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

The most delighting Margaret Thatcher quotes that are proven to give you inner joy

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

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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.

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

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Margaret Thatcher quote Look at a day when you are supremely sat

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.

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It may be the cock that crows, but it is the hen that lays the eggs.

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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.

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To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukaemia with leeches.

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Margaret Thatcher quote Dont follow the crowd. Let the crowd fol

Dont follow the crowd. Let the crowd follow you.

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No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions; he had money as well.

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

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

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Margaret Thatcher quote Dont follow the crowd. Let the crowd fol

Dont follow the crowd. Let the crowd follow you.

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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.

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(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.

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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.

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Margaret Thatcher quote Don't follow the crowd. Let the crowd fo

Don't follow the crowd. Let the crowd follow you.

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About Margaret Thatcher

Quotes 490 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Leader
Birthday October 13, 1925

Each generation has to stand up for democracy.

It can't take anything for granted and may have to fight fundamental battles anew.

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

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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.

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Margaret Thatcher quote If you set out to be liked, you will acc

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

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If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn't swim.

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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.

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Power is like being a lady... if you have to tell people you are, you aren't.

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Margaret Thatcher quote Look at a day when you're supremely sati

Look at a day when you're 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess.

They always run out of other people's money. It's quite a characteristic of them.

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Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous;

you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.

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

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Don't follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.

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Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.

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

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The first step in calculating which way to go is to find out where you are.

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

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

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

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

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

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I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.

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

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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.

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

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Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.

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Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.

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A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us.

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There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.

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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.

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The price of freedom is still, and always will be, eternal vigilance.

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What Britain needs is an iron lady.

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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.

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If you want to cut your own throat, don't come to me for a bandage.

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It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake.

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