Margaret Thatcher, fully Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, née Roberts

Thatcher, fully Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, née Roberts

British Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

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You need quite good shock absorbers and a sense of humor to be the Prime Minister's child.

You only have to wade through a metric measure or two of European prose, culled from its directives, circulars, reports, communiqu‚s or what pass as debates in its 'parliament', and you will quickly understand that Europe is, in truth, synonymous with bureaucracy ? to which one might add 'to', 'from' and 'with' bureaucracy if one were so minded.

When the ANC says that they will target British companies. This shows what a typical terrorist organization it is. I fought terrorism all my life and if more people fought it, and we were all more successful, we should not have it and I hope that everyone in this hall will think it is right to go on fighting terrorism. They will if they believe in democracy.

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.

Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope.

Why do you climb philosophical hills? Because they are worth climbing ? There are no hills to go down unless you start from the top.

Women have plenty of roles in which they can serve with distinction: some of us even run countries. But generally we are better at wielding the handbag than the bayonet.

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

You cannot have the dream of building up your own fortune by your own hopes, your own hands, and your own British guts.

You don't tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive.

You know, if you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything, wouldn't you, at any time? And you would achieve nothing!

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

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.

What do you mean you're establishing a special department for it? I told you to deal with the problem, not to make it worse. Once we have an entire government department whose size, pay, and perquisites depend upon the existence of the problem, we'll never get rid of it.

We Conservatives hate unemployment.

What government has to do is to set the framework for human talent to flourish.

We could have stopped this, we could still do so... But for the most part, we in the west have actually given comfort to the aggressor.

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.

We fought to show that aggression does not pay and that the robber cannot be allowed to get away with his swag. We fought with the support of so many throughout the world: the Security Council, the Commonwealth, the European Community, and the United States. Yet we also fought alone ? for we fought for our own sovereign territory.

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.

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.

We lost 255 of our best young men. I felt every one. (about the Falklands War)

When all the objectives of government include the achievement of equality ? other than equality before the law ? that government poses a threat to liberty.

There really is no alternative.

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

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British Prime Minister of the United Kingdom