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Quotes of the Day for 13 October 2004 – Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Hilda Roberts was born at Grantham, Lincolnshire, England on this day in 1925. She was educated at Somerville College, Oxford where she studied chemistry. After her marriage in 1951 she studied law and won a seat in Parliament in 1959. Before she became Prime Minister the Russians had dubbed her "The Iron Lady" after one of her speeches. Ronald Reagan called her "the best man in England", her detractors dubbed her "Attilla the Hen". Margaret Thatcher was the first woman elected as PM in England and held the office longer than anyone else in the last century, which gave her the chance to leave a lot of great quotes, of which I've chosen a very few.

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The quotes:

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

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.

If you are guided by opinion polls, you are not practicing leadership - you are practicing followship.

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

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.

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


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