margaret thatcher Quotes

I am extraordinarily patient provided I get my own way in the end
— Margaret Thatcher
Watch your thoughts, for they will become actions. Watch your actions, for they'll become... habits. Watch your habits for they will forge your character. Watch your character, for it will make your destiny.
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— Margaret Thatcher
In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all "security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.
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— Margaret Thatcher
I do not know anyone who has gotten to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but it will get you pretty near.
tags: work
— Margaret Thatcher
If you just set out to be liked, you will be prepared to compromise on anything at anytime, and would achieve nothing.
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— Margaret Thatcher
Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
tags: people powerful
— Margaret Thatcher
In politics, If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.
tags: men women politics
— Margaret Thatcher
Tyranny must not prevail.
— Margaret Thatcher
Europe will never be like America. Europe is a product of history. America is a product of philosophy.
tags: america philosophy
— Margaret Thatcher
Socialists have always spent much of their time seeking new titles for their beliefs, because the old versions so quickly become outdated and discredited.
tags: belief time
— 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.
tags: work knowing
— Margaret Thatcher
When you stop a dictator, there are always risks. But there are greater risks in not stopping a dictator.
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— Margaret Thatcher
Everything a politician promises at election time has to be paid for either by higher taxation or by borrowing.
tags: time
— Margaret Thatcher
Constitutions have to be written on hearts, not just paper.
tags: heart
— Margaret Thatcher
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?
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— Margaret Thatcher
If you want to cut your own throat, don't come to me for a bandage.
— Margaret Thatcher
The government has no money of its own. It's all your money.
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— Margaret Thatcher
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.
tags: respect law right wrong rules liberty majority
— Margaret Thatcher
If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.
tags: women
— Margaret Thatcher
If your only opportunity is to be equal then it is not opportunity.
tags: opportunities
— Margaret Thatcher
If you set out to be liked, you will accomplish nothing.
— Margaret Thatcher
For every idealistic peacemaker willing to renounce his self-defence in favour of a weapons-free world, there is at least one warmaker anxious to exploit the other's good intentions.
tags: world
— Margaret Thatcher
Watch your thoughts for they become words. Watch your words for they become actions. Watch your actions for they become habits. Watch your habits for they become your character. And watch your character for it becomes your destiny. What we think, we become. My father always said that... and I think I am fine.
tags: character thoughts action father
— Margaret Thatcher
Socialists cry "Power to the people", and raise the clenched fist as they say it. We all know what they really mean - power over people, power to the State.
tags: people power
— Margaret Thatcher
The truths of the Judaic-Christian tradition, are infinitely precious, not only, as I believe, because they are true, but also because they provide the moral impulse which alone can lead to that peace, in the true meaning of the word, for which we all long. ."‰."‰. 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.
tags: truth men peace women society heart meaning believe alone true democracy morals hope
— Margaret Thatcher
In my work, you get used to criticisms. Of course you do, because there are a lot of people trying to get you down, but I always cheer up immensely if one is particularly wounding because I think well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left. That is why my father always taught me: never worry about anyone who attacks you personally; it means their arguments carry no weight and they know it.
tags: people work worries political father
— Margaret Thatcher
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.
tags: society lost civilization terrorism
— Margaret Thatcher
(A unified) 'Europe' is the result of plans. It is, in fact, a classic utopian project, a monument to the vanity of intellectuals, a programme whose inevitable destiny is failure: only the scale of the final damage done is in doubt.
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— Margaret Thatcher
What we should grasp, however, from the lessons of European history is that, first, there is nothing necessarily benevolent about programmes of European integration; second, the desire to achieve grand utopian plans often poses a grave threat to freedom; and third, European unity has been tried before, and the outcome was far from happy.
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— Margaret Thatcher
Defeat? I do not recognize the meaning of the word.
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— Margaret Thatcher
The first step in calculating which way to go is to find out where you are.
— Margaret Thatcher
When government does its job properly people are free to do theirs.
tags: people job government
— Margaret Thatcher
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.
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— Margaret Thatcher
The price of freedom is still, and always will be, eternal vigilance.
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— Margaret Thatcher
Power is like being a lady... if you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
tags: people power
— Margaret Thatcher
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
— Margaret Thatcher
No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions; he had money as well.
tags: money
— Margaret Thatcher
We will stand on principle or we will not stand at all.
— Margaret Thatcher
A man may climb Everest for himself, but at the summit he plants his country's flag.
tags: men
— Margaret Thatcher
It used to be about trying to do something. Now it's about trying to be someone.
— Margaret Thatcher