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Top 100 Margaret Thatcher Quotes

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

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”

“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 wasn't lucky, I deserved it.”

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

“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 am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.”

“If you just set out to be liked, you will be prepared to compromise on anything at anytime, and would achieve nothing. ”

“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.”

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

“It used to be about trying to do something. Now it's about trying to be someone.”

“When I'm out of politics I'm going to run a business, it will 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.”

“In politics, If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.”

“A leader is someone who knows what they want to achieve and can communicate that.”

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

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

“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.”

“Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina.”

“I fight on. I fight to win.”

“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.”

“Economics are the method; the object is to change the soul.”

“I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work.”

“I started out in life with two great advantages: No money and good parents.”

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

“I want my money back!”

“Europe will never be like America. Europe is a product of history. America is a product of philosophy.”

“Hope is no basis for a defense policy.”

“The larger the slice taken by government, the smaller the cake available for everyone.”

“No great goal was ever easily achieved.”

“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.”

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

“When all the objectives of government include the achievement of equality – other than equality before the law – that government poses a threat to liberty.”

“Defeat? I do not recognize the meaning of the word.”

“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.”

“Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.”

“I love argument, I love debate. I don’t expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that’s not their job.”

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“That is what capitalism is: a system that brings wealth to the many, not just the few.”

“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.”

“In order to unscramble some eggs the leader gotta have some balls.”

“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.”

“I’ll stay until I’m tired of it. So long as Britain needs me, I shall never be tired of it.”

“Free enterprise has enabled the creative and the acquisitive urges of man to be given expression in a way which benefits all members of society. Let free enterprise fight back now, not for itself, but for all those who believe in freedom.”

“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.”

“What happened in Russia in 1917 wasn’t a revolution – it was a coup d’etat.”

“Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.”

Famous Quotes By Margaret Thatcher 

“Our children need strong families raising them with sturdy virtues, not to be smothered in the cold arms of the state.”

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

“Socialism lays an bad egg by killing the capitalism that lays the golden eggs.”

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

“Putting the World to Rights.”

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

“This business of the working class is on its way out I think. After all, aren’t I working class? I work jolly hard, I can tell you.”

“Failure? The possibilities do not exist.”

“You don’t tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive.”

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

“Many of our troubles are due to the fact that our people turn to politicians for everything.”

“I am always on the job.”

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

“Young people ought not to be idle, it is very bad for them.”

“In my view dictators do not surrender. They have to be well and truly defeated.”

“We had to do what we had to do – Britain is great again.”

“I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.”

“When will Labour learn that you cannot build Jerusalem in Brussels.”

“I was turned out because I said to Europe no, no, no. That no, no, no has now turned into yes, yes. Two yes’s not three because he got the Social Chapter out and he’s reserved his position on the single currency.”

“In my lifetime all our problems have come from mainland Europe and all the solutions have come from the English-speaking nations across the world.”

“I’m either the witch or Lady Macbeth of English politics, but someone gotta wear the pants in England when others wearing kilts.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

“It will be years – not in my time – before a woman will become Prime Minister.”

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“People from my sort of background needed grammar schools to compete with children from privileged homes like Shirley Williams and Anthony Wedgwood Benn.”

“There is no such thing as society.”

“You don’t win by just being against things, you only win by being for things and making your message perfectly clear.”

“One of my favourite quotations is: 'That which thy father bequeathed thee, earn it anew, if thou wouldst possess it.'”

“It’s a funny old world.”

“There is a nonsense about intelligent women not being beautiful.”

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

“Our aim is to make tax collecting a declining industry.”

“As prime minister, I worked closely with Ronald Reagan for eight of the most important years of all our lives. We talked regularly both before and after his presidency. And I have had time and cause to reflect on what made him a great president.”

“Most women defend themselves. It is the female of the species-it is the tigress and lioness in you which tends to defend when attacked.”

“Rooster, maybe well crows, but the eggs still bears the chicken.”

“Inflation is the parent of unemployment and the unseen robber of those who have saved.”

“Our judgement is that the presence of the Royal Marines garrison is sufficient deterrent against any possible aggression.”

“All attempts to destroy democracy by terrorism will fail. It must be business as usual.”

Margaret Thatcher Best Short Quotes

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

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

“Of course it’s the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.”

“There is nothing inevitable about rising unemployment.”

“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.”

“Citizenship should be based on those who have a close and real relationship with this country and its inhabitants.”

“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.”

“We speak of peace, yes, but whose peace? Poland’s? Bulgaria’s? The peace of the grave?”

“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 super-state exercising a new dominance from Brussels.”

“Making change tolerable is one of the duties of Government.”

“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.”

“I’m not a good butcher but I’ve had to learn to carve the joint. People expect a new look.”

“It pays to know the enemy – not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.”

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