Let This Quote Remind You to Not GAF About Your Critics

Adrian S. Potter
3 min readFeb 10, 2024

Never forget — haters are going to hate, eternally.

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The Secondhand Inspiration Project begins with a motivational quote and ventures wherever the creative path meanders.

Margaret Thatcher was a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990, making her the first woman to hold that office.

Known as the “Iron Lady” for her uncompromising leadership style, Thatcher was a staunch advocate of free-market policies, deregulation, and privatization. She implemented economic reforms that became known as Thatcherism, aiming to revitalize the British economy. Thatcher’s tenure saw significant social and political changes, including the confrontation of trade unions, the Falklands War, and a close relationship with the United States.

While admired by many for her strong leadership and determination, Thatcher was also a divisive figure, criticized for policies that many felt exacerbated social inequalities. Her impact on British politics and society continues to be debated and studied extensively. Her quote –

“If my critics saw me walking on water, they would say it’s because I can’t swim.”

- is a clever and somewhat humorous way of expressing the notion that some people will always find fault or criticize, no matter what one does.

Never forget — haters are going to hate, eternally. So let’s break down Thatcher’s quote to examine its underlying philosophies.

1. Skepticism and Cynicism

The quote suggests no matter how extraordinary an accomplishment might be, there will always be critics who doubt or find a negative interpretation. In this case, even if someone were to walk on water, a feat traditionally seen as miraculous, the critics would still find and publicize a harmful spin on it.

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2. Stubbornness of Critics

We live in a sunny side down world. Naysayers stay so entrenched in their damaging…

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Adrian S. Potter

Antisocial Extrovert · Writer and Poet, Engineer, Consultant, Public Speaker · Writing about self-improvement, gratitude, and creativity · www.adrianspotter.com