Margaret Thatcher had a reputation of being unbending and driven. She earned the nickname "Iron Lady" and it was well known in Britain politics, agree with Maggie or get out of the way.
Margaret Thatcher in her years in politics left some very memorable quotes. Below is a sampling of a few.
- "Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."
"If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at anytime, and you would achieve nothing."
"I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end."
"Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride,self-esteem, and personal satisfaction."
"If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman"
"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."
"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."
" Europe was created by History. America was created by philosophy."
"There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty."
"I love argument, I love debate, I don't expect anyone to just there and agree with me, that's not their job."
"I owe almost everything to my father and it's passionately interesting for me that the things I learned in a small down, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election."
"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."
"What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the things that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and certain sense of purpose."
"Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country."
"To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best."
"I usually make up my mind about a man in ten second, and I very rarely change it."
" A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us."
"Democratic nations must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of oxygen of publicity on which they depend."
"To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukemia with leeches."
"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it."
"I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air."