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Aneurin Bevan Quotes


Aneurin Bevan, usually known as Nye Bevan, was a Welsh Labour politician regarded as a hero of the left, primarily for his role in the formation of the National Health Service.
(1897 - 1960)

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Fascism is not in itself a new order of society. It is the future refusing to be born.
 

Freedom is the by-product of economic surplus.
 

He has the lucidity which is the by-product of a fundamentally sterile mind. He does not have to struggle... with the crowded pulsations of a fecund imagination. On the contrary he is almost devoid of imagination.
 

He seems determined to make a trumpet sound like a tin whistle.
 

I am not going to spend any time whatsoever in attacking the Foreign Secretary. If we complain about the tune, there is no reason to attack the monkey when the organ grinder is present.
 

I have never regarded politics as the arena of morals. It is the arena of interests.
[Politics]
 

I know that the right kind of political leader for the Labour Party is a desiccated calculating machine.
 

I read the newspapers avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.
 

I would rather be kept alive in the efficient if cold altruism of a large hospital than expire in a gush of warm sympathy in a small one.
 

It is an axiom, enforced by all the experience of the ages, that they who rule industrially will rule politically.
 

It is not possible to create peace in the Middle East by jeopardizing the peace of the world.
 

No amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin.
 

No attempt at ethical or social seduction can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin.
[Attempt]
 

Now, the vicissitudes that afflict the individual have their source in society. It is this situation that has given currency to the phrase social forces. Personal relations have given way to impersonal ones. The Great Society has arrived and the task of our generation is to bring it under control. The study of how it is to be done is the function of politics.
 

Politics is a blood sport.
[Politics]
 

Poor fellow, he suffers from files.
 

Reactionary: a man walking backwards with his face to the future.
 

Reading is not a duty, and has consequently no business to be made disagreeable.
[Reading]
 

Stand not too near the rich man lest he destroy thee - and not too far away lest he forget thee.
 

The Prime Minister has an absolute genius for putting flamboyant labels on empty luggage.
 


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