Margaret Thatcher

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

Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, (née Roberts; 13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013) was a British stateswoman who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century and the first woman to hold that office. A Soviet journalist dubbed her "The 'Iron Lady'", a nickname that became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style. As Prime Minister, she implemented policies known as Thatcherism.

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

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

Being prime minister is a lonely job... you cannot lead from the crowd.

Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus.

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

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

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.

We were told our campaign wasn't sufficiently slick. We regard that as a compliment.

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

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.

Of course it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.

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.

I owe nothing to Women's Lib.

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

This lady is not for turning.

We Conservatives hate unemployment.

There are still people in my party who believe in consensus politics. I regard them as Quislings, as traitors... I mean it.

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

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

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

It may be the cock that crows, but it is the hen that lays the eggs.

Democratic nations must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend.

One of the things being in politics has taught me is that men are not a reasoned or reasonable sex.

Platitudes? Yes, there are platitudes. Platitudes are there because they are true.

The habit of ubiquitous interventionism, combining pinprick strikes by precision weapons with pious invocations of high principle, would lead us into endless difficulties. Interventions must be limited in number and overwhelming in their impact.