Margaret Thatcher, fully Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, née Roberts

Thatcher, fully Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, née Roberts

British Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

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Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope.

Why do you climb philosophical hills? Because they are worth climbing ? There are no hills to go down unless you start from the top.

Women have plenty of roles in which they can serve with distinction: some of us even run countries. But generally we are better at wielding the handbag than the bayonet.

You and I come by road, or rail, but economists travel on infrastructure.

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 know, if you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything, wouldn't you, at any time? And you would achieve nothing!

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it

You need quite good shock absorbers and a sense of humor to be the Prime Minister's child.

You only have to wade through a metric measure or two of European prose, culled from its directives, circulars, reports, communiqu‚s or what pass as debates in its 'parliament', and you will quickly understand that Europe is, in truth, synonymous with bureaucracy ? to which one might add 'to', 'from' and 'with' bureaucracy if one were so minded.

When the ANC says that they will target British companies. This shows what a typical terrorist organization it is. I fought terrorism all my life and if more people fought it, and we were all more successful, we should not have it and I hope that everyone in this hall will think it is right to go on fighting terrorism. They will if they believe in democracy.

When you've spent half your political life dealing with humdrum issues like the environment... it's exciting to have a real crisis on your hands.

To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukemia with leeches.

We simply cannot delegate the exercise of mercy and generosity to others.

To Kenneth Clarke, who said, "Isn?t it terrible about losing to the Germans at our national sport?" when England lost to Germany in the 1990 World Cup Semifinal: I shouldn?t worry too much; we?ve beaten them twice this century at theirs.

We want a society where people are free to make choices, to make mistakes, to be generous and compassionate. This is what we mean by a moral society; not a society where the state is responsible for everything, and no one is responsible for the state.

To me, consensus seems to be: the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values, and policies in search of something in which no one believes, but to which no one objects; the process of avoiding the very issues that need to be solved, merely because you cannot get agreement on the way ahead. What great cause would have been fought and won under the banner ?I stand for consensus??

We were told our campaign wasn't sufficiently slick. We regard that as a compliment.

To those waiting with bated breath for that favorite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only one thing to say: 'You turn if you want to. The lady's not for turning.'

Well it used to be about trying to do something, now it is about trying to be someone.

To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.

Well, there?s a lot to react against![in response to the accusation that she was a reactionary]

Unless we change our ways and our direction, our greatness as a nation will soon be a footnote in the history books, a distant memory of an offshore island, lost in the mists of time like Camelot, remembered kindly for its noble past.

We're leaving Downing Street for the last time after eleven-and-a-half wonderful years, and we're very happy that we leave the United Kingdom in a very, very much better state than when we came here eleven and a half years ago.

Victorian values... were the values when our country became great.

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British Prime Minister of the United Kingdom