No society can legitimately call itself civilized if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means.

— Aneurin Bevan

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The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with faith to fight for it

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How can wealth persuade poverty to use its political freedom to keep wealth in power? Here lies the whole art of Conservative politics in the twentieth century.

270

No amount of cajolery, and no attempts 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.

229

The purpose of getting power is to be able to give it away.

104

We could manage to survive without money changers and stockbrokers.

We should find it harder to do without miners, steel workers and those who cultivate the land.

92

Damn it all you can't have the crown of thorns and the thirty pieces of silver.

80

The Tories always hold the view that the state is an apparatus for the protection of the swag of the property owners ... Christ drove the money changers out of the temple, but you inscribe their title deed on the altar cloth.

48

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.

45

There is only one hope for mankind - and that is democratic Socialism.

37

Freedom is the by-product of economic surplus.

33

Fascism is not in itself a new order of society. It is the future refusing to be born.

33

You don't have to gaze into a crystal ball when you can read an open book.

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About Aneurin Bevan

Quotes 54 sayings
Nationality Welsh
Profession Politician
Birthday October 16

I have never regarded politics as the arena of morals. It is the arena of interest.

22

The Prime Minister wins debate after debate and loses battle after battle.

The country is beginning to say that he fights debates like a war and the war like a debate.

17

Why should I question the monkey when I can question the organ grinder.

13

I welcome this opportunity of pricking the bloated bladder of lies with the poniard of truth

11

He brings to the fierce struggle of politics the tepid enthusiasm of a lazy summer afternoon at a cricket match.

11

In Germany democracy died by the headman's axe. In Britain it can be by pernicious anaemia.

11

Listening to a speech by [Neville] Chamberlain is like paying a visit to Woolworth's, everything in its place and nothing above sixpence.

8

You call that statesmanship. I call it an emotional spasm.

7

Trade unions are islands of anarchy in a sea of chaos.

6

Poor fellow, he suffers from files.

5

He has the lucidity which is the by-product of a fundamentally sterile mind.

5

The Prime Minister has an absolute genius for putting flamboyant labels on empty luggage.

4

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.

4

We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over.

4

He seems determined to make a trumpet sound like a tin whistle.

4

Politics is a blood sport.

4

Reactionary: A man walking backwards with his face to the future.

3

You're not an M.P., you're a gastronomic pimp.

3

There can be no immaculate conception of socialism.

2

I read the newspaper avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.

1

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.

1

Not even the apparently enlightened principle of the 'greatest good for the greatest number' can excuse indifference to individual suffering. There is no test for progress other than its impact on the individual.

0

The hero's need of the people outlasts their need of him.

0

A Society in which the people's wants do not exceed their possessions is not a Socialist society.

0

Discontent arises from a knowledge of the possible, as contrasted with the actual.

0

Advertising is 'an evil service'.

0

There are two ways of getting into the Cabinet - you can crawl in or kick your way in.

0

He [Winston Churchill] is a man suffering from petrified adolescence.

0

The language of priorities is the religion of socialism.

0

Virtue is its own punishment.

0

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.

0

The Tories, every election, must have a bogy man.

If you haven't got a programme, a bogy man will do.

0

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.

0

[Winston Churchill] never spares himself in conversation.

He gives himself so generously that hardly anyone else is permitted to give anything in his presence.

0

Now, the vicissitudes that afflict the individual have their source in society.

It is this situation that has given currency to the phrase social forces. Personal relations have given way to impersonal ones. The Great Society has arrived and the task of our generation is to bring it under control. The study of how it is to be done is the function of politics.

0

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

0

What should be the glory of the profession is that a doctor should be able to meet his patients with no financial anxiety.

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