A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us.

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.

If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.

And I will go on criticising Socialism, and opposing Socialism because it is bad for Britain (...) It's the Labour Government that have brought us record peace-time taxation. They've got the usual Socialist disease – they've run out of other people's money.

I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.

It may be the cock that crows, but it is the hen that lays the eggs.

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.

Any leader has to have a certain amount of steel in them, so I am not that put out being called the Iron Lady.

This lady is not for turning.

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.

Of course it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.

I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air.

They might have beaten us at our national sport, but we managed to beat them at their national sport twice in the 20th century.

I don't think there will be a woman prime minister in my lifetime.

Socialists are happy until they run out of other people's money.

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.

Don't follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.

I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds, and I very rarely change it.

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.

The spirit of envy can destroy; it can never build.

I'm not hard, I'm frightfully soft. But I will not be hounded.

Power is like being a lady... if you have to tell people you are, you aren't.

In politics, if you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.

Success is having a flair for the thing that you are doing, knowing that is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a sense of purpose.

Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus.

I do not know anyone who has gotten to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but it will get you pretty near.

I love argument, I love debate. I don't expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that's not their job.

I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.

Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.

It's no time to be wobbly, Geo.

We have not successfully rolled back the frontiers of the state in Britain, only to see them reimposed at a European level with a European super-state exercising a new dominance from Brussels.

The Russians are bent on world dominance, and they are rapidly acquiring the means to become the most powerful imperial nation the world has seen. The men in the Soviet Politburo do not have to worry about the ebb and flow of public opinion. They put guns before butter, while we put just about everything before guns.

I owe nothing to Women's Lib.

There are still people in my party who believe in consensus politics. I regard them as Quislings, as traitors... I mean it.

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

Left-wing zealots have often been prepared to ride roughshod over due process and basic considerations of fairness when they think they can get away with it. For them the ends always seems to justify the means. That is precisely how their predecessors came to create the gulag.

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

I wasn't lucky, I deserved it.

Being democratic is not enough, a majority cannot turn what is wrong into right. In order to be considered truly free, countries must also have a deep love of liberty and an abiding respect for the rule of law.

Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.

Freedom will destroy itself if it is not exercised within some sort of moral framework, some body of shared beliefs, some spiritual heritage transmitted through the Church, the family, and the school.

If you set out to be liked, you will accomplish nothing.

The lady's not for turning.

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

One of the things being in politics has taught me is that men are not a reasoned or reasonable sex.

Being powerfull is like being a lady. If you have to tell people that you are, you aren't.

Do you know, one of the greatest problems of our age is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas? Now, thoughts and ideas, that interests me.

If you want to cut your own throat, don't come to me for a bandage.

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.