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