48 Total Quotes

Aneurin Bevan Quotes

Freedom is the by-product of economic surplus.
Aneurin Bevan
#Welsh Politician

Fascism is not in itself a new order of society. It is the future refusing to be born.
Aneurin Bevan
#Fascism #Welsh Politician

Reading is not a duty, and has consequently no business to be made disagreeable.
Aneurin Bevan
#Business #Welsh Politician

Reactionary: A man walking backwards with his face to the future.
Aneurin Bevan
#Future #Welsh Politician

The Prime Minister has an absolute genius for putting flamboyant labels on empty luggage.
Aneurin Bevan
#Genius #Welsh Politician

The worst thing I can say about democracy is that it has tolerated the Right Honorable Gentleman for four and a half years.
Aneurin Bevan
#Democracy

This island is almost made of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish in Great Britain at the same time.
Aneurin Bevan
#Genius #Welsh Politician

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
#Hatred

It is an axiom, enforced by all the experience of the ages, that they who rule industrially will rule politically.
Aneurin Bevan
#Experience #Welsh Politician

He has the lucidity which is the by-product of a fundamentally sterile mind. He does not have to struggle... with the crowded pulsations of a fecund imagination. On the contrary he is almost devoid of imagination.
Aneurin Bevan
#Mind

He brings to the fierce struggle of politics the tepid enthusiasm of a lazy summer afternoon at a cricket match
Aneurin Bevan
#Cricket

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
#Welsh Politician #Altruism

I am not going to spend any time whatsoever in attacking the Foreign Secretary. If we complain about the tune, there is no reason to attack the monkey when the organ grinder is present.
Aneurin Bevan
#Insults

If you carry this resolution and follow out all its implications and do not run away from it, you will send a Foreign Secretary, whoever he was, naked into the conference chamber.
Aneurin Bevan
#Resolution

Politics is a blood sport.
Aneurin Bevan
#Welsh Politician #Blood

I know that the right kind of political leader for the Labour Party is a desiccated calculating machine.
Aneurin Bevan
#Welsh Politician

Poor fellow, he suffers from files.
Aneurin Bevan
#Welsh Politician

He seems determined to make a trumpet sound like a tin whistle.
Aneurin Bevan
#Welsh Politician #Determined

Virtue is its own punishment
Aneurin Bevan
#Punishment

The Tories, every election, must have a bogy man. If you haven't got a programme, a bogy man will do.
Aneurin Bevan
#Welsh Politician #Man