Margaret Thatcher

(1925-2013 / Grantham)

Margaret Thatcher Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''Most women defend themselves. It is the female of the species—it is the tigress and lioness in you—which tends to defend when attacked.''
    Margaret Thatcher (b. 1925), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Daily Mail (London, May 4, 1989).
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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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  • ''I shan't be pulling the levers there but I shall be a very good back-seat driver.''
    Margaret Thatcher (b. 1925), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Independent (London, November 27, 1990). On the appointment of her Cabinet colleague, John Major, as the next Prime Minister.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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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  • ''One of the things being in politics has taught is that men are not a reasoned or reasonable sex.''
    Margaret Thatcher (b. 1925), British Conservative politician, prime minister. interview on BBC (Jan. 14, 1972).
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  • ''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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  • ''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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