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Some Pithy Comments from Margaret Thatcher

In 13 History on 2016/01/29 at 12:00 AM

It appears to me that there are two very general and seemingly conflicting ideas about society which come down to us from the New Testament.  There is that great Christian doctrine that we are all members of one another, expressed in the concept of the Church on Earth  as the Body of Christ.  From this we learn our inter-dependence and the great truth that we do not achieve happiness or salvation in isolation from each other but as members of society.  That is one of the great Christian truths which has influenced our political thinking; there is also another, that we are all responsible moral being with a choice between good and evil, being who are infinitely precious in the eyes of their Creator.  You might almost say that the whole political wisdom consists in getting these two ideas in the right relationship to each other.

Earn as much as you can, save as much as you can, give as much as you can.

If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.

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.

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

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.

Any woman who understand the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.

 It may be the cock that crows, but it is the hen that lays the eggs.

No matter how well prepared you are, the unexpected happens.  How you cope then remains, of course, the real test.

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.

Thatcher became Prime Minister on 4 May 1979. Arriving at 10 Downing Street, she said, in a paraphrase of the “Prayer of Saint Francis“:

“Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope.

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