Beatrice Potter Webb


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Martha Beatrice Webb, Lady Passfield (née Potter; 22 January 1858 – 30 April 1943) was an English sociologist, economist, socialist and social reformer. Although her husband became Baron Passfield in 1929, she refused to be known as Lady Passfield. She coined the term collective bargaining.

Along with her husband Sidney Webb and numerous others, she co-founded the London School of ... more »

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  • ''Work is the best of narcotics, providing the patient be strong enough to take it.... I ... dread idleness as if it were Hell.''
    Beatrice Potter Webb (1858-1943), British author and socialist. As quoted in Beatrice Webb, ch. 10, by Carole Seymour-Jones (1992). Written in her...
  • ''Renunciation: that is the great fact we all, individuals and classes, have to learn. In trying to avoid it we bring misery to ourselves and others.''
    Beatrice Potter Webb (1858-1943), British author and socialist. As quoted in Beatrice Webb, ch. 10, by Carole Seymour-Jones (1992). Written in her...
  • ''At present I feel like a caged animal, bound up by the luxury, comfort and respectability of my position. I can't get the training that I want without neglecting my duty.''
    Beatrice Potter Webb (1858-1943), British author and socialist. As quoted in Beatrice Webb, ch. 6, by Carole Seymour-Jones (1992). From an 1883 di...
  • ''I shall have the veil withdrawn and be allowed to gaze unblinded on the narrow limits of my own possibilities.''
    Beatrice Potter Webb (1858-1943), British author and socialist. As quoted in Beatrice Webb, ch. 6, by Carole Seymour-Jones (1992). Written in her ...
  • ''Religion is love; in no case is it logic.''
    Beatrice Potter Webb (1858-1943), British socialist, author. My Apprenticeship, introduction (1926).
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