Quotes by Aneurin Bevan

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Aneurin Bevan, usually known as Nye Bevan (November 15, 1897July 6, 1960) was a Welsh Labour politician regarded as a hero of the left, primarily for his role in the formation of the National Health Service. more

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

The purpose of getting power is to be able to give it away.
We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over.
Freedom is the by-product of economic surplus.
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.
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 have never regarded politics as the arena of morals. It is the arena of interest.
The Prime Minister has an absolute genius for putting flamboyant labels on empty luggage.
You're not an M.P., you're a gastronomic pimp.
Reactionary: A man walking backwards with his face to the future.
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.
It is an axiom, enforced by all the experience of the ages, that they who rule industrially will rule politically.
Fascism is not in itself a new order of society. It is the future refusing to be born.
The worst thing I can say about democracy is that it has tolerated the Right Honorable Gentleman for four and a half years.
Poor fellow, he suffers from files.
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.

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