RIP Margaret Thatcher: 12 Quotes From the One & Only ‘Iron Lady’

Margaret ThatcherOne of Britain's most famous prime ministers of all time has diedMargaret Thatcher, the first woman to hold the highest office in Britain, was 87. It was a stroke that took the Iron Lady from us, the same ailment that first took her out of the spotlight way back in 2002, when she cut back her public life and the speaking engagements that brought us the quotes she was most known for.

Thatcher served from 1975 to 1990 as leader of Britain's Conservative Party, leading the country through the Cold War and a war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands. But the Iron Lady was perhaps best known for her unfailing ability to speak her mind, often cutting right to the heart of the matter.

It seems only right to honor her legacy with a look back on the quotes that made her a dominant force in the world:


1. Nobody would remember the Good Samaritan if he had only good intentions. He had money as well.

2. Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.

3. Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.

4. I fight on, I fight to win.

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

6. 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.

7. Pennies don't fall from heaven, they have to be earned here on earth.

8. I came to office with one deliberate intent: to change Britain from a dependent to a self-reliant society -- from a give-it-to-me, to a do-it-yourself nation. A get-up-and-go, instead of a sit-back-and-wait-for-it Britain.

9. In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman.

10. The younger generation doesn't want equality and regimentation, but opportunity to shape their world while showing compassion to those in real need.

11. The wisdom of hindsight, so useful to historians and indeed to authors of memoirs, is sadly denied to practicing politicians.

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

Were you a Margaret Thatcher fan? What are your memories of her?


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