119+ Best Margaret Thatcher Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Margaret Hilda Thatcher was the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century. A Soviet journalist dubbed her as “The Iron Lady”, a nickname that became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style. As Prime Minister, Thatcher implemented policies known as Thatcherism. Inspirational Margaret Thatcher quotes will motivate you to strengthen your resolve and overcome your challenges.

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Most Famous Margaret Thatcher Quotes

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money. – Margaret Thatcher

Watch your thoughts for they become words. Watch your words for they become actions. Watch your actions for they become habits. Watch your habits for they become your character. And watch your character for it becomes your destiny. What we think, we become. My father always said that… and I think I am fine. – Margaret Thatcher

In a system of free trade and free markets poor countries – and poor people – are not poor because others are rich. Indeed, if others became less rich the poor would in all probability become still poorer. – Margaret Thatcher

Ronald Reagan won the Cold War without firing a shot. – Margaret Thatcher

Communist regimes were not some unfortunate aberration, some historical deviation from a socialist ideal. They were the ultimate expression, unconstrained by democratic and electoral pressures, of what socialism is all about. … In short, the state [is] everything and the individual nothing. – Margaret Thatcher

History has taught us that freedom cannot long survive unless it is based on moral foundations. You can get the economics right, but in addition liberty must be cultivated as a moral quality. – Margaret Thatcher

A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us. – Margaret Thatcher

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

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t. – Margaret Thatcher

Being prime minister is a lonely job… you cannot lead from the crowd. – Margaret Thatcher

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

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

Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy. – Margaret Thatcher

Home is where you come to when you’ve got nothing better to do. – Margaret Thatcher

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. – Margaret Thatcher

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

I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph. – Margaret Thatcher

I am not a consensus politician. I’m a conviction politician. – Margaret Thatcher

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. – Margaret Thatcher

I don’t mind how much my Ministers talk, so long as they do what I say. – Margaret Thatcher

I fight on, I fight to win. – Margaret Thatcher

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. – Margaret Thatcher

I like Mr. Gorbachev, we can do business together. – Margaret Thatcher

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

I owe nothing to Women’s Lib. – Margaret Thatcher

I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air. – Margaret Thatcher

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

I’m extraordinarily patient provided I get my own way in the end. – Margaret Thatcher

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. – Margaret Thatcher

If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn’t swim. – Margaret Thatcher

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

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. – Margaret Thatcher

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

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

It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake. – Margaret Thatcher

It may be the cock that crows, but it is the hen that lays the eggs. – Margaret Thatcher

It pays to know the enemy – not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend. – Margaret Thatcher

It’s a funny old world. – Margaret Thatcher

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. – Margaret Thatcher

No woman in my time will be prime minister or chancellor or foreign secretary – not the top jobs. Anyway, I wouldn’t want to be prime minister; you have to give yourself 100 percent. – Margaret Thatcher

Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus. – Margaret Thatcher

Of course it’s the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story. – Margaret Thatcher

One of the things being in politics has taught me is that men are not a reasoned or reasonable sex. – Margaret Thatcher

Ought we not to ask the media to agree among themselves a voluntary code of conduct, under which they would not say or show anything which could assist the terrorists’ morale or their cause while the hijack lasted. – Margaret Thatcher

Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth. – Margaret Thatcher

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 is tons of room at the top. – Margaret Thatcher

Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan. – Margaret Thatcher

Platitudes? Yes, there are platitudes. Platitudes are there because they are true. – Margaret Thatcher

Power is like being a lady… if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t. – Margaret Thatcher

Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides. – Margaret Thatcher

The battle for women’s rights has been largely won. – Margaret Thatcher

There are still people in my party who believe in consensus politics. I regard them as Quislings, as traitors… I mean it. – Margaret Thatcher

There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty. – Margaret Thatcher

There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families. – Margaret Thatcher

This lady is not for turning. – Margaret Thatcher

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

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. – Margaret Thatcher

To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only one thing to say. You turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning. – Margaret Thatcher

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

We were told our campaign wasn’t sufficiently slick. We regard that as a compliment. – Margaret Thatcher

What Britain needs is an iron lady. – Margaret Thatcher

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. – Margaret Thatcher

You and I come by road or rail, but economists travel on infrastructure. – Margaret Thatcher

You don’t tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive. – Margaret Thatcher

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

In the background lurks the scourge of international terrorism. There are people exercising power in a few countries and leading political factions in others who seem to be moved by narrow, brutal and irrational impulses. Their view of their own self-interest is so blinkered as to leave no space for purely human values, for peaceful negotiation or for economic advancement. They are bent on the destruction of the established order and of civilised ways of doing business. They must never be allowed to succeed. – Margaret Thatcher

A man may climb Everest for himself, but at the summit he plants his country’s flag. – Margaret Thatcher

No great goal was ever easily achieved. – Margaret Thatcher

The woman’s mission is not to enhance the masculine spirit, but to express the feminine; hers is not to preserve a man-made world, but to create a human world by the infusion of the feminine element into all of its activities. – Margaret Thatcher

My policies are based not on some economics theory, but on things I and millions like me were brought up with: an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay; live within your means; put by a nest egg for a rainy day; pay your bills on time; support the police. – Margaret Thatcher

Life’s greatest reward is life itself – Margaret Thatcher

When you take into public ownership a profitable industry the profits soon disappear. The goose that laid the golden eggs goes broody. State geese are not great layers. – Margaret Thatcher

The desire to win is born in most of us. The will to win is a matter of training. The manner of winning is a matter of honour. – Margaret Thatcher

Many of our troubles are due to the fact that our people turn to politicians for everything. – Margaret Thatcher

Why in the world anyone in America is allowing another language (other than English) to be his first… I don’t know – Margaret Thatcher

The Labour Party believes in turning workers against owners; we believe in turning workers into owners. – Margaret Thatcher

If you want to cut your own throat, don’t come to me for a bandage. – Margaret Thatcher

If you are guided by opinion polls, you are not practicing leadership — you are practicing followership. – Margaret Thatcher

Remember the ‘Parable of the Talents’ in the New Testament? Christ exhorts us to be the best we can be by developing our skills and abilities, by succeeding in all our tasks and endeavors. What better description can there be of capitalism? – Margaret Thatcher

Good Conservatives always pay their bills. And on time. Not like the Socialists who run up other people’s bills. – Margaret Thatcher

No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions; he had money as well. – Margaret Thatcher

When you hold back the successful, you penalize those who need help. – Margaret Thatcher

I wouldn’t be worth my salt if I weren’t attracting some controversy and criticism. Everyone in the world who has done something in life has attracted criticism. – Margaret Thatcher

The larger the slice taken by government, the smaller the cake available for everyone. – Margaret Thatcher

My job is to stop Britain from going red. – Margaret Thatcher

When I’m out of politics I’m going to run a business, it’ll be called rent-a-spine – Margaret Thatcher

The spirit of envy can destroy; it can never build. – Margaret Thatcher

Leadership is about having principles. A leader must have a vision and principles that will endure for all time and must always be true to these principles, applying them to changing circumstances – Margaret Thatcher

No theory of government was ever given a fairer test or a more prolonged experiment in a democratic country than democratic socialism received in Britain. Yet it was a miserable failure in every respect… To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukemia with leeches. – Margaret Thatcher

We had to fight the enemy without in the Falklands. We always have to be aware of the enemy within, which is much more difficult to fight and more dangerous to liberty. – Margaret Thatcher

The truths of the Judaic-Christian tradition, are infinitely precious, not only, as I believe, because they are true, but also because they provide the moral impulse which alone can lead to that peace, in the true meaning of the word, for which we all long. . . . There is little hope for democracy if the hearts of men and women in democratic societies cannot be touched by a call to something greater than themselves. – Margaret Thatcher

Being democratic is not enough, a majority cannot turn what is wrong into right. In order to be considered truly free, countries must also have a deep love of liberty and an abiding respect for the rule of law. – Margaret Thatcher

The government has no money of its own. It’s all your money. – Margaret Thatcher

That nations that have gone for equality, like Communism, have neither freedom nor justice nor equality, they’ve the greatest inequalities of all, the privileges of the politicians are far greater compared with the ordinary folk than in any other country. The nations that have gone for freedom, justice and independence of people have still freedom and justice, and they have far more equality between their people, far more respect for each individual than the other nations. Go my way. You will get freedom and justice and much less difference between people than you do in the Soviet Union. – Margaret Thatcher

The first step in calculating which way to go is to find out where you are. – Margaret Thatcher

For every idealistic peacemaker willing to renounce his self-defence in favour of a weapons-free world, there is at least one warmaker anxious to exploit the other’s good intentions. – Margaret Thatcher

You don’t win by just being against things, you only win by being for things and making your message perfectly clear. – Margaret Thatcher

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. – Margaret Thatcher

No Western nation has to build a wall round itself to keep its people in. – Margaret Thatcher

We will stand on principle or we will not stand at all. – Margaret Thatcher

Let us never forget this fundamental truth: The State has no source of money other than money which people earn themselves. If the State wishes to spend more it can do so only by borrowing your savings or by taxing you more. It is no good thinking that someone else will pay – that ‘someone else’ is you. There is no such thing as public money; there is only taxpayers’ money. – Margaret Thatcher

What we should grasp, however, from the lessons of European history is that, first, there is nothing necessarily benevolent about programmes of European integration; second, the desire to achieve grand utopian plans often poses a grave threat to freedom; and third, European unity has been tried before, and the outcome was far from happy. – Margaret Thatcher

Socialists cry “Power to the people” and raise the clenched fist as they say it. We all know what they really mean – power over people, power to the State. – Margaret Thatcher

Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you. – Margaret Thatcher

In my work, you get used to criticisms. Of course you do, because there are a lot of people trying to get you down, but I always cheer up immensely if one is particularly wounding because I think well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left. That is why my father always taught me: never worry about anyone who attacks you personally; it means their arguments carry no weight and they know it. – Margaret Thatcher

There are too many people who imagine that there is something sophisticated about always believing the best of those who hate your country, and the worst of those who defend it. – Margaret Thatcher

The desire to achieve grand utopian plans often poses a grave threat to freedom. – Margaret Thatcher

Constitutions have to be written on hearts, not just paper. – Margaret Thatcher

A man who, beyond the age of 26, finds himself on a bus can count himself as a failure. – Margaret Thatcher

Everything a politician promises at election time has to be paid for either by higher taxation or by borrowing. – Margaret Thatcher

(A unified) ‘Europe’ is the result of plans. It is, in fact, a classic utopian project, a monument to the vanity of intellectuals, a programme whose inevitable destiny is failure: only the scale of the final damage done is in doubt. – Margaret Thatcher

The feminists hate me, don’t they? And I don’t blame them. For I hate feminism. It is poison. – Margaret Thatcher

I started out in life with two great advantages: No money and good parents. – Margaret Thatcher

The price of freedom is still, and always will be, eternal vigilance. – Margaret Thatcher

Socialists have always spent much of their time seeking new titles for their beliefs, because the old versions so quickly become outdated and discredited. – Margaret Thatcher

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. – Margaret Thatcher

Each generation has to stand up for democracy. It can’t take anything for granted and may have to fight fundamental battles anew. – Margaret Thatcher

Terrorism thrives on a free society. The terrorist uses the feelings in a free society to sap the will of civilization to resist. If the terrorist succeeds, he has won and the whole of free society has lost. – Margaret Thatcher

Europe will never be like America. Europe is a product of history. America is a product of philosophy. – Margaret Thatcher

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