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Margaret Thatcher quotes

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.

Being prime minister is a lonely job... you cannot lead from the crowd.

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

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

Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.

There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.

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

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

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

Democratic nations must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend.

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

Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.