10 Quotes from the life of Margaret Thatcher

Apr 8, 2013 at 8:08 p.m. ET

No doubt, the life of former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher was met with controversy, but politics aside, acting as a pioneer within any field is certainly worthy of remembrance. Liked or disliked, Thatcher's words will remain within our minds as we remember the principles she stood for, so we've rounded up our favorite quotes to inspire more women to lead the way!

Margaret Thatcher in 1980

"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."
– on her election as Prime Minister in 1979

Margaret Thatcher in 1975
Margaret Thatcher in 1975 shortly after her election as Conservative Party leader.

"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 in Women's Own in 1987


"I fight on. I fight to win." – after the inconclusive first ballot in the Tory leadership election in 1990


"I wasn't lucky, I deserved it." – at age 9 on winning a school prize


"If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.” – interview with Press Association on May 3, 1989, for the 10th anniversary of her Premiership


"Pennies don't fall from heaven, they have to be earned here on earth."  – speech at Lord Mayor’s Banquet, Nov. 12, 1979


"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." – speech, 1975


"Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country." – attributed to Thatcher by Madeline Kunin in Pearls, Politics & Power, published 2008


"If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman." – speech to National Union of Townswomen’s Guilds Conference on May 20, 1965


"I am extraordinarily patient — provided I get my own way in the end." – from a March 1982 European Council meeting.

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