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65 Inspiring Margaret Thatcher Quotes (LEADERSHIP)

Top 10 Most Famous Margaret Thatcher Quotes (BEST)

In politics, If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.
In politics, If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.
Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
Don't follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.
Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.
Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.
Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's a day you've had everything to do and you've done it.
Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s a day you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it.
It pays to know the enemy – not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.
It pays to know the enemy – not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.
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 set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.
Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the high road to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.
Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the high road to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.
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.
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.
There is no such thing as society there are individual men and women, and there are families.
There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.

5 Margaret Thatcher Quotes on Wealth and Economics

“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
There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.
There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.
It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake.
It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake.
No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions; he had money as well.
No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions; he had money as well.
Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.
Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.

4 Inspirational Margaret Thatcher Quotes on Success

“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
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.
Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.
Defeat I do not recognise the meaning of the word.
Defeat? I do not recognise the meaning of the word.

8 Margaret Thatcher Quotes on Being a Leader (LEADERSHIP)

“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.”

Margaret Thatcher
I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.
I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.
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.
I don't mind how much my ministers talk, as long as they do what I say.
I don’t mind how much my ministers talk, as long as they do what I say.

“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.”

Margaret Thatcher
What Britain needs is an iron lady.
What Britain needs is an iron lady.
Any leader has to have a certain amount of steel in them, so I am not that put out being called the Iron Lady.
Any leader has to have a certain amount of steel in them, so I am not that put out being called the Iron Lady.
Being prime minister is a lonely job… you cannot lead from the crowd.
Being prime minister is a lonely job… you cannot lead from the crowd.

3 Margaret Thatcher Quotes on Socialism

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.
The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.
To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukaemia with leeches.
To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukaemia with leeches.
Socialists are happy until they run out of other people's money.
Socialists are happy until they run out of other people’s money.

6 Margaret Thatcher Quotes on Politics and Governments

“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
Do you know that one of the great problems of our age is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas.
Do you know that one of the great problems of our age is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas.
When I'm out of politics I'm going to run a business, it'll be called rent-a-spine.
When I’m out of politics I’m going to run a business, it’ll be called rent-a-spine.
The wisdom of hindsight, so useful to historians and indeed to authors of memoirs, is sadly denied to practicing politicians.
The wisdom of hindsight, so useful to historians and indeed to authors of memoirs, is sadly denied to practicing politicians.
If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn't swim.
If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn’t swim.
One of the things being in politics has taught me is that men are not a reasoned or reasonable sex.
One of the things being in politics has taught me is that men are not a reasoned or reasonable sex.

9 Margaret Thatcher Quotes About Life

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
I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
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.
To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.
To wear your heart on your sleeve isn’t a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.
The spirit of envy can destroy; it can never build.
The spirit of envy can destroy; it can never build.
Europe will never be like America. Europe is a product of history. America is a product of philosophy.
Europe will never be like America. Europe is a product of history. America is a product of philosophy.
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.
Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.
Of course it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.
Of course it’s the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.

7 Margaret Thatcher Quotes on Consensus and Being Liked

“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.”

Margaret Thatcher
I love argument. I love debate. I don't expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me - that's not their job.
I love argument. I love debate. I don’t expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me – that’s not their job.
Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus.
Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus.
I am not a consensus politician. I'm a conviction politician.
I am not a consensus politician. I’m a conviction politician.
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?’
It used to be about trying to do something. Now it's about trying to be someone.
It used to be about trying to do something. Now it’s about trying to be someone.
There are still people in my party who believe in consensus politics. I regard them as Quislings, as traitors… I mean it.
There are still people in my party who believe in consensus politics. I regard them as Quislings, as traitors… I mean it.

2 Margaret Thatcher Quotes on the Next Generation

The younger generation doesn't want equality and regimentation, but opportunity to shape their world while showing compassion to those in real need.
The younger generation doesn’t want equality and regimentation, but opportunity to shape their world while showing compassion to those in real need.
Let our children grow tall, and some taller than others if they have it in them to do so.
Let our children grow tall, and some taller than others if they have it in them to do so.

4 Margaret Thatcher Quotes on Women

“The woman’s mission is not to enhance the masculine spirit, but to express the feminine; hers is not to preserve a man-made world but to create a human world by the infusion of the feminine element into all of its activities.”

Margaret Thatcher
It may be the cock that crows, but it is the hen that lays the eggs.
It may be the cock that crows, but it is the hen that lays the eggs.
It will be years—and not in my time—before a woman will lead the party or become prime minister. (1974)
It will be years—and not in my time—before a woman will lead the party or become prime minister. (1974)
The battle for women's rights has been largely won.
The battle for women’s rights has been largely won.

7 Margaret Thatcher Quotes that Will Make You Think

“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.”

Margaret Thatcher
A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us.
A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us.
You cannot have the dream of building up your own fortune by your own hopes, your own hands, and your own British guts.
You cannot have the dream of building up your own fortune by your own hopes, your own hands, and your own British guts.
You don't tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive.
You don’t tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive.
If you want to cut your own throat, don't come to me for a bandage.
If you want to cut your own throat, don’t come to me for a bandage.
I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air.
I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air.
To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only one thing to say. You turn if you want to. The lady's not for turning.
To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only one thing to say. You turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning.

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