Aneurin Bevan


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  • ''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.
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  • ''It is an axiom, enforced by all the experience of the ages, that they who rule industrially will rule politically.''
    Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960), British Labour politician. Quoted in Michael Foot, Aneurin Bevan, vol. 1, ch. 2 (1962).
  • ''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).
  • ''His ear is so sensitively attuned to the bugle note of history that he is often deaf to the more raucous clamour of contemporary life.''
    Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960), British Labour politician. Quoted in Michael Foot, Aneurin Bevan, vol. 1, ch. 10 (1962).
  • ''Poor fellow, he suffers from files.''
    Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960), British Labour politician. Quoted in Michael Foot, Aneurin Bevan, vol. 1, ch. 5 (1962). referring to the administrator and trade unionist Sir Walter Citrine. Citrine, Foot claimed, had a "card-index mind."
  • ''Fascism is not in itself a new order of society. It is the future refusing to be born.''
    Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960), British Labour politician. Quoted in Michael Foot, Aneurin Bevan, vol. 1, ch. 10 (1962).
  • ''We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over.''
    Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960), British Labour politician. quoted in Observer (London, Dec. 6, 1953).
  • ''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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