The Iron Lady’ movie quotes contain some of the best lines from the 2012 biopic film about former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Meryl Streep plays the faulty and fierce Thatcher – a woman disliked for her policies. Thatcher was uncompromising, and certainly not always admired with most, but she never wavered. These lists includes fantastic dialogue in ‘The Iron Lady’ movie.
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.
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
Margaret Thatcher: “With all due respect, sir, I have done battle every single day of my life and many men have underestimated me before. This lot seem bound to do the same, but they will rue the day.”
Thatcher’s advisors are trying to tell her that she knows nothing about battle. She does. As a woman trying to make history in British politics, Thatcher knows a lot about trying to battle those who tell her she can’t succeed.
Gordon Reece: “That hat has got to go – and the pearls. But the main thing is your voice. It’s too high ad 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)..