46 Famous Margaret Thatcher Quotes On Leadership, Life and Politics

Margaret Thatcher was the world’s most famous female leader for a generation. She was a crusader against socialism and a staunch believer in free markets. She rose to prominence as a Member of Parliament and later as the leader of her country. She is widely regarded as one of the greatest politicians of all time. Here are some of the most famous Margaret Thatcher quotes.

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Margaret Thatcher was born on October 13, 1925. She was a British politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990. She was the first woman to hold that office, and also the longest-serving Prime Minister of the 20th century. She is often cited as one of the most influential British politicians of the 20th century.

Margaret Thatcher Quotes

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

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

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

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

6. “Any leader has to have a certain amount of steel in them, so I am not that put out being called the Iron Lady.”

7. “When people are free to choose, they choose freedom”

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

9. “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.”

10. “Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”

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Margaret Thatcher Famous Quotes

11. “Watch your thoughts, for they will become actions. Watch your actions, for they’ll become… habits. Watch your habits for they will forge your character. Watch your character, for it will make your destiny.”

12. “Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.”

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

14. “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.”

15. “I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.”

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

17. “Freedom will destroy itself if it is not exercised within some sort of moral framework, some body of shared beliefs, some spiritual heritage transmitted through the Church, the family, and the school.”

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

17. “I wasn’t lucky, I deserved it.”

18. “I’m back… and you knew I was coming. On my way here I passed a cinema with the sign ‘The Mummy Returns’.”

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

20. “Whether it is in the United States or in mainland Europe, written constitutions have one great weakness. That is that they contain the potential to have judges take decisions which should properly be made by democratically elected politicians.”

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21. “I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds, and I very rarely change it.”

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

23. “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

24. “Constitutions have to be written on hearts, not just paper.”

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

25. “If you can’t afford it, you can’t have it.”

26. “I don’t think there will be a woman prime minister in my lifetime.”

27. “Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.”

28. “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.”

29. “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.”

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

31. “The facts of life are conservative.”

32. “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.”

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

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

35. “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.”

36. “feminists hate me don’t they? And i don’t blame them. For i hate feminism. It is poison.”

37. “Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.”

38. “Being democratic is not enough, a majority cannot turn what is wrong into right. In order to be considered truly free, countries must also have a deep love of liberty and an abiding respect for the rule of law.”

39. “There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.”

40. “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.”

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

42. “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.”

42. “Being prime minister is a lonely job… you cannot lead from the crowd.”

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

43. “I don’t mind how much my Ministers talk, so long as they do what I say.”

44. “Politicians should resist the temptation to consider themselves experts in fields where they have no experience.”

43. “If you want something said,ask a man;if you want something done,ask a woman.”

44. “You and I come by road or rail, but economists travel on infrastructure.”

45. “We are not asking for a penny piece of community money for Britain. What we are asking is for a very large amount of our own money back, over and above what we contribute to the community, which is covered by our receipts from the community.”

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

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

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

47. “People think that at the top there isn’t much room. They tend to think of it as an Everest. My message is that there is tons of room at the top.”

48. “To be free is better than to be unfree – always. Any politician who suggests the opposite should be treated as suspect.”

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