Aneurin Bevan

Aneurin Bevan

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Author Profession: Welsh politician
Born: November 15, 1897
Died: July 06, 1960
Birth Sign: Scorpio

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

This is my truth, tell me yours.

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

The Tories, every election, must have a bogy man. If you haven't got a programme, a bogy man will do.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

Stand not too near the rich man lest he destroy thee - and not too far away lest he forget thee.

Poor fellow, he suffers from files.

Freedom is the by-product of economic surplus.

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

Politics is a blood sport.

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

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.

I know that the right kind of political leader for the Labour Party is a desiccated calculating machine.

Reading is not a duty, and has consequently no business to be made disagreeable.

If your mind is at work, we're in danger of reproducing another cliche. If we can keep our minds out of it and our thoughts out of it, maybe we'll come up with something original. Peter Falk

My definition of a friend is somebody who adores you even though they know the things you're most ashamed of. Jodie Foster

I just thank God that I didn't grow up with so much money or privilege because you had to create ways to make it happen. Kim Basinger

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