Twenty-Five Famous Quotes by Margaret Thatcher

Twenty-Five Famous Quotes by Margaret Thatcher

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Margaret Thatcher, also known as the Iron Lady, was Britain’s first female Prime Minister. She is also the longest serving Prime Minister in the 20th Century, having served for almost 12 years. During her three terms, she introduced several policies that brought Britain back from the edge of recession and reduced unemployment. She also led the United Kingdom to victory in the 10-week undeclared 1982 Falkland Wars. In our post today, we will share twenty-five famous quotes by Margaret Thatcher that we believe will inspire you. We will also share some interesting facts about her that you probably didn’t know.

As you probably know, March is Women’s History Month, during which time we celebrate women and their contributions to society. Margaret Thatcher made her contributions first in Parliament, then as Secretary of State for Education and finally as Prime Minister. She was best known for her uncompromising leadership and political style, hence the nickname Iron Lady.

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In the following sections, we will share some interesting facts about her and twenty-five famous quotes by Margaret Thatcher.

Some Interesting Facts about Margaret Thatcher

Here are some interesting facts about Margaret Thatcher that you probably didn’t know:

  1. Margaret was born in Lincolnshire, in an apartment just above her father’s tobacco and grocery store.
  2. Margaret Thatcher graduated from Oxford University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. It is said that she was proud being the first British Prime Minister with a Science degree.
  3. After getting married, she gave birth to twins named Mark and Carol, in 1953.
  4. Margaret Thatcher was Great Britain’s first female Prime Minister and served three consecutive terms from 1979–1990.
  5. She is reported to have cooked dinners for her family every night during her eleven-year tenure as Prime Minister.
  6. In October 1984, she escaped assassination when a bomb was detonated at a hotel she was staying at. Sadly, five people were killed and thirty-four others were injured in the attack.

Are there any other interesting facts about Margaret Thatcher that we may not have included? Feel free to let us know by leaving a comment at the end of this post or on social media.

Twenty-Five Famous Quotes by Margaret Thatcher

Below are twenty-five rather famous quotes by Margaret Thatcher on life, leadership, and politics. We hope they inspire and motivate every one of our readers.

  1. Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
  2. Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the high road to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.
  3. 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.
  4. To wear your heart on your sleeve isn’t a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.
  5. 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.
  6. If you set out to be liked, you will be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you will achieve nothing.
  7. I’ve got a woman’s ability to stick to a job and get on with it when everyone else walks off and leaves it.
  8. Any leader has to have a certain amount of steel in them, so I am not that put out being called the Iron Lady.
  9. Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.
  10. Freedom will destroy itself if it is not exercised within some sort of moral framework, somebody of shared beliefs, some spiritual heritage transmitted through the Church, the family, and the school.
  11. It may be the cock that crows, but it is the hen that lays the eggs.
  12. 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.
  13. It pays to know the enemy – not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.
  14. Do you know that one of the great problems of our age is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas?
  15. I love argument, I love debate. I don’t expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that’s not their job.
  16. Watch your thoughts, for they will become actions. Watch your actions, for they’ll become… habits. Watch your habits for they will forge your character. Watch your character, for it will make your destiny.
  17. It used to be about trying to do something. Now it’s about trying to be someone.
  18. People think that at the top there isn’t much room. They tend to think of it as an Everest. My message is that there’s tons of room at the top.
  19. I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.
  20. To be free is better than to be unfree – always. Any politician who suggests the opposite should be treated as suspect.
  21. There is much to be said for trying to improve some disadvantaged people’s lot. There is nothing to be said for trying to create heaven on earth.
  22. If my critics saw me walking over the Thames, they would say it was because I couldn’t swim.
  23. Don’t take public opinion for granted – but don’t also underrate the degree to which good people will endure sacrifices for a worthwhile cause.
  24. I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
  25. You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.

Which of these famous quotes by Margaret Thatcher did you find most inspiring? We especially loved the twelfth quote about hard work. Feel free to let us know your favorite quotes in the comments section below or on social media. As always, we would love to hear from you.

Today’s Funny Quote

It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance. Thomas Sowell

Today’s funny quote is by Thomas Sowell, the American Economist. He said:

It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.

Do you agree? Let us know what you think in the comments below or on social media.

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