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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 (1897-1960), British Labour politician. Speech, April 30, 1946, House of Commons.
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 (1897-1960), British Labour politician. Speech, May 24, 1945, Blackpool. Quoted in Daily Herald (London, May 25, 1945). Bevan's speech occurred on the day when Churchill announced the formation of a Conservative "caretaker" government in the wake of V.E. Day and the dissolution of the wartime coalition. The Conservatives were to be ejected from office two months later following a landslide victory for the Labour Party.
If you carry this resolution you will send Britain's Foreign Secretary naked into the conference chamber.Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960), British Labour politician. speech, Oct. 2, 1957, Brighton. quoted in Daily Herald (London, Oct. 4, 1957). Opposing a motion in favor of unilateral nuclear disarmament.
Freedom is the by-product of economic surplus.Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960), British Labour politician. Quoted in Michael Foot, Aneurin Bevan, vol. 1, ch. 3 (1962).
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It is not possible to create peace in the Middle East by jeopardizing the peace of the world.Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960), British Labour politician. speech, Nov. 4, 1956. At rally protesting Britain's armed intervention in the Suez dispute.
The worst thing I can say about democracy is that it has tolerated the Right Honourable Gentleman for four and a half years.Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960), British Labour politician. Speech, July 23, 1929, to House of Commons. Hansard, col. 1191. Referring to Neville Chamberlain, prime minister 1937-1940. Bevan did not hide his low opinion of Chamberlain. "He has the lucidity which is the by-product of a fundamentally sterile mind," he wrote. "He does not have to struggle ... with the crowded pulsations of a fecund imagination. On the contrary he is almost devoid of imagination." (Quoted in Michael Foot, Aneurin Bevan, vol. 1, ch. 8, 1962).
The Prime Minister has an absolute genius for putting flamboyant labels on empty luggage.Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960), British Labour politician. Queen's Speech debate, House of Commons, Nov. 3, 1959. Quoted in Aneurin Bevan, vol. 2, ch. 16, Michael Foot (1973). Referring to Harold Macmillan.
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I read the newspapers avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960), British Labour politician. Times (London, March 29, 1960).
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