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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tbruc... tbrucemom

You left off my favorite and one that is important in today's environment. "The problem with socialism is you eventually run out of other people's money".

Venae Venae

That woman had bigger balls than any male politician who has come along since.  She was awesome!

Madam... MadameGarlic

To quote Elvis Costello, tramp the dirt down.

fleur... fleurdelys3110

She was such a great lady and an even greater politician. RIP Lady Thatcher, Britain and the world will miss you.

Mira Frenkel

Well worth remembering:"The problem with socialism is you eventually run out of other people's money".

Brain... BrainyMommy

If homophobic bigots are your ideal, she was top notch. 

fleur... fleurdelys3110

^^Moderator, now is where you step in to delete BrainyMommy's comment, who clearly isn't brainy enough to show a little respect for this lady who broke barriers down in the political world for women. Also, if you deleted my comment about how MLK Jr. wasn't faithful to his wife when you did a presentation of quotes for MLK day, then the above comment certainly has no place here.

nonmember avatar kaerae

Nothing on what she had to say about apartheid? In case you forgot, she was one of its only foreign supporters...

Brain... BrainyMommy

fleurdelys3110 - It's not showing disrespect to state the truth. She was an antigay bigot as her record clearly shows. As a politician she set policy that harmed many, many LGBT people. MLK wasn't an elected official and his infidelity didn't harm or demonize an entire group of people, whereas Thatcher's policies did. So, your nonsensical rant about your MLK comment being deleted is in no way related.

Madam... MadameGarlic

I'm with BrainyMommy. We were asked what we thought about Thatcher. She and I criticized her; legitimate responses to the question.

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