I came to office with one deliberate intent: to change Britain from a dependent to a self-reliant society — from a give-it-to-me, to a do-it-yourself nation. A get-up-and-go, instead of a sit-back-and-wait-for-it Britain.

Speech to Small Business Bureau Conference (8 February, 1984)

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Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them.

TV interview for Thames TV This Week on Feb. 5, 1976

It is a great night. It is the end of Socialism.

On hearing the results of the 1992 general election (9 April, 1992)

For my part, I favour an approach to statecraft that embraces principles, as long as it is not stifled by them; and I prefer such principles to be accompanied by steel along with good intentions.

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What government has to do is to set the framework for human talent to flourish.

Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World (2002)

I fight on, I fight to win.

Remarks to journalists in Downing Street (21 November 1990)