Margaret Thatcher was Britain’s first and only female prime minister to date. She was well known for her bluntness, strong character, sharpness and sternness. However, the Iron Lady was also renown for her no-nonsense turn of phrase.
The former Prime Minister, who died of stroke at the age of 87, is no longer with us but she leaves behind unforgettable words.
Following are top 20 most memorable quotes from Margaret Thatcher.
“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.”
“The younger generation doesn’t want equality and regimentation, but opportunity to shape their world while showing compassion to those in real need.”
“Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them.”
“There are dangers in consensus: it could be an attempt to satisfy people holding no particular views about anything. … No great party can survive except on the basis of firm beliefs about what it wants to do.”
“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.”
“I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.”
“Watch your thoughts for they become words. Watch your words for they become actions. Watch your actions for they become habits. Watch your habits for they become your character. And watch your character for it becomes your destiny. What we think, we become. My father always said that… and I think I am fine.”
“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.”
“I might have preferred iron, but bronze will do. It won’t rust. And, this time I hope, the head will stay on.”
“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.”
“It was a lovely morning. We have not had many lovely days. And the sun was just coming through the stained glass windows and falling on some flowers right across the church and it just occurred to me that this was the day I was meant not to see.”
“Pennies don’t fall from heaven, they have to be earned here on earth.”
“I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air.”
“Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.”
“To wear your heart on your sleeve isn’t a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.”
“I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.”
“Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.”
“A man may climb Everest for himself, but at the summit he plants his country’s flag.”
“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.”
“A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us.”
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