Margaret Thatcher quotes

Born
13 October 1925 Grantham, Lincolnshire, England.

Died
8 April 2013.

Occupation
Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher 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.

Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus.
– Margaret Thatcher
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
– Margaret Thatcher
No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions; he had money as well.
– 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
A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us.
– Margaret Thatcher
I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air.
– Margaret Thatcher
Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.
– 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
Power is like being a lady… if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.
– 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
There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.
– Margaret Thatcher
If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.
– Margaret Thatcher
The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.
– Margaret Thatcher
You and I come by road or rail, but economists travel on infrastructure.
– Margaret Thatcher
If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.
– Margaret Thatcher
I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds, and I very rarely change it.
– 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
One of the things being in politics has taught me is that men are not a reasoned or reasonable sex.
– 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
I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
– Margaret Thatcher
There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.
– Margaret Thatcher
The spirit of envy can destroy; it can never build.
– Margaret Thatcher
Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.
– 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
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
– Margaret Thatcher
I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.
– Margaret Thatcher
Being prime minister is a lonely job… you cannot lead from the crowd.
– 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
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
Of course it’s the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.
– Margaret Thatcher
Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.
– Margaret Thatcher
The battle for women’s rights has been largely won.
– Margaret Thatcher