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Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013): Video and quotes

Margaret Thatcher in a White House Cabinet Room meeting with President Jimmy Carter. Image Credit: White House photo office (Wikimedia)

Margaret Thatcher in a White House Cabinet Room meeting with President Jimmy Carter. Image Credit: White House photo office (Wikimedia)

The video above is from Margaret Thatcher’s last House of Commons Speech on November 22, 1990, where she addresses income inequality and a single European currency.

Here are some Margaret Thatcher quotes:

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

“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.”

“I think we’ve been through a period where too many people have been given to understand that if they have a problem, it’s the government’s job to cope with it. ‘I have a problem, I’ll get a grant.’ ‘I’m homeless, the government must house me.’ 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. It’s our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbor. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations. There’s no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation.”

“No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions; he had money as well.”

9 thoughts on “Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013): Video and quotes

  1. Mrs. Thatcher was always direct and to the point. She was a strong and persuasive defender of freedom and liberty and was staunch in their defense. She will be missed. She set an example we Conservative Republicans would be well advised to follow. She had the strength and courage to call a spade a spade and to defend to the end the values, principles and freedom she so deeply felt, believed and lived. God bless her and may she Rest in Peace.

  2. In California, there seems to be lots of people receiving disability checks, and other government benefits. They buy alcohol, drugs, and tobacco, and contribute no value to society. They’re capable of performing some type of work.

    • I was surprised to find out she was 87.

      She probably was too.

      My experience has been that I seldom think about being old until someone reminds of the large number of years I’ve been alive.

      :)

  3. “Being democratic is not enough, a majority cannot turn what is wrong into right. In order to be considered truly free, countries must also have a deep love of liberty and an abiding respect for the rule of law.” — Margaret Thatcher

  4. Substitute “universities” for “age” in the second quote

    “Do you know that one of the great problems of our universitiesage is that theywe are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas.”

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