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Margaret Thatcher's Best Quotes 


Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher—who died Monday from a stroke at age 87—retired from public engagements in 2002 following a series of small strokes, and was only occasionally seen in public since then.
前英国首相撒切尔夫人(Margaret Thatcher)周一因中风去世,终年87岁。在发生多次轻微中风之后,她于2002年退出公众视线,此后只是偶尔公开露面。

Here are memorable quotes from her public life:

"If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman." -- May 20, 1965, speech to National Union of Townswomen's Guilds Conference. 
如果你想要空谈,问男人;如果你想要成事,问女人。──在全国城市妇女公会联盟会议(National Union of Townswomen's Guilds Conference)上的演讲,1965年5月20日

"There are dangers in consensus: it could be an attempt to satisfy people holding no particular views about anything.…No great party can survive except on the basis of firm beliefs about what it wants to do." -- Oct. 10, 1968, Conservative Party conference.
共识中存在种种危机:共识可能是为了迎合对任何事都没有具体看法的人……除非基于对使命的坚定信念,否则不会有伟大的政党──保守党(Conservative Party)大会,1968年10月10日

"I don't think there will be a woman Prime Minister in my lifetime." -- TV interview March 5, 1973. 


"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." -- Jan. 31, 1976.
女士们、先生们,今晚, 我身着红色雪纺绸晚装、略施粉黛、秀发轻卷,站在你们面前……西方世界的铁娘子。是我吗?冷战斗士?好吧,是我,如果他们想这样解读我对生活最根本的自由价值的捍卫。──1976年1月31日

"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." -- From the speech that led to her being dubbed The Iron Lady, Jan. 19, 1976.

"To those waiting with bated breath for that favorite media catchphrase, the 'U' turn, I have only one thing to say. 'You turn if you want to. The lady's not for turning.' I say that not only to you but to our friends overseas and also to those who are not our friends." -- Conservative Party Conference, Oct. 1980.

"You don't win by just being against things, you only win by being for things and making your message perfectly clear." -- Feb. 11, 1975.

"I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end." -- House of Commons, March 31, 1982.
只要我最终能达到自己的目的,我就会有超常的耐心。──下议院(House of Commons),1982年3月31日

"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." -- Quoting St. Francis of Assisi after winning the general election, May 1979.
在有冲突的地方,带去和谐。在有谬误的地方,宣扬真理。在有疑虑的地方,传递信念。在有失望的地方,唤起希望。──在赢得大选之后引用亚西西的方济各(St. Francis of Assisi )的话,1979年5月

'No! No! No!' statement in the House of Commons on European Council Summit Oct. 30, 1990

"When you've spent half your political life dealing with humdrum issues like the environment, it's exciting to have a real crisis on your hands." -- May 14, 1982, commenting on the Falkland Islands war.

"We fought to show that aggression does not pay and that the robber cannot be allowed to get away with his swag. We fought with the support of so many throughout the world.…Yet we also fought alone." -- July 3, 1982, on the Falkland Islands war.

"I was asked whether I was trying to restore Victorian values. I said straight out I was. And I am." -- July 21, 1983, speech to British Jewish Community.

"That nations that have gone for equality, like Communism, have neither freedom nor justice nor equality, they've the greatest inequalities of all, the privileges of the politicians are far greater compared with the ordinary folk than in any other country. The nations that have gone for freedom, justice and independence of people have still freedom and justice, and they have far more equality between their people, far more respect for each individual than the other nations. Go my way. You will get freedom and justice and much less difference between people than you do in the Soviet Union." -- TV interview, January 1983

"There is no week, nor day, nor hour, when tyranny may not enter upon this country, if the people lose their supreme confidence in themselves, and lose their roughness and spirit of defiance. Tyranny may always enter—there is no charm or bar against it." -- July 19, 1984, during the coal miners' strike.

"Economics are the method; the object is to change the heart and soul." Sunday Times, May 1, 1981.
“经济学是一种方法,其目标是改变心脏和灵魂。”--1981年5月1日在《星期日泰晤士报》(Sunday Times)上所言。

"We can do business together." -- Dec. 17, 1984, speaking of Mikhail Gorbachev.
“我们可以合作共事。”--1984年12月17日谈到戈尔巴乔夫(Mikhail Gorbachev)时说的话。

"No one would remember the good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions. He had money as well." -- Jan. 6, 1986, television interview.

"There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families." -- Oct. 31, 1987, magazine interview.

"We are a grandmother." -- March 3, 1989, announcing the birth of her first grandchild.

"If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time and you would achieve nothing." -- May 3, 1989, commenting on her 10th anniversary as prime minister.

"I am not immortal, but I've got a lot left in me yet." -- Sept. 9, 1990.

"I cannot imagine how any diplomat, or any dramatist, could improve on (Ronald Reagan's) words to Mikhail Gorbachev at the Geneva summit: 'Let me tell you why it is we distrust you.' Those words are candid and tough and they cannot have been easy to hear. But they are also a clear invitation to a new beginning and a new relationship that would be rooted in trust." -- Eulogy at the funeral of former President Ronald Reagan, June 11, 2004. 
“我无法想象有哪位外交家或剧作家能把里根(Ronald Reagan)在日内瓦峰会上对戈尔巴乔夫讲的那番话说得更精彩:让我告诉你为何是我们不信任你。这些话坦率而严厉,虽然不中听,但也发出了在信任的基础上拥有一个新的开始、建立一种新的关系的明确邀请。”--2004年6月11日在美国前总统里根的葬礼上所致的悼词。

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