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Margaret Thatcher at Her Most Quotable

04/08/2013 10:47 EDT | Updated 06/08/2013 05:12 EDT
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FILE - In this June 23, 1982 file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher gestures with her pen as she answers a reporters question during a news conference at the United Nations. Ex-spokesman Tim Bell says that Thatcher has died. She was 87. Bell said the woman known to friends and foes as "the Iron Lady" passed away Monday morning, April 8, 2013. (AP Photo/File)

1. "I don't think there will be a woman Prime Minister in my lifetime." -- as education secretary on March 5, 1973 (six years before ascending to PM's office).

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

3. "I make up my mind about people in the first 10 seconds, and I very rarely change it." -- years before she became Prime Minister on May 4, 1979.

4. "The ANC is a typical terrorist organisation... Anyone who thinks it is going to run the government in South Africa is living in cloud-cuckoo land." - 1987

5. "In politics, If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman."

6. "The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money."

7. "I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end."

8. "The Russians are bent on world dominance, and they are rapidly acquiring the means to become the most powerful imperial nation the world has seen. They put guns before butter, while we put just about everything before guns." - Speech, Jan. 19, 1976

9. "You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it."

10. "If you want to cut your own throat, don't come to me for a bandage."

Margaret Thatcher Life In Pictures