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Margaret Thatcher Quote: “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.”

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.

— Margaret Thatcher



Margaret Thatcher Quote: “You cannot make an omelet without breaking some balls.”

You cannot make an omelet without breaking some balls.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Terrorism thrives on a free society. The terrorist uses the feelings in a free society to sap the will of civilization to resist. If the terrorist succeeds, he has won and the whole of free society has lost.”

Terrorism thrives on a free society. The terrorist uses the feelings in a free society to sap the will of civilization to resist. If the terrorist succeeds, he has won and the whole of free society has lost.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Occupied Falklands are the thorn in my balls.”

Occupied Falklands are the thorn in my balls.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “I was asked whether I was trying to restore Victorian values. I said straight out I was. And I am.”

I was asked whether I was trying to restore Victorian values. I said straight out I was. And I am.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “There’s no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation.”

There’s no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Russia is bent on world domination.”

Russia is bent on world domination.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “To accuse me of being too inflexible is poppycock.”

To accuse me of being too inflexible is poppycock.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Please don’t use the word tough. People might get the impression that I don’t care. And I do care, very deeply. Resilient, I think.”

Please don’t use the word tough. People might get the impression that I don’t care. And I do care, very deeply. Resilient, I think.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Just rejoice at the news and congratulate our armed forces and the Marines. Rejoice!”

Just rejoice at the news and congratulate our armed forces and the Marines. Rejoice!

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “We have become a grandmother.”

We have become a grandmother.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “It is in a country’s interests to keep faith with its allies. States in this sense are like people. If you have a reputation for exacting favors and not returning them, the favours dry up.”

It is in a country’s interests to keep faith with its allies. States in this sense are like people. If you have a reputation for exacting favors and not returning them, the favours dry up.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Successful entrepreneurship is ultimately a matter of flair. But there is also a fund of practical knowledge to be acquired and, of course, the right legal and financial framework has to be provided for productive enterprise to develop.”

Successful entrepreneurship is ultimately a matter of flair. But there is also a fund of practical knowledge to be acquired and, of course, the right legal and financial framework has to be provided for productive enterprise to develop.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “I want a capital-earning democracy. Every man and woman a capitalist. Housing is the start. If you’re a man or woman of property, you’ve got something. So every man a capitalist, and every man a man of property.”

I want a capital-earning democracy. Every man and woman a capitalist. Housing is the start. If you’re a man or woman of property, you’ve got something. So every man a capitalist, and every man a man of property.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “We have made too much of one or two people, and we think that they can win or lose elections for us. Don’t be depressed if one particular person transgresses. It doesn’t lose an election unless the Party loses faith in itself.”

We have made too much of one or two people, and we think that they can win or lose elections for us. Don’t be depressed if one particular person transgresses. It doesn’t lose an election unless the Party loses faith in itself.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “If there is one instance in which a foreign policy I pursued met with unambiguous failure, it was my policy on German reunification.”

If there is one instance in which a foreign policy I pursued met with unambiguous failure, it was my policy on German reunification.

— Margaret Thatcher


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

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

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “We should not expect the state to appear in the guise of an extravagant good fairy at every christening, a loquacious companion at every stage of life’s journey, and the unknown mourner at every funeral.”

We should not expect the state to appear in the guise of an extravagant good fairy at every christening, a loquacious companion at every stage of life’s journey, and the unknown mourner at every funeral.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “The European single currency is bound to fail, economically, politically and indeed socially, though the timing, occasion and full consequences are all necessarily still unclear.”

The European single currency is bound to fail, economically, politically and indeed socially, though the timing, occasion and full consequences are all necessarily still unclear.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “When you’ve spent half your political life dealing with humdrum issues like the environment, it’s exciting to have a real crisis on your hands.”

When you’ve spent half your political life dealing with humdrum issues like the environment, it’s exciting to have a real crisis on your hands.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “If someone is confronting our essential liberties, if someone is inflicting injuries and harm, by God I’ll confront them!”

If someone is confronting our essential liberties, if someone is inflicting injuries and harm, by God I’ll confront them!

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Those who imagine that a politician would make a better figurehead than a hereditary monarch might perhaps make the acquaintance of more politicians.”

Those who imagine that a politician would make a better figurehead than a hereditary monarch might perhaps make the acquaintance of more politicians.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “I couldn’t live without work. That’s what makes me so sympathetic towards those people who are unemployed. I don’t know how they live without working.”

I couldn’t live without work. That’s what makes me so sympathetic towards those people who are unemployed. I don’t know how they live without working.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “New technology is the true friend of full employment; the indispensable ally of progress; and the surest guarantee of prosperity.”

New technology is the true friend of full employment; the indispensable ally of progress; and the surest guarantee of prosperity.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus.”

Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “I believe that the royal family are a focus of patriotism, of loyalty, of affection and of esteem. That is a rare combination, and we should value it highly.”

I believe that the royal family are a focus of patriotism, of loyalty, of affection and of esteem. That is a rare combination, and we should value it highly.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Do you think you would ever have heard of Christianity if the Apostles had gone out and said, ‘I believe in consensus?’”

Do you think you would ever have heard of Christianity if the Apostles had gone out and said, ‘I believe in consensus?’

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “I don’t think there will be a woman prime minister in my lifetime.”

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

— Margaret Thatcher


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

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

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “All corporatism – even when practised in societies where hard work, enterprise and cooperation are as highly valued as in Korea – encourages inflexibility, discourages individual accountability, and risks magnifying errors by concealing them.”

All corporatism – even when practised in societies where hard work, enterprise and cooperation are as highly valued as in Korea – encourages inflexibility, discourages individual accountability, and risks magnifying errors by concealing them.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “The Labour Party believes in turning workers against owners; we believe in turning workers into owners.”

The Labour Party believes in turning workers against owners; we believe in turning workers into owners.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “We do not achieve happiness or salvation in isolation from each other but as members of society.”

We do not achieve happiness or salvation in isolation from each other but as members of society.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “I can’t bear Britain in decline. I just can’t.”

I can’t bear Britain in decline. I just can’t.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “We’re saying to anyone who dares to attack us, Do not do it, you couldn’t win, the result would be devastating! I think you’re saying the same.”

We’re saying to anyone who dares to attack us, Do not do it, you couldn’t win, the result would be devastating! I think you’re saying the same.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.”

There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Constitutions have to be written on hearts, not just paper.”

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

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “I hope we shall see more ande more women combining marriage and a career. Prejudice against this dual role is not confined to men. I regret to say, it comes from our own sex.”

I hope we shall see more ande more women combining marriage and a career. Prejudice against this dual role is not confined to men. I regret to say, it comes from our own sex.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Every family should have the right to spend their money, after tax, as they wish, and not as the government dictates. Let us extend choice, extend the will to choose and the chance to choose.”

Every family should have the right to spend their money, after tax, as they wish, and not as the government dictates. Let us extend choice, extend the will to choose and the chance to choose.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “We Conservatives hate unemployment.”

We Conservatives hate unemployment.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “I have made it quite clear that a unified Ireland was one solution that is out. A second solution was a confederation of two states. That is out. A third solution was joint authority. That is out-that is a derogation of sovereignty.”

I have made it quite clear that a unified Ireland was one solution that is out. A second solution was a confederation of two states. That is out. A third solution was joint authority. That is out-that is a derogation of sovereignty.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “The battle for women’s rights has been largely won.”

The battle for women’s rights has been largely won.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Most women are far more intelligent than people give them credit for.”

Most women are far more intelligent than people give them credit for.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Let us, then, draw together in the name, not of jingoism, but of justice.”

Let us, then, draw together in the name, not of jingoism, but of justice.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “It is absolutely right that President Reagan considers SDI and thank goodness people considered nuclear research before the last war.”

It is absolutely right that President Reagan considers SDI and thank goodness people considered nuclear research before the last war.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “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.”

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.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “Ronald Reagan knew his own mind. He had firm principles – and, I believe, right ones. He expounded them clearly, he acted upon them decisively.”

Ronald Reagan knew his own mind. He had firm principles – and, I believe, right ones. He expounded them clearly, he acted upon them decisively.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “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.”

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.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “There are no personal sympathies in politics.”

There are no personal sympathies in politics.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “They are all a rotten lot. Schmidt and the Americans and we are the only people who would do any standing up and fighting if necessary.”

They are all a rotten lot. Schmidt and the Americans and we are the only people who would do any standing up and fighting if necessary.

— Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher Quote: “There is much to be said for trying to improve some disadvantaged people’s lot. There is nothing to be said for trying to create heaven on earth.”

There is much to be said for trying to improve some disadvantaged people’s lot. There is nothing to be said for trying to create heaven on earth.

— Margaret Thatcher

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