I don't think there will be a woman Prime Minister in my lifetime.
— Thatcher in a 1973 interview
Women shouldn't meddle in politics? Mr. Tito, I don't 'meddle' in politics. I am politics.
— Thatcher in a rejoinder to Josip Broz Tito, later recounted by columnists such as in National Review
Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people's money. It's quite a characteristic of them.
— Thatcher in a 1976 interview
They're casting their problem on society. And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first.
— Thatcher in a 1987 interview
People on all levels of income are better off than they were in 1979. The hon. Gentleman is saying that he would rather that the poor were poorer, provided that the rich were less rich. That way one will never create the wealth for better social services as we have. What a policy. Yes, he would rather have the poor poorer, provided that the rich were less rich. That is the Liberal policy.
— Thatcher in her last speech at the House of Commons, 1990
At the end of a Downing Street reception, I was the last to leave, alone with Mr and Mrs Thatcher. In that low voice, trained to sooth, she said flirtatiously: "Mr McKellen, I like your suit. Where did you get it?" "It's Japanese, Prime Minister." She grimaced like a nanny: "Naughty, naughty!" and closed the double doors in my face.
Britain is in a bit of a cultural renaissance here. It’s musically on top of the world, for all the flaws in Doctor Who there are all-time classics of television being made in this period. The British invasion of comics is in full swing, with Alan Moore making his transformative impact on the American comics industry. And much of this, albeit not all of it, is in direct reaction against Thatcherism. There’s a compelling, if unintended, argument to be had here... At some point we have to admit that hating Thatcher is something of a fetish - that she is the symptom we most enjoy.
Interestingly, one mate of mine, a proper leftie, in his heyday all Red Wedge and right-on punch-ups, was melancholy. "I thought I'd be overjoyed, but really it's just … another one bites the dust …" This demonstrates, I suppose, that if you opposed Thatcher's ideas it was likely because of their lack of compassion, which is really just a word for love. If love is something you cherish, it is hard to glean much joy from death, even in one's enemies.
The questioner was mystified. She just knew that all war was bad somehow, and though, from firsthand experience, I incline to her view, I did suggest that it was not such a good thing for her—or for anyone—to be so unaware of history... Naturally, she identified all war with men. Once women are in power, war will be politically incorrect, as Mrs. Thatcher demonstrated.
— Gore Vidal, Point to Point Navigation
"If you don't think a woman can handle a war, ask the Argentinians."
— Robin Williams, Weapons of Self-Destruction