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A collection of quotes and sayings by Gordon Brown on activity, moral, financial-crisis, generations, education, change, strength, willpower, criticism, and achievements.

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Gordon Brown is an eminent British politician, who served as the Leader of the Labour Party and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2010. He held the office of the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Blair Government. He had been the Member of Parliament initially for Dunfermline East and then for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath. After pursuing his education from the University of Edinburg, he worked as a television journalist and a lecturer at a education college in early days of his career. In 2014, Brown played a pivotal role in galvanizing support behind keeping the union during the ‘Scottish Independence referendum.' We bring to you a corpus of thought-provoking sayings and quotes by Gordon Brown. We have amassed the most popular quotes and thoughts by Gordon Brown.

Cowdenbeath Football Club have always been at the centre of Cowdenbeath - literally and in every aspect of community life.

- Gordon Brown

Foreign policy can no longer be the province of just a few elites.

- Gordon Brown

For centuries, individuals have been learning how to live with their next-door neighbours.

- Gordon Brown

It will not be a surprise to you to learn I'm more interested in the future of the Arctic Circle than the future of the Arctic Monkeys.

- Gordon Brown

I don't believe that any prime minister would send our troops into conflict without the assurance from the military that they had the equipment necessary for the operation.

- Gordon Brown

Those who write off our European heritage are, at least in part, writing off their own heritage.

- Gordon Brown

Almost certainly, my ancestors had travelled by sea from Sweden to England in search of prosperity, and the evidence suggests they left Sweden around the ninth or 10th centuries.

- Gordon Brown

I think it's important that people know who you are and... can ask any questions they like about you.

- Gordon Brown

Meet the challenges of the time.

- Gordon Brown

Making the desirable possible requires us to make the desirable popular, electable, credible, and something that people want to hold on to.

- Gordon Brown

Our ability to connect as a nation with other nations around the world is enhanced dramatically by the Internet.

- Gordon Brown

I'm all for greater co-operation between Europe and America because I think that sometimes we've missed out on the benefits that transatlantic trade could give both continents, and I've been pressing this since 1997.

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To make Europe more effective is a worthwhile objective. To make Europe less important in your calculations is a big mistake.

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Famously, I'm somewhat impatient.

- Gordon Brown

There's no point dwelling on the worst things people have said - there's a job to do.

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People believe in the power of education to change lives.

- Gordon Brown

You can drink too much tea.

- Gordon Brown

When people criticise you, you've got to listen to that criticism, and to learn from it, which I've tried to do.

- Gordon Brown

When things are difficult, you have to be sure of who you are and what you want to achieve.

- Gordon Brown

I've got a job to do.

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Every country is going to have to face up to globalisation, but Scotland has got a unique capacity because of its history as part of a multinational state to help us deal with that problem.

- Gordon Brown

A woman said to me, 'You're better than your successor.' She then said she's lived under 10 prime ministers, and each was worse than the last. That put me in my place.

- Gordon Brown

You can't just vote for yourself. All the time, you're thinking what sort of country, what world, what future?

- Gordon Brown

We've managed to find a way of making decisions that prevents conflict arising - there has been no war between European members at any point in the last 70 years.

- Gordon Brown

What is happened in the years since the Second World War is not a temporary truce. It is not simply a ceasefire. Instead of battling with weapons and armaments, people battle only with arguments and ideas.

- Gordon Brown

Let us think of ourselves not as 'yes' and 'no' Scots but simply as Scots, and let us be a nation, united again.

- Gordon Brown

I believe that our vote is both a public duty and a sacred trust.

- Gordon Brown

It is not a mistake to want power.

- Gordon Brown

Collective European Union action could mean no hiding places for evaders, no safe haven for tax avoiders, and no treasure islands for money launderers.

- Gordon Brown

The patriotism in Britain comes from us being a leader. On jobs, on tax havens, on workers' rights, on the environment. We can be leading Europe... and it will be to the benefit of every British citizen.

- Gordon Brown

Nigel Farage wanted to privatise the health service. Nigel Farage does not believe in the values we believe in for our public services.

- Gordon Brown

I think fathers, mothers, grandfathers, grandmothers - we should look at what young people are saying to us.

- Gordon Brown

I am a father with young kids, and you want to know the jobs in the future are going to be there.

- Gordon Brown

Britain must lead in Europe to intensify the fight against global terrorism and make our country safer.

- Gordon Brown

Why is playing football in Europe considered the pinnacle of our game, yet in other spheres of life, that same phrase - 'being in Europe' - is dismissed with suspicion?

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Our common realm is not and cannot be stripped of values - I absolutely reject the idea that religion should somehow be tolerated but not encouraged in public life.

- Gordon Brown

Markets need morals.

- Gordon Brown

When I lost the sight of my eye and faced the prospect of going blind, my sight was saved by the NHS.

- Gordon Brown

I love Scotland; I love the NHS. I was born into the NHS; I grew up in the NHS. My family grew up in the NHS.

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I never subscribed to what you might call the neo-Conservative position that somehow, at the barrel of a gun, overnight, liberty and democracy could be conjured up.

- Gordon Brown

The Britain I know is the Britain of Jo Cox. The Britain where people are tolerant and not prejudiced, and where people hate hate.

- Gordon Brown

The extraordinary summer heatwave of 2003 in Europe resulted in over 35,000 extra deaths.

- Gordon Brown

In every era, there are only one or two moments when nations come together and reach agreements that make history, because they change the course of history.

- Gordon Brown

The growing evidence of climate change is forcing attention on carbon emissions and their reduction.

- Gordon Brown

Higher energy prices are requiring industry and commerce to examine the costs and efficiency of energy use.

- Gordon Brown

Other prime ministers leave office and stay in London. I have come back with my whole family to Fife. This is where they are being brought up. It is better for them and better for me. It's great to see more of the kids.

- Gordon Brown

I want to do something for Kirkcaldy and Fife. I am a full-time MP, not a businessman.

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I am not going to the House of Lords. Never. That's not who I am. That's not where I am.

- Gordon Brown

The way forward is for governments to consciously pursue monetary and fiscal stability through setting clear objectives, establishing proper rules, and requiring openness and transparency - the new rules of the game.

- Gordon Brown

Stability is necessary for our future economic success.

- Gordon Brown

When you've got a society that is diverse, what happens is for a time, the issue is integrating your minorities into that society.

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In Britain, we are not a secular state as France is, or some other countries.

- Gordon Brown

I don't see politics as one or two people just making or delivering announcements - it's also about winning public support and the public enthusiasm. You've got to win public support.

- Gordon Brown

We are being tough in saying it is a duty on the unemployed in future not only to be available for work - and not to shirk work - but also to get the skills for work. That is a new duty we are introducing.

- Gordon Brown

There is nothing that you could say to me now that I could ever believe.

- Gordon Brown

Britain should be the world's number one center for genetic and stem cell research, building on our world leading regulatory regime in the area.

- Gordon Brown

America knows it has got to deal with its deficit problems so that it, too, can promise it is making its proper and best contributions to the world economy.

- Gordon Brown

Each year India and China produce four million graduates compared with just over 250,000 in Britain.

- Gordon Brown

Britain can be proud of its response to the tsunami appeal.

- Gordon Brown

I'm a father; that's what matters most. Nothing matters more.

- Gordon Brown

I once wrote a book on courage and what made people courageous. I found it was a strength of belief matched by a strength of willpower.

- Gordon Brown

We should demonstrate that in war, under Churchill and Lloyd George, and in peace, Britain always was, already is, and can continue to be a leader.

- Gordon Brown

The NHS cannot be privatised if that's not the will of the Scottish people, and the Scottish health service will have the funding that's necessary if that's also the will of the Scottish people.

- Gordon Brown

You have to live in the future, not the past.

- Gordon Brown

We spend more on cows than the poor.

- Gordon Brown

If people are persuaded of the need for education and the need to invest in education, they're also persuaded of the need not to waste that investment by having low-quality education but to have high-quality education.

- Gordon Brown

You cannot have Rwanda again because information would come out far more quickly about what is actually going on, and the public opinion would grow to the point where action would need to be taken.

- Gordon Brown

I find it quite unusual for people to criticise me for doing what I consider to be my duty.

- Gordon Brown

We cannot compromise with the earth; we cannot compromise with the catastrophe of unchecked climate change, so we must compromise with one another.

- Gordon Brown

Globalisation feels like a runaway train, out of control.

- Gordon Brown

Our equality bill is specifically designed to protect religion and belief on exactly the same terms as race or gender or sexuality.

- Gordon Brown

In 2005 we have a once in a generation opportunity to deliver a modern Marshall plan for the developing world.

- Gordon Brown

It is thanks to men and women who were totally committed to fighting fascism, people like Alan Turing, that the horrors of the Holocaust and of total war are part of Europe's history and not Europe's present.

- Gordon Brown

Climate change is a consequence of the build up of greenhouse gases over the past 200 years in the atmosphere, and virtually all these emissions came from the rich countries.

- Gordon Brown

When something really matters, you should never give up or give in.

- Gordon Brown

I hate prejudice, discrimination, and snobbishness of any kind - it always reflects on the person judging and not the person being judged. Everyone should be treated equally.

- Gordon Brown

While you cannot deliver policies without principles, you cannot deliver principles without having power. You have quickly to move to a stage where, emphasising your principles, you build a programme, then call for popular support.

- Gordon Brown

To my astonishment, everything that I had assumed was now questioned by the findings. What started off as a search for identity that appeared to be purely Scottish in origin ended up as a discovery of my migrant roots - indeed an understanding that almost all of our families, at some stage, have been migrants - and my European roots.

- Gordon Brown

If you look at the question of expenditure in Iraq, you have got to start from the one fundamental truth: that every request that the military commanders made to us for equipment was answered. No request was ever turned down.

- Gordon Brown

People have now got the ability to speak to each other across continents: to join with each other in communities that are not based simply on territory, streets, but networks; and you've got the possibility of people building alliances right across the world.

- Gordon Brown

While Turing was dealt with under the law of the time, and we can't put the clock back, his treatment was of course utterly unfair, and I am pleased to have the chance to say how deeply sorry I and we all are for what happened to him.

- Gordon Brown

I had to deal with terrorist finance. And we had to, if you like, ensure that the accounts of people who were guilty of terrorist finance or using their accounts for terrorist finance were closed down. So we had to do asset freezing.

- Gordon Brown

Turing was a quite brilliant mathematician, most famous for his work on breaking the German Enigma codes. It is no exaggeration to say that, without his outstanding contribution, the history of the Second World War could have been very different.

- Gordon Brown

You need in the long run for stability, for economic growth, for jobs, as well as for financial stability, global economic institutions that make sure that growth to be sustained has to be shared, and are built on the principle that the prosperity of this world is indivisible.

- Gordon Brown

Take, therefore, what modern technology is capable of: the power of our moral sense allied to the power of communications and our ability to organize internationally. That, in my view, gives us the first opportunity as a community to fundamentally change the world.

- Gordon Brown

The motto of the old order in the City of London was, 'My word is my bond,' but the financial crisis revealed a culture quite alien to that heritage. The stewards of people's money were revealed to have been speculators with it.

- Gordon Brown

If our economies are to flourish, if global poverty is to be banished, and if the wellbeing of the world's people enhanced - not just in this generation but in succeeding generations - we must make sure we take care of the natural environment and resources on which our economic activity depends.

- Gordon Brown

In a global marketplace with its increased insecurities and - indeed often - volatility and instability, national economic stability is at a premium, the precondition for all we can achieve, and no nation can secure the high levels of sustainable investment it needs without both monetary and fiscal stability together.

- Gordon Brown

I welcome the role that people of faith play in building Britain's future - and the Catholic communion in particular is to be congratulated for so often being the conscience of our country, for helping 'the least of these' even when bearing witness to the truth is hard or unpopular.

- Gordon Brown

The best way of realising our high ideals is to show that we have an alternative in government that is credible, that is radical, and is electable - is neither a pale imitation of what the Tories offer nor is it the route to being a party of permanent protest rather than a party of government.

- Gordon Brown

I believe there is a moral sense and a global ethic that commands attention from people of every religion and every faith, and people of no faith. But I think what's new is that we now have the capacity to communicate instantaneously across frontiers right across the world.

- Gordon Brown

So another challenge for our generation is to create global institutions that reflect our ideas of fairness and responsibility, not the ideas that were the basis of the last stage of financial development over these recent years.

- Gordon Brown

We must then build a proper relationship between the richest and the poorest countries based on our desire that they are able to fend for themselves with the investment that is necessary in their agriculture, so that Africa is not a net importer of food, but an exporter of food.

- Gordon Brown

I'm a great supporter of the European Union. I didn't support entry to the Euro, not because I'm against it in principle but because I didn't think it was economically right for Britain. But that doesn't make me any less pro-European.

- Gordon Brown

The British economy of the future must be built not on the shifting sands of boom and bust, but on the bedrock of prudent and wise economic management for the long term. It is only these firm foundations that we can raise Britain's underlying economic performance.

- Gordon Brown

Do you think that I or anybody else who cares about the NHS would stand by and do nothing if we thought the NHS was going to be privatised in Scotland and its funds were going to be cut? Would we stand back and do nothing without a fight? Of course not.

- Gordon Brown

Christians do not say that people should be reduced merely to what they can produce or what they can buy - that we should let the weak go under and only the strong survive. No, we say, 'Do to others what you would have them do unto you.'

- Gordon Brown

Getting married has certainly made a massive difference to my own life. So I am committed to giving support for family finances and having the right policies for work-life balance that make it easier for couples to have a rich family life.

- Gordon Brown

We must understand that the British public's relationship with Europe is - and always has been, the sporting arena aside - about the benefits we can achieve in jobs, security, and quality of life from membership and how these benefits outweigh any disadvantages.

- Gordon Brown

I have to say that if our global alliances are going to be alliances with Hezbollah and Hamas and Hugo Chavez's Venezuela and Vladimir Putin's Russia, there is absolutely no chance of building a world-wide alliance that can deal with poverty and inequality and climate change and financial instability, and we've got to face up to that fact.

- Gordon Brown