Margaret Thatcher Quotes


Margaret Thatcher Quotes

During my lifetime most of the problems the world has faced have come, in one fashion or other, from mainland Europe, and the solutions from outside it.

Watch your thoughts for they become words. Watch your words for they become actions. Watch your actions for they become habits. Watch your habits for they become your character. And watch your character for it becomes your destiny. What we think, we become. My father always said that… and I think I am fine.

I love argument, I love debate. I don’t expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that’s not their job.

If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.

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

Socialists cry “Power to the people”, and raise the clenched fist as they say it. We all know what they really mean – power over people, the power to the State.

The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of everyone else’s money.

Our aim is to make tax collecting a declining industry.

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.

Consensus: “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 have 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?

I hate extremes of any kind. Communism [seeks] the domination of the state over the individual… All my life I have stood against banning Communism or other extremist organizations because, if you do that, they go underground and it gives them an excitement that they don’t get if they are allowed to pursue their policies openly. We’ll beat them into the ground on the argument.

All corporatism – even when practiced in societies where hard work, enterprise and cooperation are as highly valued as in Korea – encourages inflexibility, discourages individual accountability, and risks magnifying errors by concealing them.

What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.

Consensus is the negation of leadership.

I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.

I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds, and I very rarely change it.

Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.

Socialism lays an bad egg by killing the capitalism that lays the golden eggs

That nations that have gone for equality, like Communism, have neither freedom nor justice nor equality, they’ve the greatest inequalities of all, the privileges of the politicians are far greater compared with the ordinary folk than in any other country. The nations that have gone for freedom, justice and independence of people have still freedom and justice, and they have far more equality between their people, far more respect for each individual than the other nations. Go my way. You will get freedom and justice and much less difference between people than you do in the Soviet Union.

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s a day you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it.

If one generation is expected to carry an excessive burden on behalf of another, it will seek by every means to avoid it. It will either demand that past promises are broken, or it will not work, or it will not pay taxes, or the most talented people will leave. Socialist governments which have tried to tax ’till the pips squeak’ have ample experience of that.

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

What really gets me is this – it’s very ironic that those who are most critical of extra tax are those who are most vociferous in demanding extra expenditure. What gets me, even more, is that having demanded that extra expenditure they are not prepared to face the consequences of their own action and stand by the necessity to get the tax to pay for it. I wish some of them had a bit more guts and courage than they have.

I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work.

We have been ruled by men who live by illusions … the illusion that there is some other way of creating wealth than hard work and satisfying your customers.

If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.

There are significant differences between the American and European version of capitalism. The American traditionally emphasizes the need for limited government, light regulations, low taxes and maximum labor-market flexibility. Its success has been shown above all in the ability to create new jobs, in which it is consistently more successful than Europe.

Socialism’s results have ranged between the merely shabby and the truly catastrophic – poverty, strife, oppression and, on the killing fields of communism, the deaths this century of perhaps 100 million people. Against that doctrine was set a contrary, conservative belief in a law-governed liberty. It was this view which triumphed with the crumbling of the Berlin Wall. Since then, the Left has sought rehabilitation by distancing itself from its past.

You know the critical thing with the Communist countries is Communism, which by definition consists of control by the government.

There are still people in my party who believe in consensus politics. I regard them as Quislings, as traitors… I mean it.

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.

The choice facing the nation is between two totally different ways of life. And what a prize we have to fight for: no less than the chance to banish from our land the dark, divisive clouds of Marxist socialism and bring together men and women from all walks of life who share a belief in freedom.

Communism produces neither dignity nor prosperity. It takes all power away from the people and places it in the hands of a self-appointed elite. And because it distorts and manipulates the distinctive talents of individuals rather than letting those talents flourish, it prevents progress and prosperity.

am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.

We very much hope that as we get growth that we can reduce the burden of taxation, that we can reduce income tax and increase the amount of genuine free enterprise and business enterprise… This is going… toward the restoration of the personal responsibility, independence, with every man a property owner, every man a capitalist.

Peace is hard work and we must not allow people to forget it.

Power is like being a lady… if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.

If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.

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