“It will be years – and not in my time – before a woman will lead the party or become prime minister.” – 1974, speech.
“I stand before you tonight in my green chiffon evening gown, my face softly made up, my fair hair gently waved. The Iron Lady of the Western World? Me? A cold war warrior? Well, yes – if that is how they wish to interpret my defence of values and freedoms fundamental to our way of life.” – 1976, speech after Moscow dubbed her the Iron Lady.
“No one would have remembered the good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions. He had money as well.” – 1980, interview.
“If a woman like Eva Peron with no ideals can get that far, think how far I can go with all the ideals that I have.” – 1980, interview.
“To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only one thing to say, you turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning.” – 1980, Conservative party conference.
“We knew what we had to do and we went about it and did it. Great Britain is great again.” – 1982, after the end of the Falklands conflict.
“This is a man I can do business with.” – 1984, after her first meeting with Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev.
“I owe nothing to women’s lib.” – 1982, interview.
“We are simply asking to have our own money back.” – 1984, demanding a budget rebate for Britain at a European Union summit.
“I think, historically, the term ‘Thatcherism’ will be seen as a compliment.” – 1985, speech.
“There is no such thing as Society. There are individual men and women, and there are families.” – 1987, interview.
“I don’t mind how much my ministers talk, as long as they do what I say.” – 1987, interview.
“I was told beforehand my arrival was unscheduled, but on the way here I passed a local cinema and it turns out you were expecting me after all. The billboard read The Mummy Returns.” – 2001, speech at a Conservative general election, her first since 1987
H/T: Ā SMH