The quotable Maraget Thatcher: Her best quips


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Margaret Thatcher, enemy of socialism and the first woman to become prime minister of Britain, will be remembered as a strong leader, but also as one of the most quotable politicians in recent memory. Here are some her of best quips:

“I don’t think there will be a woman Prime Minister in my lifetime.” (BBC, 3/5/73)

“Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them.” (Thames TV, 2/5/76)

“Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.” (BBC, 1979)

“Pennies don’t fall from heaven, they have to be earned here on earth.” (Speech at Lord Mayor’s Banquet, 11/12/79)

“No-one would remember the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions; he had money as well.” (London Weekend Television, 1/6/80)

“My policies are based not on some economics theory, but on things I and millions like me were brought up with: an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay; live within your means; put by a nest egg for a rainy day; pay your bills on time; support the police.” (News of the World, 9/20/81)

“You know, if you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything, wouldn’t you, at any time? And you would achieve nothing!” (Interview for Press Association, 5/3/89)

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