Top 20 Powerful Quotes from Margaret Thatcher

Whether you loved her or loathed her, you must agree that Margaret Thatcher was a leader who led from her convictions. Rare in politics these days, here are a few of her more famous quotes.

1) To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects

2) 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.”

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

4) If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.

5) 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.

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

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

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

9) Of course it’s the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.

10) Being prime minister is a lonely job… you cannot lead from the crowd.

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

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

13) Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus.

14)”I wasn’t lucky. I deserved it” – Comment on receiving a school prize, aged nine.

15) There is no such thing as Society. There are individual men and women, and there are families.

16) Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope. -May 4, 1979, after becoming PM

17) 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.

18) Constitutions have to be written on hearts, not just paper.

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

20) The larger the slice taken by government, the smaller the cake available for everyone.

Bonus one

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

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  1. Some have the ‘ring of Truth’ but are not necessarily so – a concensus CAN be a good thing eg we agree NOT to abuse women; we agree not to taunt, bully, abuse those of a different faith but to speak ‘the Truth in Love’ – as theywill endaeavour to do so to us of their Truth…. no 20 is a recipe for disaster: 20) The larger the slice taken by government, the smaller the cake available for everyone.Government provides as the individual NEVER an health care, education and welfare … child poverty grew to 28% under Thatcher…

    The government represents our collective will – Do we want the ‘working poor’ of today to starve, for their children to have few opportunities or do we provide ‘child allowances’ (an indirect subsidy to employers that allows them to pay less and NOT be subject to strike action by family providers?) And the Samaritan may be welathy but TAX ensures that some of that wealth is directed to tend the wounds of the poor – only a rare Samaritan actually gives freely of his wealth – Society cannot rely on the ‘charity’ of the wealthy as they are wealthy not always through honest work or love of others but through greed and a willingness to exploit! Hence taxes. And hence the activism of previous generations of Christians to end slavery (today’s Christians also contribute tio ending this and sex slavery, child labour etc) …

    The ‘trickle down’ effect has been debunked – relying on teh wealthy to be generous to the ‘worthy poor’ – and more so those they deem ‘unworthy’ – results in beggers, starving in teh streets etc. It’s like relying on mining companies to clean up their mess, provide for asbestos sufferers and save the enviornment … rather that build mansions, buy blood diamonds etc, A lack of taxes also distorts the economy just in a different way, allowing more to suffer. Christians asked for Government provision of many of todays services as they clearly saw and were trying to meet the inadequacies of private charity.

    Thatcher’s use of the Good Samariitan: ie we would not remember the Good Samaritan if he had not money is reprehensible. Christ emphasised an individual responsiblility but he never argued against taxes – even those levied by an oppressive occdupier … the only guide was conscience. Nowhere did he say do not pay tax so that there can be no ‘free’ health or ‘free’ education or aged pension or public housing etc (though he may ahve had something to say about funding wars and subsidising weapons exports?).

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