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Shelby Holliday
Date
April 8, 2013

A Ten Quote Tribute to the Iron Lady

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It’s no surprise that the death of Margaret Thatcher has sparked an outpouring of media coverage worldwide.

While most are remembering the “Iron Lady” for her postwar premiership and formidable political power, people are also paying tribute by posting famous Thatcher quotes all over the internet.

Here are a few of my favorites:

If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” – in a speech in 1965

“Pennies don’t fall from heaven, they have to be earned here on earth.” – in a speech in 1979

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

“You turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning.” – at the Conservative Party Conference in 1980

“I wasn’t lucky. I deserved it.” – after winning a poetry-reading prize at the age of 9

“If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time and you would achieve nothing.” – on her 10th anniversary as prime minister in 1989

“To wear your heart on your sleeve isn’t a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.”  – interview with Barbara Walters in 1987

“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.” – statement after her election in 1979

“Me? A Cold War warrior? Well, yes – if that is how they wish to interpret my defense of values of freedoms fundamental to our way of life.” – 1976

“I don’t think there will be a woman prime minister in my lifetime.” – as education secretary in 1973

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