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MARGARET THATCHER: The Iron Lady 1925 - 2013
"I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end."

"Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them."

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

"The younger generation doesn’t want equality and regimentation, but opportunity to shape their world while showing compassion to those in real need." "Pennies don’t fall from heaven, they have to be earned here on earth."

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

"Defeat? I do not recognise the meaning of the word."


"Nations that have gone for equality, like Communism, have neither freedom nor justice nor equality, they’ve the greatest inequalities of all...Go my way. You will get freedom and justice and much less difference between people than you do in the Soviet Union."

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

"It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake. " "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."

"We want a society where people are free to make choices, to make mistakes, to be generous and compassionate. This is what we mean by a moral society; not a society where the state is responsible for everything, and no one is responsible for the state."

"It pays to know the enemy – not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend."

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