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Quotations From MARGARET THATCHER

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  • 1.
    People think that at the top there isn't much room. They tend to think of it as an Everest. My message is that there is tons of room at the top.
    Margaret Thatcher (b. 1925), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Daily Telegraph (London, Sept. 30, 1988). Thatcher's words echo those attributed to Daniel Webster c. 1801, rejecting advice that he stay out of the crowded legal profession: "There is always room at the top."

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  • 2.
    I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air.
    Margaret Thatcher (b. 1925), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Independent (London, October 31, 1990). On the Gulf crisis.
  • 3.
    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%.
    Margaret Thatcher (b. 1925), British Conservative politician, prime minister. interview in Sunday Telegraph (London, Oct. 26, 1969). On her appointment as Shadow Education Spokesman.

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  • 4.
    I think perhaps we manage our revolutions much more quietly in this country.
    Margaret Thatcher (b. 1925), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Daily Telegraph (London, July 12, 1989). Said in the wake of the bicentenary celebrations of the French Revolution in Paris.
  • 5.
    There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.
    Margaret Thatcher (b. 1925), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Woman's Own (London, Oct. 31, 1987).

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  • 6.
    If it is once again one against forty-eight, then I am very sorry for the forty-eight.
    Margaret Thatcher (b. 1925), British Conservative politician, prime minister. quoted in Daily Telegraph (London, Oct. 25, 1989). Referring to the 1989 Commonwealth Conference.

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  • 7.
    In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.
    Margaret Thatcher (b. 1925), British Conservative politician, prime minister. People (New York, Sept. 15, 1975).

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  • 8.
    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 (b. 1925), British Conservative politician, prime minister. quoted in Denis Healey, The Time of My Life, pt. 4, ch. 23 (1989).
  • 9.
    I'll stay until I'm tired of it. So long as Britain needs me, I shall never be tired of it.
    Margaret Thatcher (b. 1925), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Observer (London, Jan. 2, 1983), said in 1982.

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  • 10.
    The cocks may crow, but it's the hen that lays the egg.
    Margaret Thatcher (b. 1925), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Quoted in Sunday Times (London, April 9, 1989).
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