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Margaret Thatcher

1925-?. British stateswoman. Prime Minister (1979-90).

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The cocks may crow, but it's the hen that lays the egg.

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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.

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

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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.

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Of course, it is the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.

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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.

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One only gets to the top rung of the ladder by steadily climbing up one at a time, and suddenly all sorts of powers, all sorts of abilities which you thought never belonged to you--suddenly become within your own possibility and you think, ''Well, I'll have a go, too.''

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Pennies do not come from heaven -- they have to be earned here on earth.

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

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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.

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