"This lady is not for turning.
"If you just set out to be liked, you will be prepared to compromise on anything at anytime, and would achieve nothing."
"You don't tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive."
"I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end."
"I don't mind how much my Ministers talk, so long as they do what I say."
"Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus."
"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."
"It is one of the great weaknesses of reasonable men and women that they imagine that projects which fly in the face of common sense are not serious or being seriously undertaken."
"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."
• "Oh, but you know, you do not achieve anything without trouble, ever."
"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
"If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn't swim."
"I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds, and I very rarely change it."
"To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best."
"Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country."
"Power is like being a lady… if you have to tell people you are, you aren't."
"I wasn't lucky. I deserved it."