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Wordy Wednesday: 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.

 

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

 

  • 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.

 

  • I wasn’t lucky, I deserved it.

 

  • The facts of life are conservative.
  • The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.

 

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

 

  • For every idealistic peacemaker willing to renounce his self-defense in favor of a weapons-free world, there is at least one war-maker anxious to exploit the other’s good intentions.

 

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

 

  • The battle for women’s rights has been largely won.

 

  • 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.

 

  • There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.

 

  • Every family should have the right to spend their money, after tax, as they wish, and not as the government dictates. Let us extend choice, extend the will to choose and the chance to choose.

 

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

 

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

 

  • In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.

 

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

 

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

 

  • I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
  • There are significant differences between the American and European version of capitalism. The American traditiionally emphasizes the need for limited government, light regulations, low taxes and maximum labour-market flexibility. Its success has been shown above all in the ability to create new jobs, in which it is consistently more successful than Europe.

 

  • The spirit of envy can destroy; it can never build.

 

  • Of course, to be a mother and a housewife is a vocation of a very high kind. But I simply felt that it was not the whole of my vocation. I knew that I also wanted a career. A phrase that Irene Ward, MP for Tynemouth, and I often used was that ‘while the home must always be the centre of one’s life, it should not be the boundary of one’s ambitions.’

 

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

 

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

 

  • 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.

 

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

 

  • There’s no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation.

 

  • 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.

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