People think that at the top there isn’t much room. They tend to think of it as an Everest. My message is that there is tons of room at the top.
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
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.
There are still people in my party who believe in consensus politics. I regard them as Quislings, as traitors… I mean it.
To wear your heart on your sleeve isn’t a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.
What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.
Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and importance, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.
If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.
Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.
Democratic nations must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend.
It pays to know the enemy – not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.
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.
I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.
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.
I love argument, I love debate. I don’t expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that’s not their job.
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.
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 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 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.