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Quotes of the day: Margaret Thatcher
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Published Monday, October 12, 2015 @ 2:07 PM EDT
Oct 12 2015

Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS (née Roberts, October 13, 1925 - April 8, 2013) was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and is currently the only woman to have held the office. A Soviet journalist called her the "Iron Lady", a nickname that became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style. As Prime Minister, she implemented policies that have come to be known as Thatcherism. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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America, my friends, is the only country in the world actually founded on liberty- the only one. People went to America to be free.

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.

Consensus is the absence of leadership.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.

It is exciting to have a real crisis on your hands, when you have spent half your political life dealing with humdrum issues like the environment.

It's a funny old world.

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

Of course, it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.

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

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

The Old Testament prophets did not say, 'Brothers. I want a consensus.'

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money.

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

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

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.

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

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(October 13 is also the birthday of Lenny Bruce and Paul Simon.)


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