We have lost a great president, a great American, and a great man, and I have lost a dear friend.--I am a huge fan of Margaret Thatcher. I have her two thick books, The Path to Power and The Downing Street Years that she wrote about her life. I look forward to reading them.
In his lifetime, Ronald Reagan was such a cheerful and invigorating presence that it was easy to forget what daunting historic tasks he set himself. He sought to mend America’s wounded spirit, to restore the strength of the free world, and to free the slaves of communism. These were causes hard to accomplish and heavy with risk, yet they were pursued with almost a lightness of spirit, for Ronald Reagan also embodied another great cause, what Arnold Bennett once called "the great cause of cheering us all up". His policies had a freshness and optimism that won converts from every class and every nation, and ultimately, from the very heart of the "evil empire."
Yet his humour often had a purpose beyond humour. In the terrible hours after the attempt on his life, his easy jokes gave reassurance to an anxious world. They were evidence that in the aftermath of terror and in the midst of hysteria one great heart at least remained sane and jocular. They were truly grace under pressure. And perhaps they signified grace of a deeper kind. Ronnie himself certainly believed that he had been given back his life for a purpose. As he told a priest after his recovery, "Whatever time I’ve got left now belongs to the big fella upstairs." And surely, it is hard to deny that Ronald Reagan’s life was providential when we look at what he achieved in the eight years that followed.--An excerpt of Margaret Thatcher's eulogy at President Reagan's funeral
--I have already done a profile on her and I also did a previous post on her quotes, but this woman is a treasure trove of wisdom. So, I thought it fitting to do a part two.
Watch your thoughts, for they become words.Margaret Thatcher talking to her husband:
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become your character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
What we think, we become.
My father always said that. And I think I am fine.
I will never be one of those women who stays silent and pretty on the arm of her husband. Or remote and alone in the kitchen, doing the washing-up for that matter. One's life must matter. Beyond all the cooking and the cleaning and the children, one's life must mean more than that.Her husband responded:
Thats why I want to marry you, my dear.Some more short quotes:
Someone must say the un-sayable.
Never be anything other than yourself.
No British soldier will die in vain for the Falklands.
If you take the tough decisions, people will hate you today, but they will love you in generations.