Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
Being prime minister is a lonely job... you cannot lead from the crowd.
I don't mind how much my Ministers talk, so long as they do what I say.
Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.
To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukemia with leeches.
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.
In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman.
I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.
Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.
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.
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.
I like Mr. Gorbachev, we can do business together.
I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air.
I love argument, I love debate. I don't expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that's not their job.
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.
There are still people in my party who believe in consensus politics. I regard them as Quislings, as traitors... I mean it.
I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds, and I very rarely change it.
If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn't swim.
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.
If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.
If you want to cut your own throat, don't come to me for a bandage.
It is only when you look now and see success that you say that it was good fortune. It was not. We lost 250 of our best young men. I felt every one.
It pays to know the enemy - not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.
It was sheer professionalism and inspiration and the fact that you really cannot have people marching into other people's territory and staying there.
Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus.
Of course it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.
Democratic nations must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend.
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.
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.
There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.
To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.
We were told our campaign wasn't sufficiently slick. We regard that as a compliment.
You don't tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive.