The Iron Lady Movie Quotes

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'The Iron Lady' movie quotes include some of the best lines from the 2012 biopic film about former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Meryl Streep plays the flawed and fierce Thatcher - a woman detested for her policies. Thatcher was uncompromising, and definitely not always popular with most, but she never wavered. This list includes fantastic dialogue in 'The Iron Lady' movie, but if you see an important quote that isn't listed, add it! Also, be sure to vote for your most (or least) favorite quotes.

Love her or hate her, there's no denying that Margaret Thatcher, aka 'The Iron Lady,' had an incredible impact on British politics. In the film, Jim Broadbent plays Thatcher's husband, Denis Thatcher. Meryl Streep's performance as Margaret Thatcher in 'The Iron Lady' has earned her major awards buzz. She was nominated for, and won, a Best Actress Golden Globe Award in 2012 and she earned an Academy Award Best Actress nomination for the role. In addition, Streep was also nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.

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    Watch Your Character

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    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."


    Words to live by, to be sure. Thatcher's thoughts, words and actions inspired some, and enraged others. 'The Iron Lady' attempts to tell the story of her life, from more than just a political standpoint, as she rises to become one of the most influential women in history. The film also chronicles Thatcher's elderly decline, as she struggles with dementia and aging.
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    Principle


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


    The U.S. Secretary of State arrives to discuss the Falklands with Margaret Thatcher, wondering why she'd propose war for the islands that are miles away. Thatcher points out that it's "just like Hawaii in 1941," explaining that the U.S. didn't turn it's back on Hawaii even though the islands are thousands of miles from the mainland.
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    Withhold the Medicine

    Withhold the Medicine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Iron Lady Movie Quotes
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    Margaret Thatcher: "Gentlemen, if we don’t cut spending we will be bankrupt. Yes, the medicine is harsh, but the patient requires it in order to live. Should we withhold the medicine? No. We are not wrong. We did not seek election and win in order to manage the decline of a great nation."


    Here, Margaret Thatcher is showing, yet again, her staunch, uncompromising attitude: She's proposing extremely unpopular government spending cuts, and though she knows she'll face a huge backlash, she's unwilling to bend.
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    Great in Great Britain

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    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 was certainly polarizing and controversial, but she was also very charismatic. Here, she's using her charisma to motivate those around her.
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    The Tone

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    Gordon Reece: "That hat has got to go - and the pearls. But the main thing is your voice. It's too high and it has no authority."
    Margaret Thatcher: "I may be persueded to surrender the hat. The pearls, however, are absolutely non-negotiable. That's the tone that we want to strike."


    Gordon Reece and others around Margaret are trying to, as he says, "make her look and sound" like the leader she could be. Image is everything in politics, and in Thatcher's case, she really didn't have a 'mold' to follow, being a female. She did, however, show a steely resolve to make herself heard (with the pearls on).
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    One's Life Must Matter

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    Margaret: "I will never be one of those women who stay silent on the arm of her husband. One's life must matter, Dennis."
    Denis Thatcher: "That's why I want to marry you, my dear."


    Denis Thatcher married chemist Margaret Roberts when she was already involved in politics: Margaret was a parlimentary candidate. She was ambitious and uncompromising, even then, qualities that attracted him - and, eventually, made their family life very difficult.
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    Unsayable

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    Margaret Thatcher: "Someone must say the unsayable."


    The film portrays Margaret Thatcher the politician, but also Thatcher the person - especially later in her life. It's quite clear that Thatcher sees herself as the person who is able to make tough decisions - right or wrong.
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    The Falkland Islands

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    Margaret Thatcher: "The Falkland Islands belong to Britain and I want them back!"


    Thatcher's decision to send British ships (and a trio of nuclear submarines) to the Falkland Islands came after Argentina invaded the Islands in April of 1982. Thatcher was steadfast, and the result was a 74-day war known as the "Falklands War." Eventual success buoyed Thatcher's popularity and increased support for her Conservative party.
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