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Top 10 Margaret Thatcher Quotes (BEST)
- Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.
- It may be the cock that crows, but it is the hen that lays the eggs.
- To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.
- 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.
- To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukaemia with leeches.
- No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions; he had money as well.
- If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.
- If you set out to be liked, you will accomplish nothing.
- Each generation has to stand up for democracy. It can't take anything for granted and may have to fight fundamental battles anew.
- 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 Short Quotes
- If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn't swim.
- Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.
- You and I come by road or rail, but economists travel on infrastructure.
- The feminists hate me, don't they? And I don't blame them. For I hate feminism. It is poison.
- I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air.
- There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.
- A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us.
- If you want to cut your own throat, don't come to me for a bandage.
- It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake.
- I am not a consensus politician. Im a conviction politician.
Margaret Thatcher Quotes On Leadership
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
Don't follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you. — Margaret Thatcher
The first step in calculating which way to go is to find out where you are. — 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
Consensus is the absence of leadership. — Margaret Thatcher
If you are guided by opinion polls, you are not practicing leadership -- you are practicing followership. — Margaret Thatcher
Consensus is the negation of leadership. — 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
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
Consensus negates leadership. — Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher Quotes On Taxes
Good Conservatives always pay their bills. And on time. Not like the Socialists who run up other people's bills. — 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
Our aim is to make tax collecting a declining industry. — Margaret Thatcher
We introduced the Community Charge. I still call it that. I like the Poles - I never had any intention of taxing them. — Margaret Thatcher
It is your tax which pays for public spending. The government have no money of their own. There is only taxpayers' money. — Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher Quotes On Economics
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
My policies are based not on some economics theory, but on things I and millions like me were brought up with: an honest day's work for an honest day's pay; live within your means; put by a nest egg for a rainy day; pay your bills on time; support the police. — 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
There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty. — Margaret Thatcher
The desire to achieve grand utopian plans often poses a grave threat to freedom. — 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
Economics are the method; the object is to change the soul. — 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
Yet the basic fact remains: every regulation represents a restriction of liberty, every regulation has a cost. That is why, like marriage (in the Prayer Book's words), regulation should not "be enterprised, nor taken in hand, unadvisedly, lightly, or wantonly" — 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
Margaret Thatcher Quotes On Freedom
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. — Margaret Thatcher
The price of freedom is still, and always will be, eternal vigilance. — Margaret Thatcher
Marxists get up early to further their cause. We must get up even earlier to defend our freedom. — 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 messages on our banners in 1979 - freedom, opportunity, family, enterprise, ownership - are now inscribed on the banners in Leipzig, Warsaw, Budapest and even Moscow. — Margaret Thatcher
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. — Margaret Thatcher
Freedom under the law must never be taken for granted. — 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
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.' — 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
Margaret Thatcher Quotes On Government
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
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. — Margaret Thatcher
I applaud strong government, but not overweening government sustained by cronies, ciphers and a personality cult. — Margaret Thatcher
How very popular to say, 'spend more on this, expend more on that.' And of course, we all have our favorite causes; I know I do. But someone has to add up the figures. Every business has to do it, every housewife has to do it, [and] every government should do it. — 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
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. — Margaret Thatcher
It must be a conviction Government. As Prime Minister I could not waste time having internal arguments. — Margaret Thatcher
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. — 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
I'm not a good butcher but I've had to learn to carve the joint. People expect a new look. — Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher Quotes On Strong
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
Our children need strong families raising them with sturdy virtues, not to be smothered in the cold arms of the state. — Margaret Thatcher
Every Conservative desires peace. The threat to peace comes from Communism which has powerful forces ready to attack anywhere. Communism waits for weakness, it leaves strength alone. Britain must therefore be strong, strong in her arms, strong in her faith, strong in her own way of life. — Margaret Thatcher
There are always dangers about. Therefore you must always keep your defences strong. — Margaret Thatcher
Had I faltered we would have neither the success nor the international reputation we have. Yet when a woman is strong she is strident. If a man is strong, he's a good guy. — Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher Quotes On People
Power is like being a lady... if you have to tell people you are, you aren't. — Margaret Thatcher
The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money. — Margaret Thatcher
Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. — 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
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
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
There are still people in my party who believe in consensus politics. I regard them as Quislings, as traitors... I mean 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
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
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. — Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher Quotes On Work
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
Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan. — Margaret Thatcher
I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near. — 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
I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. — 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 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
Pennies do not come from heaven -- they have to be earned here on earth. — Margaret Thatcher
The Third World is very much like the First World - just poorer: what works for the West will work for the rest as well. — Margaret Thatcher
The virtues prized in free countries are honesty, self-discipline, a sense of responsibility to one's family, a sense of loyalty to one's employer and staff, and a pride in the quality of one's work. And these virtues only flourish in a climate of freedom. — Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher Quotes On Politics
I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph. — Margaret Thatcher
One of the things being in politics has taught me is that men are not a reasoned or reasonable sex. — 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
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
When I'm out of politics I'm going to run a business, it'll be called rent-a-spine — 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
Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends." ~ (1925- ), English political leader. — Margaret Thatcher
We want a society in which we are free to make choices, to make mistakes, to be generous and compassionate. That is what we mean by a moral society - not a society in which the State is responsible for everything, and no one is responsible for the State. — 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
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
Margaret Thatcher Quotes On Lady
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 don't think there will be a woman Prime Minister in my lifetime. — Margaret Thatcher
We will stand on principle or we will not stand at all. — Margaret Thatcher
A man may climb Everest for himself, but at the summit he plants his country's flag. — Margaret Thatcher
What Britain needs is an iron lady. — Margaret Thatcher
It used to be about trying to do something. Now it's about trying to be someone. — Margaret Thatcher
I might have preferred iron - but bronze will do. It won't rust. This time I hope, the head will stay on. — Margaret Thatcher
Defeat? I do not recognize the meaning of the word. — Margaret Thatcher
You turn if you want to. The Lady's not for turning. — 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
Margaret Thatcher Quotes On Mind
I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds, and I very rarely change it. — Margaret Thatcher
I don't mind how much my Ministers talk, so long as they do what I say. — Margaret Thatcher
I don't mind how much my ministers talk -- as long as they do what I say. — 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
Ideally, when Christians meet, as Christians do, to take counsel together, their purpose is not ( or should not be) to ascertain what is the mind of the majority but what is the mind of the Holy Spirit - something which may be quite different. — Margaret Thatcher
Never flinch. Make up your own mind and do it. — Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher Famous Quotes And Sayings
Watch your thoughts for they become words. Watch your words for they become actions. Watch your actions for they become habits. Watch your habits for they become your character. And watch your character for it becomes your destiny. What we think, we become. My father always said that... and I think I am fine. — Margaret Thatcher
What we should grasp, however, from the lessons of European history is that, first, there is nothing necessarily benevolent about programmes of European integration; second, the desire to achieve grand utopian plans often poses a grave threat to freedom; and third, European unity has been tried before, and the outcome was far from happy. — 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
(A unified) 'Europe' is the result of plans. It is, in fact, a classic utopian project, a monument to the vanity of intellectuals, a programme whose inevitable destiny is failure: only the scale of the final damage done is in doubt. — 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
The wisdom of hindsight, so useful to historians and indeed to authors of memoirs, is sadly denied to practicing politicians. — 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
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. — Margaret Thatcher
It is important not to allow ever wider coalition-building to become an end in itself. As we saw in the Gulf War of 1990, international pressures, particularly those exerted from within an alliance, can result in the failure to follow actions through and so leave future problems unresolved. — Margaret Thatcher
Socialists have always spent much of their time seeking new titles for their beliefs, because the old versions so quickly become outdated and discredited. — Margaret Thatcher
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides. — 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
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
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
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
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
The Labour Party believes in turning workers against owners; we believe in turning workers into owners. — 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
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
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
A quick cure is a quack cure. — 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
Everything a politician promises at election time has to be paid for either by higher taxation or by borrowing. — Margaret Thatcher
You cannot make an omelet without breaking some balls — Margaret Thatcher
When you hold back the successful, you penalize those who need help. — Margaret Thatcher
Citizenship should be based on those who have a close and real relationship with this country and its inhabitants. — Margaret Thatcher
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. — Margaret Thatcher
Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus. — Margaret Thatcher
Being prime minister is a lonely job... you cannot lead from the crowd. — Margaret Thatcher
When you stop a dictator, there are always risks. But there are greater risks in not stopping a dictator. — Margaret Thatcher
Ronald Reagan won the Cold War without firing a shot. — Margaret Thatcher
Tyranny must not prevail. — 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; its when you had everything to do, and you've done it. — Margaret Thatcher
If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman. — Margaret Thatcher
Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy. — 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
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 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
I started out in life with two great advantages: No money and good parents. — Margaret Thatcher
...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. — Margaret Thatcher
We were told our campaign wasn't sufficiently slick. We regard that as a compliment. — Margaret Thatcher
I owe nothing to Women's Lib. — Margaret Thatcher
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. — Margaret Thatcher
We weren't getting a fair deal on the budget and I wasn't going to have it. There's a great strand of equity and fairness in the British people - this is our characteristic. There's not a strand of equity and fairness in Europe - they're out to get as much as they can. That's one of those enormous differences. So I tackled it on that basis. — Margaret Thatcher
I would just like to remember some words of St. Francis of Assisi which I think are really just particularly apt at the moment. 'Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope. — Margaret Thatcher
I went to Oxford University - but I've never let that hold me back. — Margaret Thatcher
I am extraordinarily patient provided I get my own way in the end. — 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
When will Labour learn that you cannot build Jerusalem in Brussels. — Margaret Thatcher
Life Lessons by Margaret Thatcher
- Margaret Thatcher taught us to never give up and to always strive for success, no matter how difficult the odds may be.
- She also showed us the importance of having a strong work ethic and taking responsibility for our own actions.
- Finally, her leadership demonstrated the power of clear communication and decisive decision-making in order to achieve one's goals.
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