.
Socialists have always spent much of their time seeking new titles for their beliefs, because the old versions so quickly become outdated and discredited.
Reagan did not suffer from the dismal plague of doubts which has assailed so many politicians in our times and which has rendered them incapable of clear decisions.
The Prime Minister is stealing our clothes but he is going to look pretty ridiculous walking around in mine.
It must be a conviction Government. As Prime Minister I could not waste time having internal arguments.
I wouldn't be worth my salt if I weren't attracting some controversy and criticism. Everyone in the world who has done something in life has attracted criticism.
I believe that the royal family are a focus of patriotism, of loyalty, of affection and of esteem. That is a rare combination, and we should value it highly.
We must not fall into the trap of projecting our own morality onto the Soviet leaders. They do not share our aspirations, they are not constrained by our ethics, they always consider themselves exempt from the rules that bind other states.
When you stop a dictator, there are always risks. But there are greater risks in not stopping a dictator.
I couldn't live without work. That's what makes me so sympathetic towards those people who are unemployed. I don't know how they live without working.
People are really rather afraid that this country might be rather swamped by people with a different culture.
The United States is contributing massively to the defence of Europe and we should be very grateful.
John Gummer just did not have the political clout or credibility to rally the troops. I had appointed him as a sort of nightwatchman, but he seemed to have to sleep on the job.
I calculate that I was responsible for proposing the elevation to the Lords of some 214 of its present numbers.
They Federalist European Politicians divide their time between court room, prison and debating chamber -- giving a whole new meaning to the term 'conviction politician'.
Let me give you my vision: A man's right to work as he will, to spend what he earns, to own property, to have the state as servant and not as master. These are the British inheritance. They are the essence of a free country, and on that freedom all of our other freedoms depend.
Free enterprise has enabled the creative and the acquisitive urges of man to be given expression in a way which benefits all members of society. Let free enterprise fight back now, not for itself, but for all those who believe in freedom.
People from my sort of background needed Grammar schools to compete with children from privileged homes like Shirley Williams and Anthony Wedgwood Benn.
It took us a long time to get rid of the effects of the French Revolution 200 years ago. We don't want another one.
Whether manufactured by black, white, brown or yellow hands, a widget remains a widget -- and it will be bought anywhere if the price and quality are right. The market is a more powerful and more reliable liberating force than government can ever be.
Israel must never be expected to jeopardize her security: if she was ever foolish enough to do so, and then suffered for it, the backlash against both honest brokers and Palestinians would be immense -- 'land for peace' must also bring peace.
But if Saddam had been in a position credibly to threaten America or any of its allies -- or the coalition's forces -- with attack by missiles with nuclear warheads, would we have gone to the Gulf at all?
One only gets to the top rung on the ladder by steadily climbing up one at a time, and suddenly, all sorts of powers, all sorts of abilities which you thought never belonged to you -- suddenly become within your own possibility and you think, 'Well, I'll have a go, too.'
We have been ruled by men who live by illusions ... the illusion that there is some other way of creating wealth than hard work and satisfying your customers.
In my lifetime all our problems have come from mainland Europe and all the solutions have come from the English-speaking nations across the world.
But the whole history of America is quite different from Europe. People went there to get away from the intolerance and constraints of life in Europe. They sought liberty and opportunity; and their strong sense of purpose has over two centuries, helped create a new unity and pride in being American.
When you take into public ownership a profitable industry the profits soon disappear. The goose that laid the golden eggs goes broody. State geese are not great layers.
I'm back... and you knew I was coming. On my way here I passed a cinema with the sign 'The Mummy Returns'.
On George H.W. Bush: By 1990 I had learned that I had to defer to him in conversation and not to stint the praise. If that was what was necessary to secure Britain's interests and influence, I had no hesitation in eating a little humble pie.
Any leader has to have a certain amount of steel in them, so I am not that put out being called the Iron Lady.
I have made it quite clear that a unified Ireland was one solution that is out. A second solution was a confederation of two states. That is out. A third solution was joint authority. That is out-that is a derogation of sovereignty.
Gentlemen, if we don't cut spending we will be bankrupt. Yes, the medicine is harsh, but the patient requires it in order to live. Should we withhold the medicine? No. We are not wrong. We did not seek election and win in order to manage the decline of a great nation.
It's the Labour Government that have brought us record peacetime taxation. They've got the usual Socialist disease -- they've run out of other people's money.
I might have preferred iron -- but bronze will do. It won't rust. This time I hope, the head will stay on.
The habit of ubiquitous interventionism, combining pinprick strikes by precision weapons with pious invocations of high principle, would lead us into endless difficulties. Interventions must be limited in number and overwhelming in their impact.
Object to merit and distinction, and you're setting your face against quality, independence, originality, genius against all the richness and variety of life. When you hold back the successful, you penalize those who need help.
Freedom is not synonymous with an easy life. ... There are many difficult things about freedom: It does not give you safety, it creates moral dilemmas for you; it requires self-discipline; it imposes great responsibilities; but such is the nature of Man and in such consists his glory and salvation.
Gentlemen, I have spent the night thinking about this Peruvian (peace) initiative and I have to tell you that if it is your decision to accept then you will have to find another Prime Minister.
Successful entrepreneurship is ultimately a matter of flair. But there is also a fund of practical knowledge to be acquired and, of course, the right legal and financial framework has to be provided for productive enterprise to develop.
Everything a politician promises at election time has to be paid for either by higher taxation or by borrowing.
It is one of the great weaknesses of reasonable men and women that they imagine that projects which fly in the face of commonsense are not serious or being seriously undertaken.
The fact that seasoned politicians can say such ridiculous things -- and get away with it -- illustrates the degree to which the new dogma... has swept through the left-of-centre governing classes.
They are all a rotten lot. Schmidt and the Americans and we are the only people who would do any standing up and fighting if necessary.
We should not expect the state to appear in the guise of an extravagant good fairy at every christening, a loquacious companion at every stage of life's journey, and the unknown mourner at every funeral.
I applaud strong government, but not overweening government sustained by cronies, ciphers and a personality cult.
There is no week, nor day, nor hour, when tyranny may not enter upon this country, if the people lose their supreme confidence in themselves, and lose their roughness and spirit of defiance. Tyranny may always enter--there is no charm or bar against it.
It's okay, Chancellor, you can touch them. Sometimes I just strip down to a tank top and stare at these guns in front of a mirror all day long.
Isn't a policy of conventional weapons, with the terrible bombs raining down, with the missiles, with the aircraft, with the submarines, with the torpedoes, with the tanks, with chemical weapons -- isn't that based on the possibility of threat?
To be free is better than to be unfree -- always. Any politician who suggests the opposite should be treated as suspect.
The Nuremburg trials were attacked at the time as 'victor's justice'. And this is precisely what they were -- and were intended to be.
Women have plenty of roles in which they can serve with distinction: some of us even run countries. But generally we are better at wielding the handbag than the bayonet.
The National Health Service is safe with us. The principle of adequate healthcare should be provided for all regardless of ability to pay must be the function of any arrangements for financing the NHS. We stand by that.
At one end of the spectrum are the terrorist gangs within our borders, and the terrorist states which finance and arm them. At the other are the hard left operating inside our system, conspiring to use union power and the apparatus of local government to break, defy and subvert the law.
In the Conservative Party we have no truck with outmoded Marxist doctrine about class warfare. For us it is not who you are, who your family is or where you come from that matters, but what you are and what you can do for your country that counts.
The legal system we have and the rule of law are far more responsible for our traditional liberties than any system of one man one vote. Any country or Government which wants to proceed towards tyranny starts to undermine legal rights and undermine the law.
I don't think any woman in power really has a happy life unless she's got a large number of women friends ... because you sometimes must go and sit down and let down your hair with someone you can trust totally.
This business of the working class is on its way out I think. After all, aren't I working class? I work jolly hard, I can tell you.
The woman's mission is not to enhance the masculine spirit, but to express the feminine; hers is not to preserve a man-made world, but to create a human world by the infusion of the feminine element into all of its activities.
We need a free economy not only for the renewed material prosperity it will bring, but because it is indispensable to individual freedom, human dignity and to a more just, more honest society.
No theory of government was ever given a fairer test or a more prolonged experiment in a democratic country than democratic socialism received in Britain. Yet it was a miserable failure in every respect... To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukemia with leeches.
All corporatism -- even when practised in societies where hard work, enterprise and cooperation are as highly valued as in Korea -- encourages inflexibility, discourages individual accountability, and risks magnifying errors by concealing them.
Is there conscience in the Kremlin? Do they ever ask themselves what is the purpose of life? What is it all for?... No. Their creed is barren of conscience, immune to the promptings of good and evil.
Unless we change our ways and our direction, our greatness as a nation will soon be a footnote in the history books, a distant memory of an offshore island, lost in the mist of time like Camelot, remembered kindly for its noble past.
A world without nuclear weapons may be a dream but you cannot base a sure defence on dreams. Without far greater trust and confidence between East and West than exists at present, a world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us.
If you are guided by opinion polls, you are not practicing leadership -- you are practicing followership.
The patronage state is an arrogant state. It assumes it can spend your money better than you do. Yet it expects you to work for it in the first place.
Remember the 'Parable of the Talents' in the New Testament? Christ exhorts us to be the best we can be by developing our skills and abilities, by succeeding in all our tasks and endeavors. What better description can there be of capitalism?
It is absolutely right that President Reagan considers SDI and thank goodness people considered nuclear research before the last war.
If there is one instance in which a foreign policy I pursued met with unambiguous failure, it was my policy on German reunification.
Citizenship should be based on those who have a close and real relationship with this country and its inhabitants.
I believe in the acceptance of personal responsibility, freedom of choice, and the British Empire, which took freedom and the rule of law to countries which would never have known it otherwise.
Bribing regimes to comply with requirements which they should have acknowledged in the first place is not a process that appeals to me.
Left-wing zealots have often been prepared to ride roughshod over due process and basic considerations of fairness when they think they can get away with it. For them the ends always seems to justify the means. That is precisely how their predecessors came to create the gulag.
When you've spent half your political life dealing with humdrum issues like the environment, it's exciting to have a real crisis on your hands.
No generation has a free hold on this earth. All we have is a life tenancy-with a full repairing lease.
I believe we should continue to have a partnership of national states each retaining the right to protect its vital interests, but developing more effectively than at present the habit of working together.
You can present people with ideas they may come to believe in, and as a result of them they will act, if they have the opportunities. Presenting people with opportunities is part of what politics is about.
But because we accept the sanctity of life, the responsibility that comes with freedom and the supreme sacrifice of Christ expressed so well in the hymn: 'When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died. My richest gain I count but loss and pour contempt on all my pride.'
If we are safe today, it is because America has stood with us. If we are to remain safe tomorrow, it will be because America remains powerful and self-confident. When, therefore, the Americans face difficulties, we need to say to them more clearly: We are with you.
For every idealistic peacemaker willing to renounce his self-defence in favour of a weapons-free world, there is at least one warmaker anxious to exploit the other's good intentions.
I came to office with one deliberate intent: to change Britain from a dependent to a self-reliant society -- from a give-it-to-me, to a do-it-yourself nation. A get-up-and-go, instead of a sit-back-and-wait-for-it Britain.
Under a Labour government, there's virtually nowhere you can put your savings where they would be safe from the state. ... If you put money in a sock they'd probably nationalize socks.
A democratic Europe of nation states could be a force for liberty, enterprise and open trade. But, if creating a United States of Europe overrides these goals, the new Europe will be one of subsidy and protection.
The Third World is very much like the First World -- just poorer: what works for the West will work for the rest as well.
I can cope with nine of them, so they ought to be able to stand one of me. They could end the tiresomeness and stubbornness by giving me what I want.
It seems like cloud cuckoo land. If anyone is suggesting that I would go to Parliament and suggest the abolition of the Pound Sterling -- no! We have made it quite clear that we will not have a single currency imposed upon us.
There might be new technology, but technological progress itself was nothing new -- and over the years it had not destroyed jobs, but created them.
Whether at home or abroad, the task of statesman is to work with human nature warts and all, and to draw on instincts and even prejudices that can be turned to good purpose. It is never to try to recreate Mankind in a new image.
Please don't use the word tough. People might get the impression that I don't care. And I do care, very deeply. Resilient, I think.
I'm either the witch or Lady Macbeth of English politics, but someone gotta wear the pants in England when others wearing kilts.
I owe a great deal to the church for everything in which I believe. I am very glad that I was brought up strictly. I was a very serious child. There was not a lot of fun and sparkle in my life.
You don't win by just being against things, you only win by being for things and making your message perfectly clear.
When all the objectives of government include the achievement of equality -- other than equality before the law -- that government poses a threat to liberty.
If you set out to be liked, you will accomplish nothing.
If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.
I'm also very much aware that it is you who brought democracy to Chile, you set up a constitution suitable for democracy, you put it into effect, elections were held, and then, in accordance with the result, you stepped down.
The Kosovo campaign was a just and necessary war. And I believe that Blair -- of whom I have many criticisms -- in this case showed real determination in conducting it.
The Iraqis had paid a terrible price for Saddam's folly (in the Gulf War). But looking at the devastation they left behind (in Kuwait), my sympathy was limited.
President Numeiri of Sudan is said to have remarked of Gadaffi that he was 'a man with a split personality -- both of them evil'.
We must not fall into the mistake of thinking that it is America that trades with Taiwan or Europe that trades with Asia. The truth is that it is American companies that trade with Taiwanese companies.
The messages on our banners in 1979 -- freedom, opportunity, family, enterprise, ownership -- are now inscribed on the banners in Leipzig, Warsaw, Budapest and even Moscow.
We have not successfully rolled back the frontiers of the state in Britain, only to see them re-imposed at a European level with a European super-state exercising a new dominance from Brussels.
Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.
Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends." ~ (1925- ), English political leader.
I just owe almost everything to my father and it's passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.
Each generation has to stand up for democracy. It can't take anything for granted and may have to fight fundamental battles anew.
There are some remarkable parallels between basketball and politics. Michael Jordan has already mastered the skill most needed for political success: how to stay aloft without visible means of support.
Ought we not to ask the media to agree among themselves a voluntary code of conduct, under which they would not say or show anything which could assist the terrorists' morale or their cause while the hijack lasted.
To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.