Rest in peace, Margaret Thatcher.
Since I’m no expert on Britain’s “Iron Lady,” here’s a few hits from around the web (none of which I can take credit for):
- “If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.”
- “I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.”
- “If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn’t swim.”
- “Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”
And one of my favorites:
- “Europe will never be like America. Europe is a product of history. America is a product of philosophy.”
The close and candid relationships Mrs. Thatcher formed with both Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and Mr. Reagan, and her vocal support of the uncompromising U.S. position toward the Soviet Union, proved an important element in the end of the Cold War.
At her first meeting with Mr. Gorbachev, she leaned over the table to tell her Soviet counterpart over lunch: “Welcome to the United Kingdom. I want our relationship to get off to a good start, and to make sure there is no misunderstanding between us—I hate Communism,” said Sir Bernard, her press secretary at the time.
- Margaret Thatcher (tomfaranda.typepad.com)
- Margaret Thatcher Dies After Stroke (righttruth.typepad.com)
- World tributes to late leader (radionz.co.nz)
- Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: Dead at 87 (justjared.com)
- David Cameron pays tribute to Margaret Thatcher (fsn.typepad.com)
- Death of Lady Thatcher (number10.gov.uk)