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Quotations From ANEURIN BEVAN

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  • 11.
    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.

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  • 12.
    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.

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  • 13.
    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.
  • 14.
    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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  • 15.
    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.

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  • 16.
    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).
  • 17.
    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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  • 18.
    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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