Margaret Thatcher

(1925-2013 / Grantham)

Margaret Thatcher Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''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).
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  • ''I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.''
    Margaret Thatcher (b. 1925), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Quoted in Guardian (London, October 23, 1990).
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  • ''I owe nothing to Women's Lib.''
    Margaret Thatcher (b. 1925), British Conservative politician, prime minister. quoted in Observer (London, Dec. 1, 1974).
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  • ''I am extraordinarily patient provided I get my own way in the end.''
    Margaret Thatcher (b. 1925), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Quoted in Observer (London, January 2, 1983).
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  • ''It was then that the iron entered my soul.''
    Margaret Thatcher (b. 1925), British Conservative politician, prime minister. quoted in Observer (London, Mar. 27, 1983). On her time in Edward Heath's cabinet; Thatcher and Heath were later to become irreconcilable politicial opponents.
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  • ''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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  • ''No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions—he had money as well.''
    Margaret Thatcher (b. 1925), British Conservative politician, prime minister. from television interview, Jan. 6, 1986. quoted in Times (London, Jan. 12, 1986).
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  • ''Being prime minister is a lonely job.... you cannot lead from the crowd.''
    Margaret Thatcher (b. 1925), British politician; Prime Minister (1979-1990). The Downing Street Years, ch. 1 (1993).
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