By puberty I learned that nothing worth having could be easily attained and to succeed one must be single minded.— Russell Brand
The most jaw-dropping Russell Brand quotes that are little-known but priceless
As long as we prioritize material truths over spiritual truths we will live in tyranny because we are living an illusion
You must not feel persecuted and examined.
Liberate yourself from the idea that people are watching you.
I get fixated when I'm bleeding -- I can see why they went in for blood-letting in the medieval times because it makes you feel a bit better. When I cut myself, the drama of it calms me down.
I regret that I didn’t realize that actually they’ve got no power over you at school — it’s all just a trick to indoctrinate you into being a conditioned, tame, placid citizen. Rebel, children, I urge you, fight the turgid slick of conformity with which they seek to smother your glory.
The revolution that's required isn't a revolution of radical ideas, but the implementation of ideas we already have.
If people have some sort of yearning, dissatisfaction or some itching irritability, then it might because they aren't looking in the right direction for a solution. They aren't looking within.
It would have been convenient to be gay.
Just because of the grooming, the narcissism, stuff like that. But I have this kind of roaring heterosexuality. Traditional, uncomplicated heterosexuality, an almost cliched Robin Askwith thing.
I thought I was promiscuous, but it turns out I was just thorough.
I keep hearing in my head "you are the Messiah, you are the Messiah.
" I think there's something wrong with my headphones.
I missed him, of course, but sometimes close friendships have a tidal beat that pulls you towards different shores though the ocean that connects you remains.
The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help they have no hope.
Be led by your talent, not by your self-loathing; those other things you just have to manage.
I'm not better than you; I'm just different than you in a way that's better.
How we treat the vulnerable is how we define ourselves as a species.
It's difficult to believe in yourself because the idea of self is an artificial construction. You are, in fact, part of the glorious oneness of the universe. Everything beautiful in the world is within you.
We all need something to help us unwind at the end of the day.
You might have a glass of wine, or a joint, or a big delicious blob of heroin to silence your silly brainbox of its witterings but there has to be some form of punctuation, or life just seems utterly relentless.
Im happy to be a part of the conversation, if more young people are talking about fracking instead of twerking were heading in the right direction. The people that govern us dont want an active population who are politically engaged, they want passive consumers distracted by the spectacle of which I accept I am a part.
I don't see why someone should lose their life just so you can have a snack.
Life’s never a postcard of life, is it? It never feels like how you’d want it to look.
The right to free speech is important but it isn't as important as 'we're all human beings together, let's find solutions together.'
What I might do is watch Mrs Doubtfire.
Or Dead Poets Society or Good Will Hunting and I might be nice to people, mindful today how fragile we all are, how delicate we are, even when fizzing with divine madness that seems like it will never expire.
Even as a junkie I stayed true [to vegetarianism] - 'I shall have heroin, but I shan't have a hamburger.' What a sexy little paradox.
When I was poor and I complained about inequality they said I was bitter.
Now I'm rich and I complain about inequality they say I'm a hypocrite. I'm starting to think they just don't want to talk about inequality.
To this day, I feel a fierce warmth for women that have the same disregard for the social conventions of sexual protocol as I do. I love it when I meet a woman and her sexuality is dancing across her face, so it's apparent that all we need to do is nod and find a cupboard.
Rebel children, I urge you, fight the turgid slick of conformity with which they seek to smother your glory.
I couldn't possibly have sex with someone with such a slender grasp on grammar!
If you have no brothers and sisters it defines you for life;
even when you're thirty you refer to yourself as an only child.
I've been wanting to tell people my theory about what goes on after time.
It's beyond our consciousness. We get glimpses of it between the infrared and the ultraviolet - the narrow narrow corridor of light that we are able to perceive.
I think many of the boundaries that convention has placed upon us are arbitrary, so we can fiddle with them if we fancy. Gravity's hard to dispute, and breathing, but a lot of things we instinctively obey are a lot of old tosh.
When it comes to your career, you must always try and allow the positive aspects of your character to dictate what happens to you. Be led by your talent, not by your self-loathing; those other things you just have to manage.
Apathy is a rational reaction to a system that no longer represents, hears or addresses the vast majority of people.
What was so painful about Amy’s death is that I know that there is something I could have done. I could have passed on to her the solution that was freely given to me. Don’t pick up a drink or drug, one day at a time. It sounds so simple; it actually is simple but it isn’t easy; it requires incredible support and fastidious structuring.
It's highly psychological, and very beautiful, and overwhelming, and real, and trippy!
All penguins are the same below the surface, which I think is as perfect an analogy as we're likely to get for the futility of racism.
Socialism isn't a dirty word; it just means sharing. Really, it's just the bureaucratic arm of Christianity.
I enjoyed having a reputation as being wild, but these days I try not to worry about what people think in the privacy of their own brain or what they write in the bizarre publicity of their own newspapers, because all of those things are meaningless.
I'm buying things for people I don't even know.
I'm like Willy Wonka, but more manipulative. Imagine if Willy Wonka had a devious goal.
In England, we have such good manners that if someone says something impolite, the police will get involved.
I don't get my authority from this preexisting paradigm which is quite narrow and only serves a few people. I look elsewhere for alternatives that might be of service to humanity.
It is difficult to feel sympathy for these people.
It is difficult to regard some bawdy drunk and see them as sick and powerless. It is difficult to suffer the selfishness of a drug addict who will lie to you and steal from you and forgive them and offer them help. Can there be any other disease that renders its victims so unappealing?
Question all information when you receive it.
You might not even trust me Look at me, I've got a blanket over me head.
Addiction is a serious desease; it will end with jail, mental institutions or death.
Love is the one thing we're capable of perceiving that transcends time and space.
I have never voted. Like most people I am utterly disenchanted by politics. Like most people I regard politicians as frauds and liars and the current political system as nothing more than a bureaucratic means for furthering the augmentation and advantages of economic elites.
I used to binge-eat and make myself throw up.
I was a fat kid. Obviously I didn't quite master the bulimia.
Total revolution of consciousness and our entire social, political and economic system is what interests me, but that's not on the ballot.
People have always said, are you gay? I've had a lot of that.
But it's just not in me. I really like women a lot; I'm repulsed by men sexually.
There was [really] little difference between someone acting throwing french fries in your face and someone throwing french fries in your face.
I really love to be with people. It's nice, that. To have achieved sudden intimacy with strangers is perhaps the most human thing you can do. We all love our friends and families, as much as we hate them. When you can achieve intimacy with strangers, it's very exciting and heartening.