Borneo Travel Advisor’s sad moment: Margaret Thatcher the iron lady passes

The iron Lady passes on

I never knew such a news would made me in tears. I woke up at 10:35 am awaken by my mom’s long distance call. A knock on my room door by a housekeeping asking if I need my room make up, I nodded and left the room for my breakfast (that I normally call that brunch) since I did fell a bit hungry and they could clean the room. I walked down for my favorite Foochow noodles that’s nearby Switz Paradise Hotel. It was an ordinary day for me still, I found my favorite spot, made my order and picked up a newspaper from yesterday before I sat down. I browsed it through, and suddenly a news had caught my eyes. Title? The Iron lady passes.

I have been very familiar with this ‘special noun’ ever since 2011. Why 2011? It is because, in year 2011, I added another favorite movie to my collection, i.e. The Iron Lady. From there, I started to learn about Margaret Thatcher. I read about her, and have been embracing her philosophy personally, my favorite quotes from her: 

  1. “If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.” 1965 speech
  2. “Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope.” May 4, 1979, after becoming PM
  3. “Pennies don’t fall from heaven — they have to be earned here on Earth.” November 1979 at a banquet
  4. “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.” October 1980, Conservative Party conference
  5. “My policies are based not on some economics theory, but on things I and millions like me were brought up with: an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay, live within your means, put by a nest egg for a rainy day, pay your bills on time, support the police.” September 1981 interview
  6. “Defeat? I do not recognize the meaning of the word.” April 1982, start of the Falklands War
  7. “I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.” April 4, 1989, in the Observer
  8. “If a Tory does not believe that private property is one of the main bulwarks of individual freedom, then he had better become a socialist and have done with it.” Daily Telegraph, 1975
  1. “Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them.” Speech, 1976
  2. “Pennies don’t fall from heaven; they have to be earned here on earth.” Speech, 1979
  3. “No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions; he had money as well.” Weekend World, 1980
  4. “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, 1984
  5. “My policies are based not on some economics theory, but on things I and millions like me were brought up with: an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay; live within your means; put by a nest egg for a rainy day; pay your bills on time; support the police.” The News of the World, Sept. 20, 1981
  6. “Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope.” Paraphrased quote of St. Francis of Assisi, after Thatcher won election in 1979
  7. “We are not asking for a penny piece of Community money for Britain. What we are asking is for a very large amount of our own money back, over and above what we contribute to the Community, which is covered by our receipts from the Community.” Press Conference, 1979
  8. “The choice facing the nation is between two totally different ways of life. And what a prize we have to fight for: no less than the chance to banish from our land the dark, divisive clouds of Marxist socialism and bring together men and women from all walks of life who share a belief in freedom.” Speech, 1983

And many more. But my favorite of all, the quote that had also helped to shape my life I have today is this one: “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.”  

And this the video of the above quote taken from the Movie by meryl streep http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMs3HrxGRgk. My condolence to her family whom I never knew in person. Rest in peace Margaret

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