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Margaret Thatcher (Character)
from The Iron Lady (2011)

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The Iron Lady (2011)
Margaret Thatcher: It used to be about trying to do something. Now it's about trying to be someone.

Alexander Haig: So you are proposing to go to war over these islands. They're thousands of miles away, a handful of citizens, politically and economically insignificant, if you'll excuse me.
Margaret Thatcher: Just like Hawaii... I imagine.

Margaret Thatcher: This lot seems bound to do the same... but they will rue the day.

Margaret Thatcher: We will stand on principle... or we will not stand at all.

Margaret Thatcher: It's time to get up! It's time go to work! It's time to put the great back into Great Britain!

Margaret Thatcher: Sink it!

Margaret Thatcher: Where did you go?
Denis Thatcher: South Africa.
Margaret Thatcher: Ah, yes.
Denis Thatcher: How many days passed before you realized I'd gone? Probably had to ask the cleaning woman where I was.

Margaret Thatcher: "How do you feel?" / "Oh, I don't feel comfortable." / "Oh, I'm so sorry, we the group, we're feeling..." Do you know, one of the greatest problems of our age is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas? Now, thoughts and ideas, that interests me.

Margaret Thatcher: [switching off television] I don't recognize myself.

Denis Thatcher: One likes to make an effort. A snifter?
Margaret Thatcher: You're dead, Denis.
Denis Thatcher: Ah well, if I'm dead, who are you talking to? Shall we dance?
Margaret Thatcher: Oh...

Margaret Thatcher: Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny. What we think, we become. My father always said that. And I think I am fine.

Margaret Thatcher: Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, because they become actions. Watch your actions, because they become habits. Watch your habits, because they become your character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny. What we think, we become.

Young Denis Thatcher: Margaret, will you marry me?
[a pause, Margaret stares at him]
Young Denis Thatcher: Well?
Young Margaret Thatcher: [Margaret is still staring, Denis kisses her hand] Yes. Yes!
Young Denis Thatcher: [Margaret starts to cry from happiness, Denis leans in for a kiss, but she suddenly pulls back] What?
Young Margaret Thatcher: I love you so much but, I will never be one of those women, Denis. Who stays silent and pretty on the arm of her husband. Or remote and alone in the kitchen - doing the washing up, for that matter.
Young Denis Thatcher: [interrupts] I'm going to help with that...
Young Margaret Thatcher: No. One's life must matter, Dennis. Beyond all the cooking and the cleaning and the children. One's life must mean more than that. I cannot die washing up a teacup! I mean it, Denis. Say you understand.
Young Denis Thatcher: That's why I want to marry you, my dear.

The Falklands Play (2002) (TV)
Alexander Haig: We are trying to de-escalise a war.
Margaret Thatcher: So am I. But you do not do it by appeasement. You increase its chances. You see this table? This was where Neville Chamberlain sat in 1938 when he spoke on the wireless about the Czechs as "far away people about whom we know nothing and with whom we have so little in common". Munich! Appeasement! A world war followed because of that irresponsible, woolly-minded, indecisive, slip-shod attitude and the deaths of 45 million people.
Tom Enders: The fact that we have to treat Britain and Argentina even-handedly for the purpose of negotiation...
Margaret Thatcher: How DARE you treat us even-handedly? Argentina is the aggressor, the invader. A fourth-rate, cruel, unstable, corrupt, brutal regime with no morals or scruples whatever! They torture and murder their political opponents by the most ghastly Nazi methods. And this is the regime you wish to give even a foothold over the British citizens?

Margaret (2009) (TV)
Margaret Thatcher: I WILL change the soul of Britain!

Harry & Paul's Story of the 2s (2014) (TV)
[scene from a BBC documentary about the Thatcher years; cuts between talking head interviews of Margaret Thatcher, Geoffrey Howe and Nigel Lawson]
Lord Howe: Margaret was never the easiest person to get on with in Cabinet. But there was something about her.
Margaret Thatcher: We remember Geoffrey coming to us one day with a policy that we didn't much care for.
Lord Howe: And I said "Please, Margaret."
Margaret Thatcher: And we said "No, Geoffrey, no."
Lord Lawson: She was a very sexy woman. I remember going to her...
Margaret Thatcher: And we remember Nigel came to see us, and he said "You must, Prime Minister. I insist."
Lord Lawson: I was very insistent.
Margaret Thatcher: And we said "No, Nigel, no."
Lord Howe: I said "Margaret, please."
Margaret Thatcher: And we said "No, Geoffrey, no."
Lord Lawson: I said "Margaret, please listen."
Margaret Thatcher: And we said "No, Nigel, we will not listen."
Lord Howe: I said "Margaret, I'm pleading with you, on bended knee, you mad..."
Margaret Thatcher: ...Power-crazed bint. And we said "No, Geoffrey, no."
Lord Lawson: I said "Margaret, just listen for one minute, you completely..."
Margaret Thatcher: ...Deranged old boot.
Lord Lawson: I said "Margaret..."
Margaret Thatcher: We said "No, Nigel, no. Bad dog, Nigel. No, no, no. You bad dog."
Lord Lawson: And I found myself on all-fours in front of her, and she literally trampled me underfoot.
Margaret Thatcher: And we remember very clearly that Nigel was very cross.
Lord Lawson: It was really quite erotic.

For Your Eyes Only (1981)
[last lines]
The Prime Minister: [over the phone] Ah, Mr. Bond. I wanted to call you personnally and to say how pleased we all are that your mission was a success. Thank you.
Parrot: Thank you, thank you.
The Prime Minister: Don't thank me, Mr. Bond. Your courage and resourcefulness are a credit to the nation. Denis and I look forward to meeting you. Meanwhile, if there is anything I can do for you...
Parrot: Give us a kiss, give us a kiss.
The Prime Minister: Well, really, Mr. Bond.
Tanner: I think we're having a little trouble with the line, madam.
Frederick Gray: [to Q] You idiot. Get on to him.
Q: 007. 007.
Frederick Gray: Bond! Have you gone mad? What's going on? Bond. Bond! BOND!