Margaret Thatcher quotes portray a woman who was very popular for her strength and no-nonsense approach. She was well known as the “Iron Lady” due to her stern resolve in political matters. Thatcher was also known for her great friendship with former American President, Ronald Reagan.
Margaret Hilda Thatcher LG, OM, DStJ, PC, FRS, HonFRSC was a British Prime Minister, stateswoman and Baroness. She was considered one of Britain’s greatest Prime Ministers, standing among others like Winston Churchill, who was Prime Minister many years earlier. She first spoke at the White House when Jimmy Carter was President in 1974. Below are a number of her quotes.
“In politics, If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.”
“Don't follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.”
“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.”
“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.”
“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.”
“I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.”
“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”
“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.”
“If you just set out to be liked, you will be prepared to compromise on anything at anytime, and would achieve nothing.”
“When I'm out of politics I'm going to run a business, it'll be called rent-a-spine”
“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.”
“Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.”
“It used to be about trying to do something. Now it's about trying to be someone.”
“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.”
“I think we've been through a period where too many people have been given to understand that if they have a problem, it's the government's job to cope with it. 'I have a problem, I'll get a grant.' 'I'm homeless, the government must house me.' They're casting their problem on society. And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It's our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations. There's no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation.”
“To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.”
“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?”
“If you set out to be liked, you will accomplish nothing.”
“I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds, and I very rarely change it.”
“Watch your thoughts, for they will become actions. Watch your actions, for they'll become... habits. Watch your habits for they will forge your character. Watch your character, for it will make your destiny.”
“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.”
“In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.”
“Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.”
“Of course it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.”
“Socialists are happy until they run out of other people's money.”
“There are significant differences between the American and European version of capitalism. The American traditiionally emphasizes the need for limited government, light regulations, low taxes and maximum labour-market flexibility. Its success has been shown above all in the ability to create new jobs, in which it is consistently more successful than Europe.”
“To those waiting with bated breath for that favorite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only this to say, ‘You turn if you want; the lady’s not for turning.”
“I am extraordinarily patient provided I get my own way in the end.” - Margaret Thatcher”
“I'm back... and you knew I was coming. On my way here I passed a cinema with the sign 'The Mummy Returns'.”
“I wasn't lucky, I deserved it.”
“The facts of life are conservative.”
“Any leader has to have a certain amount of steel in them, so I am not that put out being called the Iron Lady.”
“If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing."
“The truths of the Judaic-Christian tradition, are infinitely precious, not only, as I believe, because they are true, but also because they provide the moral impulse which alone can lead to that peace, in the true meaning of the word, for which we all long. . . . 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.”
“Law and order is a social service. Crime and the fear which the threat of crime induces can paralyse whole communities, keep lonely and vulnerable elderly people shut up in their homes, scar young lives and raise to cult status the swaggering violent bully who achieves predatory control over the streets. I suspect that there would be more support and less criticism than today's political leaders imagine for a large shift of resources from Social Security benefits to law and order - as long as rhetoric about getting tough on crime was matched by practice.”
“well it used to be about trying to do something, now it is about trying to be someone”
“Power is like being a lady... if you have to tell people you are, you aren't.”
“When I prepare for a match, it's like work, even the way I have to shower and put on my makeup."
“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.”
“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.”
“As Prime Minister between 1979 and 1990 I had the opportunity to put these convictions into effect in economic policy -
“It pays to know the enemy - not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.”
“I think we have gone through a period when too many children and people have been given to understand 'I have a problem, it is the government's job to cope with it!' or 'I have a problem, I will go and get a grant to cope with it!'; 'I am homeless, the government must house me!' and so they are casting their problems on society and who is society?
Margaret Thatcher quotes are powerful expressions of someone who believed in herself. She was known for speaking her mind and always did. Due to her relationship with Ronald Reagan, she was also close to Nancy Reagan. I hope that readers will find something in her quotes to inspire.