Aneurin Bevan Quotes

 

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

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.

— Aneurin Bevan

The purpose of getting power is to be able to give it away.

— Aneurin Bevan

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

— Aneurin Bevan

This is my truth, tell me yours.

— Aneurin Bevan

We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run down.

— Aneurin Bevan

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.

— Aneurin Bevan

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

— Aneurin Bevan

The Tories, every election, must have a bogy man. If you haven’t got a programme, a bogy man will do.

— Aneurin Bevan

Poor fellow, he suffers from files.

— Aneurin Bevan

Freedom is the by-product of economic surplus.

— Aneurin Bevan

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.

— Aneurin Bevan

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

— Aneurin Bevan

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

— Aneurin Bevan

This island is made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time.

— Aneurin Bevan

Politics is a blood sport.

— Aneurin Bevan

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

— Aneurin Bevan

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

— Aneurin Bevan

I have never regarded politics as the arena of morals. It is the arena of interest.

— Aneurin Bevan

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

— Aneurin Bevan

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

— Aneurin Bevan

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

— Aneurin Bevan

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

— Aneurin Bevan

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