Margaret Thatcher Quotes

Most popular Margaret Thatcher Quotes

I was not lucky. I deserved it.
— Margaret Thatcher
Consensus is the negation of leadership.

leadership

U-turn if you want to. The lady's not for turning.
— Margaret Thatcher
The Act of consensus is the negation of leadership.
— Margaret Thatcher

leadership

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

equality women's rights

The cocks may crow, but it's the hen that lays the egg.

men and women

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
— Margaret Thatcher
I am not hard – I'm frightfully soft. But I will not be hounded.
— Margaret Thatcher
Victorian values....were the values when our country become great.
— Margaret Thatcher
I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
— Margaret Thatcher
You don't tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive.
— Margaret Thatcher
Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.
— Margaret Thatcher
I don't mind how much my Ministers talk, so long as they do what I say.
— Margaret Thatcher

government

Of course, it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.
— Margaret Thatcher

truth

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

power

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

women's rights

I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds, and I very rarely change it.
— Margaret Thatcher
I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe.
— Margaret Thatcher
Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
— Margaret Thatcher

power

No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions; he had money, too.
— Margaret Thatcher

money

I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air—the rather nauseating stench of appeasement.
— Margaret Thatcher

appeasement

Let our children grow tall and some taller than others, if they have the ability in them to do so.
— Margaret Thatcher
One hopes to achieve the zero option, but in the absence of that we must achieve balanced numbers.
— Margaret Thatcher

nuclear

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

principles moderation indecision

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

politics heart

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

friendship

Truthfulness with me is hardly a virtue. I cannot discriminate between truths that need and those that need not to be told.
— Margaret Thatcher

truth

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.
— Margaret Thatcher

politics attitude

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
— Margaret Thatcher
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.
— Margaret Thatcher

success

Karl menninger was once asked what action he would recommend if a person were to feel a nervous breakdown coming on. "Lock up your house." the famous psychiatrist advised, "go across the railroad tracks, and find someone in need and do something for him." No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions. He had money as well.
— Margaret Thatcher

charity