Margaret Thatcher Quotes & Wallpapers

Margaret Thatcher
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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
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If you have a sense of purpose and a sense of direction, I believe people will follow you. Democracy isn't just about deducing what the people want. Democracy is leading the people as well. Margaret Thatcher
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Inflation is the parent of unemployment and the unseen robber of those who have saved. Margaret Thatcher
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I'm back... and you knew I was coming. On my way here I passed a cinema with the sign 'The Mummy Returns'. Margaret Thatcher
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We must remember our duty to Nature before it is too late. That duty is constant. It is never completed. It lives on as we breathe. It endures as we eat and sleep, work and rest, as we are born and as we pass away. The duty to Nature will remain long after our own endeavors have brought peace to the Middle East. It will weigh on our shoulders for as long as we wish to dwell on a living and thriving planet, and hand it on to our children and theirs. Margaret Thatcher
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We were told our campaign wasn't sufficiently slick. We regard that as a compliment. Margaret Thatcher
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I like Mr. Gorbachev, we can do business together. Margaret Thatcher
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We have become a grandmother. Margaret Thatcher
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We simply cannot delegate the exercise of mercy and generosity to others. Margaret Thatcher
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If you go into what I call a bubble boom, every bubble bursts. Margaret Thatcher
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The fightback begins now! Margaret Thatcher
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I might have preferred iron, but bronze will do. It won't rust. And, this time I hope, the head will stay on. Margaret Thatcher
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The star of that year's conference was undoubtedly the Swedish conservative leader-since Prime Minister-who delivered a speech of such startling Thatcherite soundness that in applauding I felt as if I was giving myself a standing ovation. Margaret Thatcher
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I should therefore prefer to restrict my guidelines to the following: Margaret Thatcher
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North Korea desperately needed the foreign currency which this lethal trade could bring; its role as chief 'rogue' reinforced its prestige among anti-Western states, near and far; and it could also hope at the right moment to extort new instalments of Danegeld from America and her allies. Margaret Thatcher
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It is always important in matters of high politics to know what you do not know. Those who think that they know, but are mistaken, and act upon their mistakes, are the most dangerous people to have in charge. Margaret Thatcher
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Whether it is in the United States or in mainland Europe, written constitutions have one great weakness. That is that they contain the potential to have judges take decisions which should properly be made by democratically elected politicians. Margaret Thatcher
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The Iraqis had paid a terrible price for Saddam's folly (in the Gulf War). But looking at the devastation they left behind (in Kuwait), my sympathy was limited. Margaret Thatcher
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I do believe that political arrangements which are based upon violence, intimidation and theft will eventually break down - and will deserve to do so. Margaret Thatcher
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When you've spent half your political life dealing with humdrum issues like the environment, it's exciting to have a real crisis on your hands. Margaret Thatcher
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We who are living in the west today are fortunate. Freedom has been bequeathed to us. We have not had to carve it out of nothing; we have not had to pay for it with our lives. But it would be a grave mistake to think that freedom requires nothing of us. Each of us has to earn freedom anew in order to possess it. We do so not just for our own sake, but for the sake of our children, so that they may build a better future that will sustain over the world the responsibilities and blessings of freedom. Margaret Thatcher
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I started out in life with two great advantages: No money and good parents. Margaret Thatcher
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Misgovernment...will often be reflected in oppressive or aggressive policies towards groups within the state or towards the state's neighbours. Margaret Thatcher
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I've got my teeth into him, and I'm not going to let go. Margaret Thatcher
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I am an undiluted admirer of American values and the American dream and I believe they will continue to inspire not just the people of the United States but millions across the face of the globe. Margaret Thatcher
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I believe in the acceptance of personal responsibility, freedom of choice, and the British Empire, which took freedom and the rule of law to countries which would never have known it otherwise. Margaret Thatcher
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Working hard may not make you rich, but it should make you successful. Margaret Thatcher
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We do not have a freehold on the earth, only a full repairing lease Margaret Thatcher
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From my experience let me say this: in today's world it is no bad thing for a politician to have had the benefit of a scientific background. And not only politicians. Those who work in industry, in commerce, in investment. Indeed, so important has it become that I believe we are right to make science a compulsory subject for all schoolchildren. Margaret Thatcher
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When will Labour learn that you cannot build Jerusalem in Brussels. Margaret Thatcher
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I must be absolutely clear about this. Britain cannot accept the present situation on the budget. It is demonstrably unjust. It is politically indefensible. I cannot play Sister Bountiful to the Community while my own electorate are being asked to forego improvements in the fields of health, education, welfare and the rest Margaret Thatcher
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It is sometimes said that because of our past we, as a people, expect too much and set our sights too high. That is not the way I see it. Rather it seems to me that throughout my life in politics our ambitions have steadily shrunk. Our response to disappointment has not been to lengthen our stride but to shorten the distance to be covered. But with confidence in ourselves and in our future what a nation we could be! Margaret Thatcher
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But if Saddam had been in a position credibly to threaten America or any of its allies - or the coalition's forces - with attack by missiles with nuclear warheads, would we have gone to the Gulf at all? Margaret Thatcher
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People are really rather afraid that this country might be rather swamped by people with a different culture. Margaret Thatcher
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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
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Once a woman is made man's equal, she becomes his superior. Margaret Thatcher
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If... many influential people have failed to understand, or have just forgotten, what we were up against in the Cold War and how we overcame it, they are not going to be capable of securing, let alone enlarging, the gains that liberty has made. Margaret Thatcher
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One of the things being in politics has taught me is that men are not a reasoned or reasonable sex. Margaret Thatcher
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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
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To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best. Margaret Thatcher
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If you want to cut your own throat, don't come to me for a bandage. Margaret Thatcher
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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 a day you've had everything to do and you've done it. Margaret Thatcher
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We are not asking for a penny piece of Community money for Britain. What we are asking is for a very large amount of our own money back, over and above what we contribute to the Community, which is covered by our receipts from the Community. Margaret Thatcher
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Gentlemen, there is nothing sweeter than success, and you boys have got it! Margaret Thatcher
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Paddy Ashdown:...this is an agreement which the right hon. Lady will be entitled to regard with a certain pride and satisfaction as she looks back on the twilight days of her premiership... Margaret Thatcher
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Douglas, Douglas, you would make Neville Chamberlain look like a warmonger. Margaret Thatcher
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It is always important in matters of high politics to know what you do not know. Those who think they know, but are mistaken, and act upon their mistakes, are the most dangerous people to have in charge. Margaret Thatcher
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Whether manufactured by black, white, brown or yellow hands, a widget remains a widget - and it will be bought anywhere if the price and quality are right. The market is a more powerful and more reliable liberating force than government can ever be. Margaret Thatcher
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It is in a country's interests to keep faith with its allies. States in this sense are like people. If you have a reputation for exacting favors and not returning them, the favours dry up. Margaret Thatcher
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Countries trade with each other - or to be more precise people buy and sell from each other across frontiers - because that is the way to advance their interests. We do not need to beg people to trade with us - as long as we have something that people want, of a quality they expect and at a price they are prepared to pay. Margaret Thatcher
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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
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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
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But the whole history of America is quite different from Europe. People went there to get away from the intolerance and constraints of life in Europe. They sought liberty and opportunity; and their strong sense of purpose has over two centuries, helped create a new unity and pride in being American. Margaret Thatcher
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Socialism's results have ranged between the merely shabby and the truly catastrophic - poverty, strife, oppression and, on the killing fields of communism, the deaths this century of perhaps 100 million people. Against that doctrine was set a contrary, conservative belief in a law-governed liberty. It was this view which triumphed with the crumbling of the Berlin Wall. Since then, the Left has sought rehabilitation by distancing itself from its past. Margaret Thatcher
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A world without nuclear weapons may be a dream but you cannot base a sure defence on dreams. Without far greater trust and confidence between East and West than exists at present, a world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us. Margaret Thatcher
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Socialism lays an bad egg by killing the capitalism that lays the golden eggs Margaret Thatcher
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To accuse me of being too inflexible is poppycock. Margaret Thatcher
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We do not believe that if you cut back what government does you diminish its authority. On the contrary, a government that did less, and therefore did better, would strengthen its authority. Margaret Thatcher
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The legal system we have and the rule of law are far more responsible for our traditional liberties than any system of one man one vote. Any country or Government which wants to proceed towards tyranny starts to undermine legal rights and undermine the law. Margaret Thatcher
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What is right for the family is right for Britain. Margaret Thatcher
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I don't want to fight any wars; if you can get them off before we get there, you do it, but off they go. Margaret Thatcher
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Just rejoice at the news and congratulate our armed forces and the Marines. Rejoice! Margaret Thatcher
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We shall take whatever action is necessary to contain the growth of the money supply. The government, unlike so many of its predecessors, will face up to economic realities. Margaret Thatcher
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What really gets me is this - it's very ironic that those who are most critical of extra tax are those who are most vociferous in demanding extra expenditure. What gets me even more is that having demanded that extra expenditure they are not prepared to face the consequences of their own action and stand by the necessity to get the tax to pay for it. I wish some of them had a bit more guts and courage than they have. Margaret Thatcher
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I do wish I had brought my cheque book. I don't believe in credit cards. Margaret Thatcher
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I went to Oxford University - but I've never let that hold me back. Margaret Thatcher
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If in the 1930s nuclear weapons had been invented and the Allies had been faced by Nazi SS20s and Backfire Bombers, would it then have been morally right to have handed Hitler control of one of the most terrible weapons man has ever made? Would not that have been the one way to ensure that the thousand year Reich became exactly that? Would not unilateralism have given to Hitler the world domination he sought? Margaret Thatcher
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Citizenship should be based on those who have a close and real relationship with this country and its inhabitants. Margaret Thatcher
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Russia is bent on world domination. Margaret Thatcher
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(On The International Criminal Court) "For the victors of the Cold War to submit to an unelected, unaccountable, and almost certainly hostile body such as that envisaged would be the ultimate irony." Margaret Thatcher
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