Margaret Thatcher Quotes

Margaret Hilda Thatcher, also known as Baroness Thatcher, was a prominent British stateswoman and Conservative politician. She held the office of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and served as the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. Wikipedia

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“The accumulation of wealth is a process which is of itself morally neutral. True, as Christianity teaches, riches bring temptations. But then so does poverty.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions; he had money as well.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I wasn’t lucky, I deserved it.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Freedom will destroy itself if it is not exercised within some sort of moral framework, some body of shared beliefs, some spiritual heritage transmitted through the Church, the family, and the school.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Most women are far more intelligent than people give them credit for.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“No woman in my time will be prime minister or chancellor or foreign secretary – not the top jobs. Anyway, I wouldn’t want to be prime minister; you have to give yourself 100 percent.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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 a day you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“There are no personal sympathies in politics.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“First you win the argument, then you win the vote.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I calculate that I was responsible for proposing the elevation to the Lords of some 214 of its present numbers.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds, and I very rarely change it.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“The wisdom of hindsight, so useful to historians and indeed to authors of memoirs, is sadly denied to practicing politicians.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“One of my favourite quotations is: ‘That which thy father bequeathed thee, earn it anew, if thou wouldst possess it.’” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“We have become a grandmother.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I’ve got a woman’s ability to stick to a job and get on with it when everyone else walks off and leaves it.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“You and I come by road or rail, but economists travel on infrastructure.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“There is much to be said for trying to improve some disadvantaged people’s lot. There is nothing to be said for trying to create heaven on earth.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“It is always important in matters of high politics to know what you do not know. Those who think that they know, but are mistaken, and act upon their mistakes, are the most dangerous people to have in charge.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Socialists don’t like ordinary people choosing, for they might not choose socialism.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“When I’m out of politics I’m going to run a business, it will be called rent-a-spine.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“You can’t lead from the crowd.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“The larger the slice taken by government, the smaller the cake available for everyone.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“People from my sort of background needed grammar schools to compete with children from privileged homes like Shirley Williams and Anthony Wedgwood Benn.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“If a woman like Eva Peron with no ideals can get that far, think how far I can go with the ideals that I have.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I was asked whether I was trying to restore Victorian values. I said straight out I was. And I am.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“We had to do what we had to do – Britain is great again.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“There are too many people who imagine that there is something sophisticated about always believing the best of those who hate your country, and the worst of those who defend it.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“America, my friends, is the only country in the world actually founded on liberty – the only one. People went to America to be free.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I am not hard – I’m frightfully soft. But I will not be hounded.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“People are really rather afraid that this country might be rather swamped by people with a different culture.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I am an ally of the United States. We believe the same things, we believe passionately in the same battle of ideas, we will defend them to the hilt. Never try to separate me from them.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Everything a politician promises at election time has to be paid for either by higher taxation or by borrowing.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“The Prime Minister is stealing our clothes but he is going to look pretty ridiculous walking around in mine.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Socialists cry “Power to the people”, and raise the clenched fist as they say it. We all know what they really mean – power over people, power to the State.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Marxists get up early to further their cause. We must get up even earlier to defend our freedom.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Leadership is about having principles. A leader must have a vision and principles that will endure for all time and must always be true to these principles, applying them to changing circumstances.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukaemia with leeches.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Ronald Reagan knew his own mind. He had firm principles – and, I believe, right ones. He expounded them clearly, he acted upon them decisively.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“If you want to cut your own throat, don’t come to me for a bandage.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I’m not a good butcher but I’ve had to learn to carve the joint. People expect a new look.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“In politics, If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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?” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“To wear your heart on your sleeve isn’t a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“The desire to achieve grand utopian plans often poses a grave threat to freedom.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn’t swim.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I love his music because he was my generation. But then again, Elvis is everyone’s generation, and he always will be.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Business success isn’t just a selfish aim. Profits spread beyond those who make them and bring jobs and prosperity.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“We are a British nation with British characteristics. Every country can take some small minorities and in many ways they add to the richness and variety of this country. The moment the minority threatens to become a big one, people get frightened.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Every family should have the right to spend their money, after tax, as they wish, and not as the government dictates. Let us extend choice, extend the will to choose and the chance to choose.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“What is right for the family is right for Britain.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Consensus is the negation of leadership.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“New technology is the true friend of full employment; the indispensable ally of progress; and the surest guarantee of prosperity.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I like Mr Gorbachev, we can do business together.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Our judgement is that the presence of the Royal Marines garrison is sufficient deterrent against any possible aggression.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

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

“We Conservatives hate unemployment.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“When all the objectives of government include the achievement of equality – other than equality before the law – that government poses a threat to liberty.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“If we open our hearts to God, He has promised to work within us.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“It may be the cock that crows, but it is the hen that lays the eggs.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I’ve learned one thing in politics. You don’t take a decision until you have to.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“The desire to win is born in most of us. The will to win is a matter of training. The manner of winning is a matter of honour.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Let us never forget this fundamental truth: The State has no source of money other than the money people themselves earn.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“It must be a conviction Government. As Prime Minister I could not waste time having internal arguments.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Russia is bent on world domination.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I am not immortal, but I’ve got a lot left in me yet.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“There is little hope for democracy if the hearts of men and women in democratic societies cannot be touched by a call to something greater than themselves.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“There is no such thing as society.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I can’t help to spit nails when just thinking about Trade Unions.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I might have preferred iron, but bronze will do. It won’t rust. And, this time I hope, the head will stay on.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I never hugged him, I bombed him.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Once a woman is made man’s equal, she becomes his superior.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Of course, to be a mother and a housewife is a vocation of a very high kind. But I simply felt that it was not the whole of my vocation. I knew that I also wanted a career. A phrase that Irene Ward, MP for Tynemouth, and I often used was that ‘while the home must always be the centre of one’s life, it should not be the boundary of one’s ambitions’.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Choice is the essence of ethics: if there were no choice there would be no ethics, no good, no evil; good and evil have meaning only insofar as man is free to choose.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

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

“Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“When hecklers stand up, I get a mental jump for joy. It gives me something to get my teeth into – and the audiences love it.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“If your only opportunity is to be equal then it is not opportunity.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

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

“Working hard may not make you rich, but it should make you successful.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Our children need strong families raising them with sturdy virtues, not to be smothered in the cold arms of the state.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I am always on the job.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“When you hold back the successful, you penalize those who need help.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I do wish I had brought my cheque book. I don’t believe in credit cards.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“If you lead a country like Britain, a strong country, a country which has taken a lead in world affairs in good times and in bad, a country that is always reliable, then you have to have a touch of iron about you.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“The United States is contributing massively to the defence of Europe and we should be very grateful.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“If you have a sense of purpose and a sense of direction, I believe people will follow you. Democracy isn’t just about deducing what the people want. Democracy is leading the people as well.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Wars are not caused by the buildup of weapons. They are caused when an aggressor believes he can achieve his objectives at an acceptable price.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“No Western nation has to build a wall round itself to keep its people in.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

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

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“The lesson is clear. Inflation devalues us all.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Advisers advise, and ministers decide.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Young people ought not to be idle, it is very bad for them.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Defeat? I do not recognize the meaning of the word.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“There is a nonsense about intelligent women not being beautiful.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Rooster, maybe well crows, but the eggs still bears the chicken.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“It will be years – not in my time – before a woman will become Prime Minister.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I think, historically, the term ‘Thatcherism’ will be seen as a compliment.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“If you are guided by opinion polls, you are not practicing leadership – you are practicing followership.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“If you go into what I call a bubble boom, every bubble bursts.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Democratic nations must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“If you just set out to be liked, you will be prepared to compromise on anything at anytime, and would achieve nothing. ” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Making change tolerable is one of the duties of Government.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“A quick cure is a quack cure.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“To accuse me of being too inflexible is poppycock.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“The feminists hate me, don’t they? And I don’t blame them. For I hate feminism. It is poison.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I’ve got my teeth into him, and I’m not going to let go.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“What happened in Russia in 1917 wasn’t a revolution – it was a coup d’etat.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“There are too few rich and too few profits.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“You cannot make an omelet without breaking some balls.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“We do not believe that if you cut back what government does you diminish its authority. On the contrary, a government that did less, and therefore did better, would strengthen its authority.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“There might be new technology, but technological progress itself was nothing new – and over the years it had not destroyed jobs, but created them.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“To the extent that the West is to blame at all for the ills of the Third World it is to the extent that the West created Marx and his successors, among whom must be numbered many of those who advised the Third World leaders in post-war years.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“You turn if you want to. The Lady’s not for turning.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“No great goal was ever easily achieved.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“The election of a man committed to the cause of freedom and the renewal of America’s strength has given encouragement to all those who love liberty.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I had the patriotic conviction that, given great leadership of the sort I heard from Winston Churchill in the radio broadcasts to which we listened, there was almost nothing that the British people could not do.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“You know the critical thing with the Communist countries is Communism, which by definition consists of control by the government.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“The secret of happiness is to live within your income and pay your bills on time.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I don’t want to fight any wars; if you can get them off before we get there, you do it, but off they go.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“When you stop a dictator, there are always risks. But there are greater risks in not stopping a dictator.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Let us, then, draw together in the name, not of jingoism, but of justice.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Never flinch. Make up your own mind and do it.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I do not know anyone who has gotten to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but it will get you pretty near.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“There’s no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“There is nothing inevitable about rising unemployment.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Socialism is in no way a curate’s egg.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“When government does its job properly people are free to do theirs.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“The Government wants a peaceful settlement. But we totally reject a peaceful sell-out.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“You do not achieve anything without trouble, ever.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“We will stand on principle or we will not stand at all.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Platitudes? Yes, there are platitudes. Platitudes are there because they are true.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“And what a prize we have to fight for: no less than the chance to banish from our land the dark divisive clouds of Marxist socialism.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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?” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“It is no exaggeration to describe plain English as a fundamental tool of government.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Europe will never be like America. Europe is a product of history. America is a product of philosophy.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I love argument, I love debate. I don’t expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that’s not their job.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“The spirit of envy can destroy; it can never build.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I started out in life with two great advantages: No money and good parents.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I can’t bear Britain in decline. I just can’t.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I will not change just to court popularity.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I shan’t be pulling the levers there but I shall be a very good back-seat driver.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“The battle for women’s rights has largely been won. The days when they were demanded and discussed in strident tones should be gone forever. I hate those strident tones we hear from some Women’s Libbers.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“My job is to stop Britain from going red.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Ronald Reagan won the Cold War without firing a shot.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Good Conservatives always pay their bills. And on time. Not like the Socialists who run up other people’s bills.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Socialism lays an bad egg by killing the capitalism that lays the golden eggs.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“If someone is confronting our essential liberties, if someone is inflicting injuries and harm, by God I’ll confront them!” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I want to get totally rid of class distinction. As someone put it one of the papers this morning: Marks and Spencer have triumphed over Karl Marx and Engels.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Most women defend themselves. It is the female of the species-it is the tigress and lioness in you which tends to defend when attacked.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“It pays to know the enemy – not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“We shall take whatever action is necessary to contain the growth of the money supply. The government, unlike so many of its predecessors, will face up to economic realities.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“The application of collective guilt, running from one generation to another, is a dangerous doctrine which would leave few modern nations unscathed.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“You don’t tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I don’t think there will be a woman prime minister in my lifetime.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“The mission of this government is much more than the promotion of economic progress. It is to renew the spirit and solidarity of the nation.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“We were told our campaign wasn’t sufficiently slick. We regard that as a compliment.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Putting the World to Rights.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“It is in a country’s interests to keep faith with its allies. States in this sense are like people. If you have a reputation for exacting favors and not returning them, the favours dry up.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Citizenship should be based on those who have a close and real relationship with this country and its inhabitants.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“It used to be about trying to do something. Now it’s about trying to be someone.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I have never knowingly made a non-controversial speech in my life.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I don’t mind how much my Ministers talk, so long as they do what I say.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“The government has no money of its own. It’s all your money.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I fight on. I fight to win.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“The European single currency is bound to fail, economically, politically and indeed socially, though the timing, occasion and full consequences are all necessarily still unclear.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Life’s greatest reward is life itself.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“That is what capitalism is: a system that brings wealth to the many, not just the few.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Occupied Falklands are the thorn in my balls.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Do you think you would ever have heard of Christianity if the Apostles had gone out and said, ‘I believe in consensus?’” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I am not a consensus politician. Im a conviction politician.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“History has taught us that freedom cannot long survive unless it is based on moral foundations. You can get the economics right, but in addition liberty must be cultivated as a moral quality.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“When people are free to choose, they choose freedom.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“You don’t win by just being against things, you only win by being for things and making your message perfectly clear.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Our aim is to make tax collecting a declining industry.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“The price of freedom is still, and always will be, eternal vigilance.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Consensus is the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies in search of something in which no one believes, but to which no one objects. – Margaret Thatcher.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“What Britain needs is an iron lady.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“One of the things being in politics has taught me is that men are not a reasoned or reasonable sex.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Dictators can be deterred, they can be crushed-but they can never be appeased.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Peace is hard work and we must not allow people to forget it.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I still want to play in it, maybe when I absolutely think I have no chance of playing in it my view might change but I doubt it because it just doesn’t interest me.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I’m either the witch or Lady Macbeth of English politics, but someone gotta wear the pants in England when others wearing kilts.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“People think that at the top there isn’t much room. They tend to think of it as an Everest. My message is that there is tons of room at the top.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I am an undiluted admirer of American values and the American dream and I believe they will continue to inspire not just the people of the United States but millions across the face of the globe.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Failure? The possibilities do not exist.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“We intend freedom and justice to conquer. Yes, we do have a creed and we wish others to share it. But it is not part of our policy to impose our beliefs by force or threat of force.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Of course it’s the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I believe our way of life is infinitely superior for every human being than any which the Communist creed can offer.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“In my view dictators do not surrender. They have to be well and truly defeated.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I don’t know what I would do without Whitelaw. Everyone should have a Willy.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Tyranny must not prevail.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“As prime minister, I worked closely with Ronald Reagan for eight of the most important years of all our lives. We talked regularly both before and after his presidency. And I have had time and cause to reflect on what made him a great president.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“As the former dissident Vladimir Bukovsky one remarked – referring to the Russian proverb to the effect that you cannot make an omlette without breaking eggs – he had seen plenty of broken eggs, but had never tasted any omlette.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“We speak of peace, yes, but whose peace? Poland’s? Bulgaria’s? The peace of the grave?” ~ Margaret Thatcher

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

“If you set out to be liked, you will accomplish nothing.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“All attempts to destroy democracy by terrorism will fail. It must be business as usual.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“In those days one advantage of being a woman was that there was a basic courtesy towards us on which we could draw – something which today’s feminists have largely dissipated.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Just rejoice at the news and congratulate our armed forces and the Marines. Rejoice!” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“We do not achieve happiness or salvation in isolation from each other but as members of society.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Inflation is the parent of unemployment and the unseen robber of those who have saved.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Hope is no basis for a defense policy.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“How thin is the crust of order over the fires of human appetite and the lust for naked power.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Freedom under the law must never be taken for granted.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I have very strong views about Europe. We’re quite the best country. We rescued them. We’re not going to get entangled with them. We’ve got to keep our own independence. Is that clear?” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Many of our troubles are due to the fact that our people turn to politicians for everything.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“The real case against socialism is not its economic inefficiency, though on all sides there is evidence of that. Much more fundamental is its basic immorality.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I will not stagger from expedient to expedient.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I went to Oxford University – but I’ve never let that hold me back.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“A man may climb Everest for himself, but at the summit he plants his country’s flag.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Home is where you come to when you’ve got nothing better to do.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Remember, George, this is no time to go wobbly.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I want my money back!” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Being democratic is not enough, a majority cannot turn what is wrong into right. In order to be considered truly free, countries must also have a deep love of liberty and an abiding respect for the rule of law.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Constitutions have to be written on hearts, not just paper.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“During my lifetime most of the problems the world has faced have come, in one fashion or other, from mainland Europe, and the solutions from outside it.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“When will Labour learn that you cannot build Jerusalem in Brussels.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“If a Tory does not believe that private property is one of the main bulwarks of individual freedom, then he had better become a socialist and have done with it.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“The Labour Party believes in turning workers against owners; we believe in turning workers into owners.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“We have made too much of one or two people, and we think that they can win or lose elections for us. Don’t be depressed if one particular person transgresses. It doesn’t lose an election unless the Party loses faith in itself.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I’ll stay until I’m tired of it. So long as Britain needs me, I shall never be tired of it.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I applaud strong government, but not overweening government sustained by cronies, ciphers and a personality cult.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“We should not underestimate the enormity of the task which lies ahead. But little can be achieved without sound money. It is the bedrock of sound government.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I am not a compromiser on fundamentals.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“A leader is someone who knows what they want to achieve and can communicate that.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Economics are the method; the object is to change the soul.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“To be free is better than to be unfree – always. Any politician who suggests the opposite should be treated as suspect.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“If it’s me against 48, I feel sorry for the 48.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“The first step in calculating which way to go is to find out where you are.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“In order to unscramble some eggs the leader gotta have some balls.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Those who imagine that a politician would make a better figurehead than a hereditary monarch might perhaps make the acquaintance of more politicians.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“The battle for women’s rights has been largely won.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“We had to fight the enemy without in the Falklands. We always have to be aware of the enemy within, which is much more difficult to fight and more dangerous to liberty.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“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.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I hope we shall see more ande more women combining marriage and a career. Prejudice against this dual role is not confined to men. I regret to say, it comes from our own sex.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I exercise my right as a free citizen to spend my own money in my own way, so that I can go on the day, the time, to the doctor I choose and get out fast.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I do believe that political arrangements which are based upon violence, intimidation and theft will eventually break down – and will deserve to do so.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“In a system of free trade and free markets poor countries – and poor people – are not poor because others are rich. Indeed, if others became less rich the poor would in all probability become still poorer.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“The Russians put guns before butter. We put just about everything before guns.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“It’s a funny old world.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Terrorism thrives on a free society. The terrorist uses the feelings in a free society to sap the will of civilization to resist. If the terrorist succeeds, he has won and the whole of free society has lost.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“Consensus: “The process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values, and policies in search of something in which no one believes, but to which no one objects; the process of avoiding the very issues that have to be solved, merely because you cannot get agreement on the way ahead. What great cause would have been fought and won under the banner: ‘I stand for consensus?” ~ Margaret Thatcher

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