Monday, April 08, 2013

Quotes from Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)


Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was an exemplary woman and statesman. Here are some of my favorite quotes:

"They are casting their problems at society. And, you know, there's no such thing as society. There are individual men and women and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look after themselves first. It is our duty to look after ourselves and then, also, to look after our neighbours."- in an interview with Women's Own in 1987.

"It is ironic that just when those countries such as the Soviet Union, which have tried to run everything from the centre, are learning that success depends on dispersing power and decisions away from the centre, there are some in the community who seem to want to move in the opposite direction." - in the "Bruges speech" in 1988.

"If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman." - in a speech in 1965.

"My policies are based not on some economics theory, but on things I and millions like me were brought up with: an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay; live within your means; put by a nest egg for a rainy day; pay your bills on time; support the police." - in an interview in 1981.

"No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions; he had money as well." - in an interview in 1980.

"It’s the Labour Government that have brought us record peacetime taxation. They’ve got the usual Socialist disease - they’ve run out of other people’s money." - in a Tory Party Conference in 1975.


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