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Quotes by Margaret Thatcher

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Wikipedia Summary for Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, (née Roberts; 13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013) was a British stateswoman who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century and the first woman to hold that office. A Soviet journalist dubbed her the "Iron Lady", a nickname that became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style. As prime minister, she implemented policies that became known as Thatcherism.

Thatcher studied chemistry at Somerville College, Oxford, and worked briefly as a research chemist, before becoming a barrister. She was elected Member of Parliament for Finchley in 1959. Edward Heath appointed her Secretary of State for Education and Science in his 1970–1974 government. In 1975, she defeated Heath in the Conservative Party leadership election to become Leader of the Opposition, the first woman to lead a major political party in the United Kingdom. On becoming prime minister after winning the 1979 general election, Thatcher introduced a series of economic policies intended to reverse high inflation and Britain's struggles in the wake of the Winter of Discontent and an oncoming recession. Her political philosophy and economic policies emphasised deregulation (particularly of the financial sector), the privatisation of state-owned companies, and reducing the power and influence of trade unions. Her popularity in her first years in office waned amid recession and rising unemployment, until victory in the 1982 Falklands War and the recovering economy brought a resurgence of support, resulting in her landslide re-election in 1983. She survived an assassination attempt by the Provisional IRA in the 1984 Brighton hotel bombing and achieved a political victory against the National Union of Mineworkers in the 1984–85 miners' strike.

Thatcher was re-elected for a third term with another landslide in 1987, but her subsequent support for the Community Charge ("poll tax") was widely unpopular, and her increasingly Eurosceptic views on the European Community were not shared by others in her cabinet. She resigned as prime minister and party leader in 1990, after a challenge was launched to her leadership. After retiring from the Commons in 1992, she was given a life peerage as Baroness Thatcher (of Kesteven in the County of Lincolnshire) which entitled her to sit in the House of Lords. In 2013, she died of a stroke at the Ritz Hotel, London, at the age of 87.

A polarising figure in British politics, Thatcher is nonetheless viewed favourably in historical rankings of British prime ministers. Her tenure constituted a realignment towards neoliberal policies in the United Kingdom, with debate over the complicated legacy attributed to Thatcherism persisting into the 21st century.

Quote: It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of silhouette of kneeling man
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It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of white wall paint with black line
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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.


Quote: Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of plain background
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Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.


Quote: Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of white and black coupe beside white building paint
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Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.


Quote: Home is where you come to when you have nothing better to do. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Home is where you come to when you have nothing better to do.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: Constitutions have to be written on hearts, not just paper. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Constitutions have to be written on hearts, not just paper.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of Margaret Thatcher quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: 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? by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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?

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: Good Conservatives always pay their bills. And on time. Not like the Socialists who run up other people's bills. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Good Conservatives always pay their bills. And on time. Not like the Socialists who run up other people's bills.


Quote: Most women are far more intelligent than people give them credit for. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Most women are far more intelligent than people give them credit for.


Quote: In my view dictators do not surrender. They have to be well and truly defeated. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

In my view dictators do not surrender. They have to be well and truly defeated.


Quote: Remember, George, this is no time to go wobbly. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Remember, George, this is no time to go wobbly.


Quote: The wisdom of hindsight, so useful to historians and indeed to authors of memoirs, is sadly denied to practicing politicians. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

The wisdom of hindsight, so useful to historians and indeed to authors of memoirs, is sadly denied to practicing politicians.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.






Quote: The lesson is clear. Inflation devalues us all. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

The lesson is clear. Inflation devalues us all.


Quote: I think perhaps we manage our revolutions much more quietly in this country. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

I think perhaps we manage our revolutions much more quietly in this country.


Quote: Obsolete weapons do not deter. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Obsolete weapons do not deter.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: I love his music because he was my generation. But then again, Elvis is everyone's generation, and he always will be. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

I love his music because he was my generation. But then again, Elvis is everyone's generation, and he always will be.


Quote: Socialists have always spent much of their time seeking new titles for their beliefs, because the old versions so quickly become outdated and discredited. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Socialists have always spent much of their time seeking new titles for their beliefs, because the old versions so quickly become outdated and discredited.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: The Prime Minister is stealing our clothes but he is going to look pretty ridiculous walking around in mine. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

The Prime Minister is stealing our clothes but he is going to look pretty ridiculous walking around in mine.


Quote: It must be a conviction Government. As Prime Minister I could not waste time having internal arguments. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

It must be a conviction Government. As Prime Minister I could not waste time having internal arguments.


Quote: I would not wish to be Prime Minister, dear. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

I would not wish to be Prime Minister, dear.


Quote: It will be years -- not in my time -- before a woman will become Prime Minister. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

It will be years -- not in my time -- before a woman will become Prime Minister.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.




Quote: Let our children grow tall and some taller than others if they have it in them to do so. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Let our children grow tall and some taller than others if they have it in them to do so.


Quote: Making change tolerable is one of the duties of Government. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Making change tolerable is one of the duties of Government.


Quote: When you stop a dictator, there are always risks. But there are greater risks in not stopping a dictator. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

When you stop a dictator, there are always risks. But there are greater risks in not stopping a dictator.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: One hopes to achieve the zero option, but in the absence of that we must achieve balanced numbers. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

One hopes to achieve the zero option, but in the absence of that we must achieve balanced numbers.


Quote: People are really rather afraid that this country might be rather swamped by people with a different culture. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

People are really rather afraid that this country might be rather swamped by people with a different culture.


Quote: The United States is contributing massively to the defence of Europe and we should be very grateful. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

The United States is contributing massively to the defence of Europe and we should be very grateful.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: I calculate that I was responsible for proposing the elevation to the Lords of some 214 of its present numbers. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

I calculate that I was responsible for proposing the elevation to the Lords of some 214 of its present numbers.


Quote: They Federalist European Politicians divide their time between court room, prison and debating chamber -- giving a whole new meaning to the term 'conviction politician'. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

They Federalist European Politicians divide their time between court room, prison and debating chamber -- giving a whole new meaning to the term 'conviction politician'.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of Margaret Thatcher quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: People from my sort of background needed Grammar schools to compete with children from privileged homes like Shirley Williams and Anthony Wedgwood Benn. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

People from my sort of background needed Grammar schools to compete with children from privileged homes like Shirley Williams and Anthony Wedgwood Benn.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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? by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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?


Quote: 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.' by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of Margaret Thatcher quote; white text on black background

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.'


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.




Quote: What great cause would have been fought and won under the banner 'I stand for consensus'? by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

What great cause would have been fought and won under the banner 'I stand for consensus'?


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of Margaret Thatcher quote: 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.- black text on quotes background

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.


Quote: Socialism lays an bad egg by killing the capitalism that lays the golden eggs. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Socialism lays an bad egg by killing the capitalism that lays the golden eggs.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.




Quote: I'm back... and you knew I was coming. On my way here I passed a cinema with the sign 'The Mummy Returns'. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

I'm back... and you knew I was coming. On my way here I passed a cinema with the sign 'The Mummy Returns'.


Quote: I'll stay until I'm tired of it. So long as Britain needs me, I shall never be tired of it. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

I'll stay until I'm tired of it. So long as Britain needs me, I shall never be tired of it.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.






Quote: There is a nonsense about intelligent women not being beautiful. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

There is a nonsense about intelligent women not being beautiful.


Quote: Any leader has to have a certain amount of steel in them, so I am not that put out being called the Iron Lady. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Any leader has to have a certain amount of steel in them, so I am not that put out being called the Iron Lady.


Quote: I am not immortal, but I've got a lot left in me yet. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

I am not immortal, but I've got a lot left in me yet.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: All attempts to destroy democracy by terrorism will fail. It must be business as usual. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

All attempts to destroy democracy by terrorism will fail. It must be business as usual.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of Margaret Thatcher quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: A man may climb Everest for himself, but at the summit he plants his country's flag. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

A man may climb Everest for himself, but at the summit he plants his country's flag.


Quote: I was asked whether I was trying to restore Victorian values. I said straight out I was. And I am. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

I was asked whether I was trying to restore Victorian values. I said straight out I was. And I am.


Quote: I never hugged him, I bombed him. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

I never hugged him, I bombed him.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: I might have preferred iron -- but bronze will do. It won't rust. This time I hope, the head will stay on. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

I might have preferred iron -- but bronze will do. It won't rust. This time I hope, the head will stay on.


Quote: Let us, then, draw together in the name, not of jingoism, but of justice. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Let us, then, draw together in the name, not of jingoism, but of justice.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of Margaret Thatcher quote: 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.- black text on quotes background

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.


Quote: Let's make it clear: the Conservative Party has no plans for new NHS charges. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Let's make it clear: the Conservative Party has no plans for new NHS charges.


Quote: I'm not a good butcher but I've had to learn to carve the joint. People expect a new look. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

I'm not a good butcher but I've had to learn to carve the joint. People expect a new look.


Quote: I went to Oxford University -- but I've never let that hold me back. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

I went to Oxford University -- but I've never let that hold me back.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: Everything a politician promises at election time has to be paid for either by higher taxation or by borrowing. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Everything a politician promises at election time has to be paid for either by higher taxation or by borrowing.


Quote: A quick cure is a quack cure. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

A quick cure is a quack cure.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: Well, there's a lot to react against!in response to the accusation that she was a reactionary. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Well, there's a lot to react against!in response to the accusation that she was a reactionary.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: Rooster, maybe well crows, but the eggs still bears the chicken. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Rooster, maybe well crows, but the eggs still bears the chicken.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: I applaud strong government, but not overweening government sustained by cronies, ciphers and a personality cult. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

I applaud strong government, but not overweening government sustained by cronies, ciphers and a personality cult.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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? by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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?




Quote: Marxists get up early to further their cause. We must get up even earlier to defend our freedom. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Marxists get up early to further their cause. We must get up even earlier to defend our freedom.


Quote: To be free is better than to be unfree -- always. Any politician who suggests the opposite should be treated as suspect. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

To be free is better than to be unfree -- always. Any politician who suggests the opposite should be treated as suspect.


Quote: The Nuremburg trials were attacked at the time as 'victor's justice'. And this is precisely what they were -- and were intended to be. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

The Nuremburg trials were attacked at the time as 'victor's justice'. And this is precisely what they were -- and were intended to be.


Quote: I think Essex Man will vote for a Conservative Government. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

I think Essex Man will vote for a Conservative Government.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of Margaret Thatcher quote: 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.- black text on quotes background

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of Margaret Thatcher quote: 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.- black text on quotes background

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.


Quote: I shan't be pulling the levers there but I shall be a very good back-seat driver. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

I shan't be pulling the levers there but I shall be a very good back-seat driver.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of Margaret Thatcher quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: Consensus is the negation of leadership. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Consensus is the negation of leadership.


Quote: It's a funny old world. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

It's a funny old world.


Quote: If you are guided by opinion polls, you are not practicing leadership -- you are practicing followership. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

If you are guided by opinion polls, you are not practicing leadership -- you are practicing followership.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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? by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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?


Quote: It is absolutely right that President Reagan considers SDI and thank goodness people considered nuclear research before the last war. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

It is absolutely right that President Reagan considers SDI and thank goodness people considered nuclear research before the last war.


Quote: If there is one instance in which a foreign policy I pursued met with unambiguous failure, it was my policy on German reunification. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

If there is one instance in which a foreign policy I pursued met with unambiguous failure, it was my policy on German reunification.


Quote: Citizenship should be based on those who have a close and real relationship with this country and its inhabitants. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Citizenship should be based on those who have a close and real relationship with this country and its inhabitants.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.




Quote: Bribing regimes to comply with requirements which they should have acknowledged in the first place is not a process that appeals to me. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Bribing regimes to comply with requirements which they should have acknowledged in the first place is not a process that appeals to me.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of Margaret Thatcher quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: I don't think there will be a woman Prime Minister in my lifetime. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

I don't think there will be a woman Prime Minister in my lifetime.




Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: No generation has a free hold on this earth. All we have is a life tenancy-with a full repairing lease. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

No generation has a free hold on this earth. All we have is a life tenancy-with a full repairing lease.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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.' by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of Margaret Thatcher quote: 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.'- black text on quotes background

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.'


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of Margaret Thatcher quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.




Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: Freedom under the law must never be taken for granted. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Freedom under the law must never be taken for granted.


Quote: I can't help to spit nails when just thinking about Trade Unions. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

I can't help to spit nails when just thinking about Trade Unions.


Quote: The Third World is very much like the First World -- just poorer: what works for the West will work for the rest as well. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

The Third World is very much like the First World -- just poorer: what works for the West will work for the rest as well.




Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: Never believe that technology alone will allow America to prevail as a superpower. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Never believe that technology alone will allow America to prevail as a superpower.


Quote: There might be new technology, but technological progress itself was nothing new -- and over the years it had not destroyed jobs, but created them. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

There might be new technology, but technological progress itself was nothing new -- and over the years it had not destroyed jobs, but created them.


Quote: The desire to achieve grand utopian plans often poses a grave threat to freedom. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

The desire to achieve grand utopian plans often poses a grave threat to freedom.




Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: Russia is bent on world domination. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Russia is bent on world domination.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.




Quote: We have become a grandmother. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

We have become a grandmother.


Quote: I'm either the witch or Lady Macbeth of English politics, but someone gotta wear the pants in England when others wearing kilts. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

I'm either the witch or Lady Macbeth of English politics, but someone gotta wear the pants in England when others wearing kilts.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: You don't win by just being against things, you only win by being for things and making your message perfectly clear. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

You don't win by just being against things, you only win by being for things and making your message perfectly clear.


Quote: Ronald Reagan won the Cold War without firing a shot. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Ronald Reagan won the Cold War without firing a shot.


Quote: Inflation is the parent of unemployment and the unseen robber of those who have saved. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Inflation is the parent of unemployment and the unseen robber of those who have saved.


Quote: When all the objectives of government include the achievement of equality -- other than equality before the law -- that government poses a threat to liberty. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

When all the objectives of government include the achievement of equality -- other than equality before the law -- that government poses a threat to liberty.


Quote: I want my money back! by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

I want my money back!


Quote: Defeat? I do not recognize the meaning of the word. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Defeat? I do not recognize the meaning of the word.


Quote: No great goal was ever easily achieved. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

No great goal was ever easily achieved.


Quote: I fight on. I fight to win. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

I fight on. I fight to win.


Quote: When I'm out of politics I'm going to run a business, it will be called rent-a-spine. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

When I'm out of politics I'm going to run a business, it will be called rent-a-spine.


Quote: In politics, If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

In politics, If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.


Quote: We will stand on principle or we will not stand at all. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

We will stand on principle or we will not stand at all.


Quote: If you set out to be liked, you will accomplish nothing. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

If you set out to be liked, you will accomplish nothing.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.


Quote: I wasn't lucky, I deserved it. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

I wasn't lucky, I deserved it.


Quote: The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.


Quote: What happened in Russia in 1917 wasn't a revolution -- it was a coup d'etat. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

What happened in Russia in 1917 wasn't a revolution -- it was a coup d'etat.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: President Numeiri of Sudan is said to have remarked of Gadaffi that he was 'a man with a split personality -- both of them evil'. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

President Numeiri of Sudan is said to have remarked of Gadaffi that he was 'a man with a split personality -- both of them evil'.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: The feminists hate me, don't they? And I don't blame them. For I hate feminism. It is poison. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

The feminists hate me, don't they? And I don't blame them. For I hate feminism. It is poison.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: When will Labour learn that you cannot build Jerusalem in Brussels. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

When will Labour learn that you cannot build Jerusalem in Brussels.


Quote: Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends." ~ (1925- ), English political leader.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.




Quote: Each generation has to stand up for democracy. It can't take anything for granted and may have to fight fundamental battles anew. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Each generation has to stand up for democracy. It can't take anything for granted and may have to fight fundamental battles anew.


Quote: If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work.


Quote: You don't tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

You don't tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive.


Quote: 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. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

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.


Quote: Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.


Quote: To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.


Quote: I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air.


Quote: What Britain needs is an iron lady. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

What Britain needs is an iron lady.


Quote: I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds, and I very rarely change it. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds, and I very rarely change it.


Quote: You and I come by road or rail, but economists travel on infrastructure. by author Margaret Thatcher overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Thatcher with quote

You and I come by road or rail, but economists travel on infrastructure.


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