Margaret Thatcher Quotes
No-one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions; he had money as well.
TV Interview for London Weekend Television Weekend World (January 6, 1980)
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.
The News of the World (September 20, 1981)
To me, consensus seems to be: 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 need 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’?
The Downing Street Years (1993)
It was treachery with a smile on its face. Perhaps that was the worst thing of all.
Spoken in 1993 about the cabinet colleagues who had advised her to stand down.
I am not a consensus politician. I am a conviction politician.
Spoken in 1975 when she assumed leadership of the Conservative Party.
To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only one thing to say. You turn if you want to. The lady's not for turning.
Speech to Conservative Party Conference on October 10, 1980. Paraphrasing Christopher Fry's popular play title while insisting that she will press on with her policies.
Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. Where there is despair, may we bring hope.
Quoting St Francis of Assisi, on her 1979 election victory.
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.
On the 1984-85 miners' strike
I fight on, I fight to win.
November, 21 1990. She resigned the next day after failing to win enough votes in the Tory leadership contest.
In my work, you get used to criticisms. Of course you do, because there are a lot of people trying to get you down, but I always cheer up immensely if one is particularly wounding because I think well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left. That is why my father always taught me: never worry about anyone who attacks you personally; it means their arguments carry no weight and they know it.
Interview with Italian television by Enzo Biagi (March 10, 1986)
If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything, wouldn't you, at any time? And you would achieve nothing!
Interview for Press Association (10th anniversary as Prime Minister) (May 3, 1989)
Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
About being prime minister.
It may be the cock that crows, but it is the hen that lays the eggs.
About being a woman in politics.
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 superstate exercising a new dominance from Brussels.
I love argument. I love debate. I don't expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me - that's not their job.
Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
No woman in my time will be prime minister or foreign secretary - not the top jobs. Anyway, I wouldn't want to be prime minister. You have to give yourself 100% to the job.
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.
The battle for women’s rights has largely been won, I hate those strident tones we hear from some women’s libbers.
If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.
In politics, If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.
One only gets to the top rung on the ladder by steadily climbing up one at a time, and suddenly all sorts of powers, all sort of abilities which you thought never belonged to you-suddenly become within your own possibility and you think, Well, I’ll have a go, too.