Margaret Hilda Thatcher

British stateswoman; first woman to serve as Prime Minister (born in 1925)

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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 when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.
If you want to cut your own throat, don't come to me for a bandage.
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.
I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.
A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us.
Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.
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.
I have a habit of comparing the phraseology of communiqus, one with another across the years, and noting a certain similarity of words, a certain similarity of optimism in the reports which followed the summit meetings and a certain similarity in the lack of practical results during the ensuing years.
I have made it quite clear that a unified Ireland was one solution that is out. A second solution was a confederation of two states. That is out. A third solution was joint authority. That is out-that is a derogation of sovereignty.
I just owe almost everything to my father and it's passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.
I like Mr Gorbachev, we can do business together.
I'm not a good butcher but I've had to learn to carve the joint. People expect a new look.
If you go into what I call a bubble boom, every bubble bursts.
If you lead a country like Britain, a strong country, a country which has taken a lead in world affairs in good times and in bad, a country that is always reliable, then you have to have a touch of iron about you.
If you want something said, ask a man if you want something done, ask a woman.
One hopes to achieve the zero option, but in the absence of that we must achieve balanced numbers. (On Soviet and Allied missiles in Europe)
Platitudes Yes, there are platitudes. Platitudes are there because they are true.
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous you get knocked down by traffic from both sides.
To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan you should wear it inside, where it functions best.
You don't tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive.
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.

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