Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.
If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
Power is like being a lady... if you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.
I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near.
Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.
If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.
The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money.
A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us.
What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.
To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.
I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
I love argument, I love debate. I don't expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that's not their job.
Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.
Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
You and I come by road or rail, but economists travel on infrastructure.
If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn't swim.
Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.
If you want to cut your own throat, don't come to me for a bandage.
The spirit of envy can destroy; it can never build.
I've got a woman's ability to stick to a job and get on with it when everyone else walks off and leaves it.
No woman in my time will be prime minister or chancellor or foreign secretary - not the top jobs. Anyway, I wouldn't want to be prime minister; you have to give yourself 100 percent.
It's a funny old world.
Democratic nations must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend.
I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.
There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.
To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukaemia with leeches.
There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.
I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air.
If you lead a country like Britain, a strong country, a country which has taken a lead in world affairs in good times and in bad, a country that is always reliable, then you have to have a touch of iron about you.
No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions; he had money as well.
To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.
It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake.
People think that at the top there isn't much room. They tend to think of it as an Everest. My message is that there is tons of room at the top.
I just owe almost everything to my father and it's passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.
There are still people in my party who believe in consensus politics. I regard them as Quislings, as traitors... I mean it.
Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus.
The battle for women's rights has been largely won.
I like Mr. Gorbachev, we can do business together.
You don't tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive.
We were told our campaign wasn't sufficiently slick. We regard that as a compliment.
Of course it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.
What Britain needs is an iron lady.
One of the things being in politics has taught me is that men are not a reasoned or reasonable sex.
It pays to know the enemy - not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.
Every family should have the right to spend their money, after tax, as they wish, and not as the government dictates. Let us extend choice, extend the will to choose and the chance to choose.
I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds, and I very rarely change it.
I owe nothing to Women's Lib.
It's passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.
Ought we not to ask the media to agree among themselves a voluntary code of conduct, under which they would not say or show anything which could assist the terrorists' morale or their cause while the hijack lasted.
Platitudes? Yes, there are platitudes. Platitudes are there because they are true.
We Conservatives hate unemployment.
Being prime minister is a lonely job... you cannot lead from the crowd.
If... many influential people have failed to understand, or have just forgotten, what we were up against in the Cold War and how we overcame it, they are not going to be capable of securing, let alone enlarging, the gains that liberty has made.
I don't mind how much my Ministers talk, so long as they do what I say.
This lady is not for turning.