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Margaret Thatcher quotes

born 13 October 1925, British politician

In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.
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I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
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If you want to cut your own throat, don't come to me for a bandage.
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Popular capitalism is nothing less than a crusade to enfranchise the many in the economic life
of the nation.
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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.
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If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any
time, and you would achieve nothing.
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Defeat? I do not recognise the meaning of the word.
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No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions; he had money
as well.
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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.
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Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
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I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will
not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near.
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Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding
the problems of running a country.
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There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are
families.
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I've got a woman's ability to stick to a job and get on with it when everyone else walks off
and leaves it.
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You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
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Constitutions have to be written on hearts, not just paper.
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To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukaemia with leeches.
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If one is shot dead, it is a great consolation to know that it was with a legally held firearm.
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Democratic nations must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the
oxygen of publicity on which they depend.
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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.
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The woman's mission is not to enhance the masculine spirit, but to express the feminine; hers
is not to preserve a man-made world, but to create a human world by the infusion of the
feminine element into all of its activities.
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Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.
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There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.
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Many of our troubles are due to the fact that our people turn to politicians for everything.
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The wisdom of hindsight, so useful to historians and indeed to authors of memoirs, is sadly
denied to practicing politicians.
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I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds, and I very rarely change it.
Margaret Thatcher

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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Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic
from both sides.
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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.
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A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us.
Margaret Thatcher

Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and importance, although difficult, is the
highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.
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Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.
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And what a prize we have to fight for: No less than the chance to banish from our land the
dark divisive clouds of Marxist socialism.
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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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Europe will never be like America. Europe is a product of history. America is a product of
philosophy.
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If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn't swim.
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Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family
and friends.
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