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Margaret Thatcher: a life in quotes

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Baroness Margaret Thatcher has died of a stroke aged 87. The UK's first female Prime Minister was a divisive figure; some lauded her as a pioneer and economic reformer, others will always despise her hardline policies. But wherever you stand on Thatcher politics, there's little doubt she changed the landscape of Britain forever.

Here, we look at Thatcher's life in quotes, from her own famed sayings to how other people described her - including her US ally Ronald Regan, her Labour opponent Roy Hattersley and even her own daughter. Click on an image below to launch Margaret Thatcher's life in quotes and let us know your thoughts on Twitter.

  • Margaret Thatcher: a life in quotes

    "In politics, if you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman."

    From a speech Thatcher gave to a women's group in 1965.

  • Margaret Thatcher: a life in quotes

    "Reality hasn't really intervened in my mother's life since the Seventies."

    Carol Thatcher, Margaret Thatcher's daughter.

  • Margaret Thatcher: a life in quotes

    "To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only one thing to say: You turn if you want to. The lady's not for turning."

    Thatcher addressing the Conservative conference in 1980.

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    "I was aware of her very early on and, even though her policies were not popular, to say the least, in my circles, people were kind of thrilled that a woman had become leader.”

    Meryl Streep who played Thatcher in The Iron Lady (pictured).

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    "If you just set out to be liked, you will be prepared to compromise on anything at anytime, and would achieve nothing."

    Thatcher commenting on her 10th anniversary as Prime Minister in May 1989.

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    "What does she want, this housewife? My balls on a tray?"

    Jacques Chirac, then Prime minister of France, during the February 1988 Brussels summit.

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    "Pennies don't fall from heaven, they have to be earned here on earth."

    From Thatcher's speech at the Lord Mayor's Banquet in 1979.

  • Margaret Thatcher: a life in quotes

    "[She has a] patronising elocution voice [and] neat well-groomed clothes and hair, packaged together in a way that's not exactly vulgar, just low. [It fills me with] a kind of rage."

    Baroness Warnock.

  • Margaret Thatcher: a life in quotes

    "I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left."

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    "The thought that she might not be right has never crossed Mrs Thatcher's mind. It is a strength in a politician."

    Roy Hattersley, deputy leader of the Labour Party from 1983 – 1992.

  • Margaret Thatcher: a life in quotes

    "I usually make up my mind about people in ten seconds, and I very rarely change it."

    Quoted many years before she became prime minister on May 4, 1979.

  • Margaret Thatcher: a life in quotes

    "The Iron Lady."

    The phrase was first used by military journalist Captain Yuri Gavrilov in the Soviet newspaper Red Star on 24 January 1976.

  • Margaret Thatcher: a life in quotes

    "Ladies and gentlemen, I stand before you tonight in my red chiffon evening gown, my face softly made up, my fair hair gently waved ... the Iron Lady of the Western World. Me? A Cold War warrior? Well, yes - if that is how they wish to interpret my defense of values of freedoms fundamental to our way of life."

    From a 1976 Thatcher speech.

  • Margaret Thatcher: a life in quotes

    "When I'm out of politics I'm going to run a business, it'll be called rent-a-spine."

  • Margaret Thatcher: a life in quotes

    "Margaret Thatcher always gave me headaches."

    Helmut Kohl, chancellor of Germany 1982 – 1990.

  • Margaret Thatcher: a life in quotes

    "Defeat? I do not recognise the meaning of the word."

    Thatcher's response when she was questioned over Britain's involvement in the Falklands War.

  • Margaret Thatcher: a life in quotes

    "The best man in England."

    Ronald Regan, President of the United States, 1981 -1989.

  • Margaret Thatcher: a life in quotes

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

  • Margaret Thatcher: a life in quotes

    "Never do things just because other people do them."

    Alfred Roberts, Thatcher’s father, speaking to his daughter.

  • Margaret Thatcher: a life in quotes

    "I don’t think there will be a woman Prime Minister in my lifetime."

    Thatcher in a BBC interview, 1973.

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