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Margaret Thatcher Quote: “We have not successfully rolled back the frontiers of the state in Britain, only to see them re-imposed at a European level with a European super-state exercising a new dominance from Brussels.”

We have not successfully rolled back the frontiers of the state in Britain, only to see them re-imposed at a European level with a European super-state exercising a new dominance from Brussels.

— Margaret Thatcher



Margaret Thatcher Quote: “It will be years – not in my time – before a woman will become Prime Minister.”

It will be years – not in my time – before a woman will become Prime Minister.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “The application of collective guilt, running from one generation to another, is a dangerous doctrine which would leave few modern nations unscathed.”

The application of collective guilt, running from one generation to another, is a dangerous doctrine which would leave few modern nations unscathed.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “We speak of peace, yes, but whose peace? Poland’s? Bulgaria’s? The peace of the grave?”

We speak of peace, yes, but whose peace? Poland’s? Bulgaria’s? The peace of the grave?

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “I came to office with one deliberate intent: to change Britain from a dependent to a self-reliant society – from a give-it-to-me, to a do-it-yourself nation. A get-up-and-go, instead of a sit-back-and-wait-for-it Britain.”

I came to office with one deliberate intent: to change Britain from a dependent to a self-reliant society – from a give-it-to-me, to a do-it-yourself nation. A get-up-and-go, instead of a sit-back-and-wait-for-it Britain.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “There is a nonsense about intelligent women not being beautiful.”

There is a nonsense about intelligent women not being beautiful.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Citizenship should be based on those who have a close and real relationship with this country and its inhabitants.”

Citizenship should be based on those who have a close and real relationship with this country and its inhabitants.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Let our children grow tall and some taller than others if they have it in them to do so.”

Let our children grow tall and some taller than others if they have it in them to do so.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “There are too many people who imagine that there is something sophisticated about always believing the best of those who hate your country, and the worst of those who defend it.”

There are too many people who imagine that there is something sophisticated about always believing the best of those who hate your country, and the worst of those who defend it.

— Margaret Thatcher


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

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

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Leadership is about having principles. A leader must have a vision and principles that will endure for all time and must always be true to these principles, applying them to changing circumstances.”

Leadership is about having principles. A leader must have a vision and principles that will endure for all time and must always be true to these principles, applying them to changing circumstances.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Remember the ‘Parable of the Talents’ in the New Testament? Christ exhorts us to be the best we can be by developing our skills and abilities, by succeeding in all our tasks and endeavors. What better description can there be of capitalism?”

Remember the ‘Parable of the Talents’ in the New Testament? Christ exhorts us to be the best we can be by developing our skills and abilities, by succeeding in all our tasks and endeavors. What better description can there be of capitalism?

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Young people ought not to be idle, it is very bad for them.”

Young people ought not to be idle, it is very bad for them.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Rooster, maybe well crows, but the eggs still bears the chicken.”

Rooster, maybe well crows, but the eggs still bears the chicken.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Our judgement is that the presence of the Royal Marines garrison is sufficient deterrent against any possible aggression.”

Our judgement is that the presence of the Royal Marines garrison is sufficient deterrent against any possible aggression.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “I was turned out because I said to Europe no, no, no. That no, no, no has now turned into yes, yes. Two yes’s not three because he got the Social Chapter out and he’s reserved his position on the single currency.”

I was turned out because I said to Europe no, no, no. That no, no, no has now turned into yes, yes. Two yes’s not three because he got the Social Chapter out and he’s reserved his position on the single currency.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Forget that I’m a woman. Forget the accusations that I am a Right Winger demanding privilege – I had precious little privilege in my early years.”

Forget that I’m a woman. Forget the accusations that I am a Right Winger demanding privilege – I had precious little privilege in my early years.

— Margaret Thatcher


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

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

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Socialism is in no way a curate’s egg.”

Socialism is in no way a curate’s egg.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Whether manufactured by black, white, brown or yellow hands, a widget remains a widget – and it will be bought anywhere if the price and quality are right. The market is a more powerful and more reliable liberating force than government can ever be.”

Whether manufactured by black, white, brown or yellow hands, a widget remains a widget – and it will be bought anywhere if the price and quality are right. The market is a more powerful and more reliable liberating force than government can ever be.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “People are really rather afraid that this country might be rather swamped by people with a different culture.”

People are really rather afraid that this country might be rather swamped by people with a different culture.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “There is little hope for democracy if the hearts of men and women in democratic societies cannot be touched by a call to something greater than themselves.”

There is little hope for democracy if the hearts of men and women in democratic societies cannot be touched by a call to something greater than themselves.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Good Conservatives always pay their bills. And on time. Not like the Socialists who run up other people’s bills.”

Good Conservatives always pay their bills. And on time. Not like the Socialists who run up other people’s bills.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “There is nothing inevitable about rising unemployment.”

There is nothing inevitable about rising unemployment.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “The spirit of envy can destroy; it can never build.”

The spirit of envy can destroy; it can never build.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “The wisdom of hindsight, so useful to historians and indeed to authors of memoirs, is sadly denied to practicing politicians.”

The wisdom of hindsight, so useful to historians and indeed to authors of memoirs, is sadly denied to practicing politicians.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “We are not prepared to consider special category status for certain groups of people serving sentences for crime. Crime is crime is crime, it is not political.”

We are not prepared to consider special category status for certain groups of people serving sentences for crime. Crime is crime is crime, it is not political.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “I’m not a good butcher but I’ve had to learn to carve the joint. People expect a new look.”

I’m not a good butcher but I’ve had to learn to carve the joint. People expect a new look.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Marxists get up early to further their cause. We must get up even earlier to defend our freedom.”

Marxists get up early to further their cause. We must get up even earlier to defend our freedom.

— Margaret Thatcher


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

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

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “If your only opportunity is to be equal then it is not opportunity.”

If your only opportunity is to be equal then it is not opportunity.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Making change tolerable is one of the duties of Government.”

Making change tolerable is one of the duties of Government.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air.”

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

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “The lesson is clear. Inflation devalues us all.”

The lesson is clear. Inflation devalues us all.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “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.”

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.

— Margaret Thatcher


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

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

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “The Government wants a peaceful settlement. But we totally reject a peaceful sell-out.”

The Government wants a peaceful settlement. But we totally reject a peaceful sell-out.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “We shall take whatever action is necessary to contain the growth of the money supply. The government, unlike so many of its predecessors, will face up to economic realities.”

We shall take whatever action is necessary to contain the growth of the money supply. The government, unlike so many of its predecessors, will face up to economic realities.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “What is right for the family is right for Britain.”

What is right for the family is right for Britain.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Working hard may not make you rich, but it should make you successful.”

Working hard may not make you rich, but it should make you successful.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.”

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

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “I exercise my right as a free citizen to spend my own money in my own way, so that I can go on the day, the time, to the doctor I choose and get out fast.”

I exercise my right as a free citizen to spend my own money in my own way, so that I can go on the day, the time, to the doctor I choose and get out fast.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “The desire to achieve grand utopian plans often poses a grave threat to freedom.”

The desire to achieve grand utopian plans often poses a grave threat to freedom.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “I had the patriotic conviction that, given great leadership of the sort I heard from Winston Churchill in the radio broadcasts to which we listened, there was almost nothing that the British people could not do.”

I had the patriotic conviction that, given great leadership of the sort I heard from Winston Churchill in the radio broadcasts to which we listened, there was almost nothing that the British people could not do.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Life’s greatest reward is life itself.”

Life’s greatest reward is life itself.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Isn’t a policy of conventional weapons, with the terrible bombs raining down, with the missiles, with the aircraft, with the submarines, with the torpedoes, with the tanks, with chemical weapons – isn’t that based on the possibility of threat?”

Isn’t a policy of conventional weapons, with the terrible bombs raining down, with the missiles, with the aircraft, with the submarines, with the torpedoes, with the tanks, with chemical weapons – isn’t that based on the possibility of threat?

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “You can’t lead from the crowd.”

You can’t lead from the crowd.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “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.”

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.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.”

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

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “I never hugged him, I bombed him.”

I never hugged him, I bombed him.

— Margaret Thatcher

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