Margaret Thatcher

  • English leader
  • Born October 13, 1925
  • Died April 8, 2013

I like Mr. Gorbachev, we can do business together.

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

To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.

No woman in my time will be prime minister or chancellor or foreign secretary - not the top jobs. Anyway, I wouldn't want to be prime minister; you have to give yourself 100 percent.

What Britain needs is an iron lady.

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money.

Ought we not to ask the media to agree among themselves a voluntary code of conduct, under which they would not say or show anything which could assist the terrorists' morale or their cause while the hijack lasted.

Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.

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

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

It's a funny old world.

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

No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions; he had money as well.

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.

To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.

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

If you want to cut your own throat, don't come to me for a bandage.

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

You don't tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive.

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

If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn't swim.

Power is like being a lady... if you have to tell people you are, you aren't.

If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.

If you lead a country like Britain, a strong country, a country which has taken a lead in world affairs in good times and in bad, a country that is always reliable, then you have to have a touch of iron about you.

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

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

Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.

It's passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.

If... many influential people have failed to understand, or have just forgotten, what we were up against in the Cold War and how we overcame it, they are not going to be capable of securing, let alone enlarging, the gains that liberty has made.

There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.

I just owe almost everything to my father and it's passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.

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

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.

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

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

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.