Margaret Thatcher

13 Oct 1925 // 8 Apr 2013


I'm not hard � I'm frightfully soft. But I will not be hounded.

Daily Mail (London) (1972)
I've learned one thing in politics. You don't take a decision until you have to.

Diaries (1994)
Battles in life are never won... Life's a continuous business, and so is success, and requires continuous effort.

New York Times (1989)
Pennies don't fall from heaven. They have to be earned on earth.

Observer (London) (1979)
In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.

People (1975)
It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake.
Consensus is the negation of leadership.

Woodbury Reports Archives (1997)
We must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend.

Speech (1985)
I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.

Observer (London) (1989)


On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."