I've always thought Margaret Thatcher was the quintessential British lady. She was tough, outspoken, and a lightening rod of criticism by her adversaries. I am a collector of quotations...I've included a few of my favorites from the 'Iron Lady.'
“If you just set out to be liked, you will be prepared to
compromise on anything at anytime, and would achieve
“Do you know that one of the great problems of our age is
that we are governed by people who care more about feelings
than they do about thoughts and ideas.”
“Watch your thoughts for they become words.
Watch your words for they become actions.
Watch your actions for they become habits.
Watch your habits for they become your character.
And watch your character for it becomes your destiny.
What we think, we become.
My father always said that... and I think I am fine.”
“Consensus: “The process of abandoning all beliefs,
principles, values, and policies in search of something in
which no one believes, but to which no one objects; the
process of avoiding the very issues that have to be solved,
merely because you cannot get agreement on the way ahead.
What great cause would have been fought and won under the
banner: ‘I stand for consensus?”
“When I'm out of politics I'm going to run a business, it'll be
“If you set out to be liked, you will accomplish nothing.”
hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the
top, but it will get you pretty near.”
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