Margaret Thatcher's most memorable quotes

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher votes 10 October 1989 to adopt the agenda during the opening of the Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool. JOHNNY EGGITT/AFP/Getty Images

LONDON 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.

Here are memorable quotes from her public life.

Oct. 10, 1968

"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." -- Conservative Party conference.

Jan. 31, 1976

"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."

May 4, 1979

"I just owe almost everything to my own father. I really do. He brought me up to believe all the things that I do believe and they're just the values on which I've fought the election. And it's passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election." -- on becoming prime minister

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher waves as she arrives to take office, May 4, 1979 at No. 10 Downing Street in London with her husband Denis (2nd left).
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Oct. 10, 1980

"You turn if you want to; the lady's not for turning." -- Conservative Party Conference

May 14, 1982

"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." -- commenting on the Falkland Islands war.

July 3, 1982

"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." -- on the Falkland Islands war.

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher meets personnel aboard the HMS Antrim on January 8, 1983 during her five-day visit to the Falkland Islands.
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July 21, 1983

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

July 19, 1984

"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." -- during the coal miners' strike.

Dec. 17, 1984

"We can do business together." -- speaking of Mikhail Gorbachev.

Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev (R) delivers a farewell speech before leaving Great Britain at the end of a two-day official visit as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher looks on at London airport on April 7, 1989 .
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Jan. 6, 1986

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

Oct. 31, 1987

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

March 3, 1989

"We are a grandmother." -- announcing the birth of her first grandchild.

May 3, 1989

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

Sept. 9, 1990

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

Nov. 28, 1990

"We're leaving Downing Street for the last time," after her own party turned against her and forced her out of office.

June 11, 2004

"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 funeral of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher reaches out to touch the flag draped coffin of former President Ronald Reagan as he lies in state in the Rotunda of the US Capitol, June 9, 2004.
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