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4/8/13 at 12:12 PM 2 Comments

Quotes: Margaret Thatcher's Words of Wisdom

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Margaret Thatcher died today at 87 years of age. The former Prime Minister of Great Britain was an articulate speaker and left behind numerous bits of wisdom in the form of memorable quotes. Thatcher was outspoken in her defense of freedom and capitalism.

In a speech to the General Assembly of Church of Scotland:

Reading recently, I came across the starkly simple phrase: "Christianity is about spiritual redemption, not social reform".

Source: Margaret Thatcher Foundation

Another quote from the speech to the Church of Scotland:

What then are the distinctive marks of Christianity?

They stem not from the social but from the spiritual side of our lives, and personally, I would identify three beliefs in particular:

First, that from the beginning man has been endowed by God with the fundamental right to choose between good and evil. And second, that we were made in God's own image and, therefore, we are expected to use all our own power of thought and judgement in exercising that choice; and further, that if we open our hearts to God, He has promised to work within us. And third, that Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, when faced with His terrible choice and lonely vigil chose to lay down His life that our sins may be forgiven. I remember very well a sermon on an Armistice Sunday when our Preacher said, "No one took away the life of Jesus , He chose to lay it down".

Source: Margaret Thatcher Foundation

On the topic of 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?"
Source: Good Reads

On the topic of political objectives:

I came to office with one deliberate intent: to change Britain from a dependent to a self-reliant society — from a give-it-to-me, to a do-it-yourself nation. A get-up-and-go, instead of a sit-back-and-wait-for-it Britain.

Source: Margaret Thatcher Foundation

On the topic of morality:

We want a society where people are free to make choices, to make mistakes, to be generous and compassionate. This is what we mean by a moral society; not a society where the state is responsible for everything, and no one is responsible for the state.

Source: MargaretThatcher Foundation

On the topic of socialism:

To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukemia with leeches.

Source: Brainy Quote

Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people's money. It's quite a characteristic of them.

Source: Margaret Thatcher Foundation

In responding to criticism from a member of parliament Thatcher responded:

What the Honorable Gentleman is saying, is that he’d rather the poor be poorer provided the rich were less rich.

Source: YouTube

On being a lady:

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
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On the creation of wealth:

Pennies don't fall from heaven, they have to be earned here on earth.

Source: Margaret Thatcher Foundation

It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake

Source: Brainy Quote

On the topic of enemies:

It pays to know the enemy - not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.

Source: Brainy Quote

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