Theresa May

Theresa May quotes

Quotes by and about Theresa May

(Continued from her main entry on the site.)

May: "It's always easy to say something in order to be liked. ... It's harder to say or do something that may not be liked, but do it because you think it's right. ... I always ... try to do what I believe to be the right thing to do, whatever the circumstances and whatever the issue."

[Interviewer: "What is the most important lesson life has taught you?"]
May: "Always be true to yourself and be yourself."

May: "I'm ... somebody who thinks that when you're looking at politicians what you should be doing is looking at what we do and how we deliver. ... I recognize that there are things people are going to want to know about me - that people will want to look more at [my] private life. But ... I think it's important that politicians are actually judged by what they do and how they deliver for people."

May: "Margaret Thatcher was a unique politician who did an amazing job [as] Prime Minister."

[Personal advisor:] "She respects competence. She respects when people are willing to work hard - not just talking the talk, but walking the walk. ... She's got exacting standards [and] ... unless you have those standards ... you [will] find it hard working for her."

Tina Brown: "People see [her] as a very tough and formidable woman."

Yvette Cooper: "Her style ... is steady and serious. She is authoritative ... attacks on her bounce off."

BBC News: "[She has been] said to [have] a microscopic attention to detail and no little willingness to enter into battles with fellow ministers when she thought it necessary."

Ken Clarke: "[She is a] bloody difficult woman ... a bit like Mrs. Thatcher."

Nick Clegg: "She's a bit of an Ice Maiden and has no small talk whatsoever - none. I have quite difficult meetings with her. David Cameron once said, 'She's exactly like that with me too!'"

Nick Clegg: "She is ... very rigid, but you can be tough with her and she'll go away and think it all through again."

The Guardian: "[She is] a calm headmistress in a chamber full of over-excitable public schoolboys."

Simon Danczuk: "She comes across as quite cold, whereas David Cameron - for all his faults, you'd go for a drink with him."

Kate Bush: "I ... really like her and think she's wonderful. ... She's very sensible and I think that's a good thing at this point in time."