Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s “Iron Lady,” was undoubtedly one of the most iconic politicians of our time. Mrs Thatcher was the first woman to be the head of government of a Western democracy with a strong reputation for being not just a tough one but possibly tougher than any man that has ever held that position.

With her words she comforted an entire nation in the wake of terrorist attacks and inspired millions of women around the world to take their destiny into their hands, during her time, with words she launched a war and overcame her opponents.

Margaret Thatcher was one of Britain’s longest-serving prime ministers with a total of 11 years and 209 days in office making her the longest-serving premier of the 20th century.

In remembrance of her, here are:

Margaret Thatcher’s Famous Quotes


10. Addressing women’s group, 1965

“In politics, if you want something said, ask a man; if you want to get something done, ask a woman.”


9. 1979, the year she became prime minister

“Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.” 


8. Arriving at No 10 as the new prime minister, 1979

“I would just like to remember some words of St. Francis of Assisi which I think are really just particularly apt at the moment. ‘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.”


7. 1980

“I don’t mind how much my ministers talk, as long as they do what I say.”


6. Conservative Party Conference, Oct. 10, 1980

“You turn if you want to; the lady’s not for turning.”


5. At the European Union summit in Dublin, 1980

“I want my money back!”


4. Announcing the invasion of the Falkland Islands in 1982

“The people of the Falkland Islands, like the people of the United Kingdom, are an island race. Their way of life is British; their allegiance is to the Crown. They are few in number, but they have the right to live in peace, to choose their own way of life and to determine their own allegiance. It is the wish of the British people and the duty of Her Majesty’s Government to do everything that we can to uphold that right. That will be our hope and our endeavour and, I believe, the resolve of every member of the House.”


3. After the IRA bombing that killed members of cabinet, 1984

“The fact that we are gathered here, now — shocked but composed and determined – is a sign not only that this attack has failed but that all attempts to destroy democracy will fail.”


2. In her speech on the U.K. joining European common currency, House of Commons, 20th October 1990

“No, no, no.”

The climax of an anti-European outburst that moved Geoffrey Howe to quit as deputy prime minister and deliver the resignation speech calling for her to be challenged for her job


1.  Eulogy at funeral of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, June 11, 2004

“I cannot imagine how any diplomat, or any dramatist, could improve on (Ronald Reagan’s) words to Mikhail Gorbachev at the Geneva summit: ‘Let me tell you why it is we distrust you.’ Those words are candid and tough and they cannot have been easy to hear. But they are also a clear invitation to a new beginning and a new relationship that would be rooted in trust.”

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