Lady Margaret Thatcher, the former prime minster of Great Britain from 1979 to 1990, died on Monday after suffering a stroke. She was 87.
The outspoken Thatcher has a fair share of fans and detractors. Here’s how Reuters described her
in a story today:
“A grocer's daughter with a steely resolve, she was loved and loathed in equal measure as she crushed the unions, privatized vast swathes of British industry, clashed with the European Union and fought a war to recover the Falkland Islands from Argentine invaders.”
They didn’t call her the Iron Lady for nothing.
On Monday, President Obama said of Thatcher
, “She stands as an example to our daughters that there is no glass ceiling that can’t be shattered.”
Over the years, Thatcher said a number of inspiring things, many of them about the strength and power of women in politics. You’ll likely find that they translate to any field—including PR and marketing.
Here are 10 inspiring quotes from Thatcher (via GoodReads.com
“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.”
“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 a day you've had everything to do and you've done it.”
“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”
“If you just set out to be liked, you will be prepared to compromise on anything at anytime, and would achieve nothing. ”
“Don't follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.”
“I do not know anyone who has gotten to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but it will get you pretty near.”
“I usually make up my mind about a man in 10 seconds, and I very rarely change it.”
“To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.”
“Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan”