Margaret Thatcher has Died aged 87 (Reuters)
Margaret Thatcher has died aged 87 (Reuters)

Key comments from the Britain's much loved and much loathed prime minister who defined an era:

"To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only one thing to say: You turn if you want to. The lady's not for turning" - Conservative Party Conference, Oct. 10, 1980.

"I don't think there will be a woman prime minister in my lifetime." - As education secretary in 1973

"We had to fight the enemy without in the Falklands. We always have to be aware of the enemy within, which is much more difficult to fight and more dangerous to liberty." - On the 1984-85 miners' strike.

"I don't mind how much my ministers talk, as long as they do what I say." - 1980.

"If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman." - Speech, 1965.

"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 defence of values of freedoms fundamental to our way of life." - 31 January 1976

"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." - 14 May 1982, commenting on the Falklands War.

"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." - 3 July, 1982, on the Falkland War.

"I was asked whether I was trying to restore Victorian values. I said straight out I was. And I am." - 21 July, 1983, speech to Britain's Jewish community.

"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." - July 19, 1984, during the coalminers' strike.

"No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions. He had money as well." - 6 Jan, 1986, television interview.

"If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time and you would achieve nothing." - May 3, 1989, commenting on her 10th anniversary as prime minister.

"I am not immortal, but I've got a lot left in me yet." - Sept. 9, 1990.

"Home is where you come to when you've got nothing better to do." May 1991, six months after leaving 10 Downing Street.