Why should I know Russell Brand?

Russell Edward Brand is an English comedian, actor, radio host, author, and activist. Brand is known for his distinctive clothing style and choice in women. Brand used to be a stand-up-comedian and is known for his eccentricity and spirituality. He wrote an autobiographical book called 'My Booky Wook' which is definitely worth your time.

Books by Russell Brand

Quotes by Russell Brand

“A pain in the leg means ‘don’t put pressure on this leg’; a pain in the mind means ‘change the way you live’.”

Russell Brand Recovery

“A personality for the incredibly beautiful can be a pointless cargo...”

Russell Brand My Booky Wook

“A small minority cannot control an uncooperative majority, so they must be distracted, divided, tyrannized, or anesthetized into compliance.”

Russell Brand Revolution

“A theist is a person who has seen through the material and mechanical world and doesn’t commit suicide”

Russell Brand Recovery

“Addiction is when natural biological imperatives, like the need for food, sex, relaxation or status, become prioritised to the point of destructiveness. It is exacerbated by a culture that understandably exploits this mechanic as it's a damn good way to sell Mars bars and Toyotas.”

Russell Brand Recovery

“Amy Winehouse increasingly became defined by her addiction. Our media though is more interested in tragedy than talent, so the ink began to defect from praising her gift to chronicling her downfall. The destructive personal relationships, the blood soaked ballet slippers, the aborted shows, that YouTube madness with the baby mice. In the public perception this ephemeral tittle-tattle replaced her timeless talent. This and her manner in our occasional meetings brought home to me the severity of her condition. Addiction is a serious disease; it will end with jail, mental institutions, or death.”

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“Animals, children, and the working class comprise the company in which I'll feel most at ease.”

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“Be led by your talent, not by your self-loathing; those other things you just have to manage.”

Russell Brand My Booky Wook

“Being famous is like a little bit of you is taken away and goes off and lives on its own and does what it wants... I wish it would do more interesting things!”

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“Beyond the limited realm of the senses, the shallow pool of the known, is a great untamable ocean, and we don’t have a fucking clue what goes on in there.”

Russell Brand Revolution

“Boggle with sex addicts is up there with go-kart racing with junkies.”

Russell Brand My Booky Wook

“By puberty I learned that nothing worth having could be easily attained and to succeed one must be single minded.”

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“Drag your past around if you like, an old dead decaying ox of what you think they might've thought, or what might've been if you'd done what you ought. That which needs to burn let it burn. If the idea doesn't serve you, let it go. If it separates you from the moment, from others, from yourself, let it go.”

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“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.”

Russell Brand My Booky Wook

“Every moment is a fresh new beginning, a wonderful inauguration of the great cosmic journey through the universe. We can do whatever we want. We can change reality at any moment.”

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“For me happiness occurs arbitrarily: a moment of eye contact on a bus, where all at once you fall in love; or a frozen second in a park where it's enough that there are trees in the world.”

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“From quite early on, I had this idea of compartmentalized identities - 'this is how you are when you are with your mum, and this is how you are when you are with your dad' - so it seemed like I could never absolutely be myself. And the image of myself as compromised and inconsistent made me want to withdraw from the world even further. I had a sense of formulating a papier-mâché version of myself to send out in the world, while I sat controlling it remotely from some smug suburban barracks.”

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“Have you been out in society recently? 'Cause it's shit!”

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“I am naïve and I have fucked up but I tell you something else. I believe in change. I don't mind getting my hands dirty because my hands are dirty already. I don't mind giving my life to this because I'm only alive because of the compassion and love of others.”

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“I cannot control the past but I can control the present through forgiveness.”

Russell Brand Recovery

“I didn't cross the line, you drew it in after I traversed it.”

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“I don’t like to be in delineated moments. I don’t like it when your reality feels prescriptive. I don’t like Christmas holidays and their pseudo-joy. I don’t like New Year’s Eve. I don’t like anything that feels like an established electromagnetic paradigm is pulling you into it’s cliched forebear’s footsteps.”

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“I don’t wake up in the morning and think, ‘Wow, I’m on a planet in the Milky Way, in infinite space, bestowed with the gift of consciousness, which I did not give myself, with the gift of language, with lungs that breathe and a heart that beats, none of which I gave myself, with no concrete understanding of the Great Mysteries, knowing only that I was born and will die and nothing of what’s on either side of this brief material and individualized glitch in the limitless expanse of eternity and, I feel, I feel love and pain and I have senses, what a glorious gift! I can relate, and create and serve others or I can lose myself in sensuality and pleasure. What a phenomenal mystery!’ Most days I just wake up feeling a bit anxious and plod a solemn, narrow path of survival, coping. ‘I’ll have a coffee’, ‘I’ll try not to reach for my phone as soon as I stir, simpering and begging like a bad dog at a table for some digital tidbit, some morsel of approval, a text, that’ll do.”

Russell Brand Recovery

“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.”

Russell Brand My Booky Wook

“I have no power at all over people, places and things, and if I ever for a moment mistakenly believe that I do, and act as if I do, pain is on its way.”

Russell Brand Recovery

“I hope it is not necessary for me to stress the platonic nature of our relationship- not platonic in the purest sense, there was no philosophical discourse, but we certainly didn't fuck, which is usually what people mean by platonic; which I bet would really piss Plato off, that for all his thinking and chatting his name has become an adjective for describing sexless trysts.”

Russell Brand My Booky Wook

“I know change is possible, I know there is an alternative, because I live a completely different life to the one I was born with. I also know that the solution is not fame or money or any transient adornment of the individual. The only Revolution that can really change the world is the one in your own consciousness, and mine has already begun.”

Russell Brand Revolution

“I like threesomes with two women, not because I'm a cynical sexual predator. Oh no! But because I'm a romantic. I'm looking for "The One." And I'll find her more quickly if I audition two at a time.”

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“I recognize that I have the ability to be selfish, but I also recognize that you can't be happy if you only care about yourself at the expense of other people.”

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“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.”

Russell Brand My Booky Wook

“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.”

Russell Brand My Booky Wook

“I used to believe in the system that I was born into: aspire, acquire, consume, get famous and glamorous, get high and mighty, get paid and laid.”

Russell Brand Revolution

“I want to change the world, and do something valuable and beautiful. I want people to remember me before I'm dead, and then more afterwards.”

Russell Brand My Booky Wook

“If love is something you cherish, it is hard to glean much joy from death, even in one's enemies.”

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“If we all feel that we are alone, how alone are we?”

Russell Brand Recovery

“If you can be free from pride, self-pity, self-centeredness, selfishness, jealousy, envy, intolerance, impatience, greed, gluttony, lust, sloth, arrogance, and dishonesty, then there is a state of serenity and connectedness within.”

Russell Brand Revolution

“If you don't choose heroes, heroes will be chosen for you, and they will not represent values that empower you, they will represent powers that will enslave you.”

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“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.”

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“If you want to understand what’s most important to a society, don’t examine its art or literature, simply look at its biggest buildings.” In medieval societies, the biggest buildings were its churches and palaces; using Campbell’s method, we can assume these were feudal cultures that revered their leaders and worshipped God. In modern Western cities, the biggest buildings are the banks—bloody great towers that dominate the docklands—and the shopping centers, which architecturally ape the cathedrals they’ve replaced: domes, spires, eerie celestial calm, fountains for fonts, food courts for pews.”

Russell Brand Revolution

“In the U.S., the 400 richest people have as much as 185 million people, over 60 percent of the population. As absurd as that is, on a global scale, the richest 85 people have as much as 3.5 billion people, half of humanity!”

Russell Brand Revolution

“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. No one really feels self-confident deep down because it's an artificial idea. Really, people aren't that worried about what you're doing or what you're saying, so you can drift around the world relatively anonymously: you must not feel persecuted and examined. Liberate yourself from that idea that people are watching you.”

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“Life is not a theme park, and if it is, the theme is death.”

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“Life’s never a postcard of life, is it? It never feels like how you’d want it to look.”

Russell Brand My Booky Wook

“Maybe a life of devotion doesn’t need to be robes and chanting; maybe it’s just going through life with open eyes and an open mind, looking out for chances to help people and buzz on the altruistic zip it gives, like coins in Mario Land.”

Russell Brand Revolution

“Murderers! Stop murdering. Everyone will die eventually. Just sit down and be patient.”

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“My dad's philosophy was that life is a malevolent force, which seeks to destroy you, and you have to struggle with it. Only those who are hard enough will succeed. Most people get crushed, but if you fight, in the end life will go, "Fucking hell. This one's serious. Let him through.”

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“My life is just a series of embarrassing incidents strung together by telling people about those embarrassing incidents.”

Russell Brand My Booky Wook

“Of all the consumer products, chewing gum is perhaps the most ridiculous: it literally has no nourishment – you just chew it to give yourself something to do with your stupid idiot Western mouth.

Half the world is starving, and the other’s going, ‘I don’t actually need any nutrition, but it would be good to masticate, just to keep my mind off things.”

Russell Brand My Booky Wook

“Oh, and 13.1 million American people had their homes foreclosed. Because their debt, it turns out, was real; it was only the debt within the financial sector that was imaginary. It was only the people who generated the crisis who got three magical wishes from an economic genie. There was no abracadabra for ordinary people; they just got abraca-fucked.”

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“Over the road there was a church: a modern gray building, which constantly played a recording of church bells. Strange it was. Why no proper bells? I never went in but I bet it was a robot church for androids, where the Bible was in binary and their Jesus had laser eyes and metal claws.”

Russell Brand My Booky Wook

“Part of that change is forgiveness and the willingness to look at our lives and the world differently. Ask yourself ‘Do I really want to change or do I just want to justify staying the way that I am?”

Russell Brand Recovery

“People do this a lot. They don't seem to realise that the future is just like now, but in a little while, so they say they're going to do things in anticipation of some kind of seismic shift in their worldview that never actually materialises. But everything's not going to be made of leather, the world won't stink of sherbet. Tomorrow is not some mythical kingdom where you'll grow butterfly wings and be able to talk to animals - you'll basically feel pretty much the same way you do at the moment.”

Russell Brand My Booky Wook

“People don't realize that the future is just now, but later.”

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“Princeton University recently did a study revealing what those of us paying attention already know all too well: The United States is, in scientifically proven fact, not a democracy. They concluded that the U.S. is controlled by economic elites.” This is a prominent idea that is becoming popular. The structural reason that voting is redundant is that through the funding of political parties, lobbying, and cronyism, corporations are able to ensure that their interests are prioritized above the needs of the electorate and that ideas that contravene their agenda don’t even make it into the sphere of public debate. Whoever you vote for, you’ll be voting for a party that represents a big-business agenda, not the will of the people.”

Russell Brand Revolution

“Rebel children, I urge you, fight the turgid slick of conformity with which they seek to smother your glory.”

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“See all these buildings? All these buildings were once a drawing on a piece of paper, and before that they were an idea in someone’s head. Any idea that you have, you can make manifest.”

Russell Brand My Booky Wook

“Sell me phones and food and prejudice, low cost and low values, low-frequency thinking. We are in a cult by default. We just can’t see it because its boundaries lie beyond our horizons.”

Russell Brand Recovery

“Society is collapsing, and people are starting to recognize that the reason they feel like they’re mentally ill is that they’re living in a system that’s not designed to suit the human spirit.”

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“Strength does not have to be belligerent and loud.”

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“Surfing should be called 'foam-choking' or 'sea stabbing'.”

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“The economy is just a metaphorical device, it's not real-that's why it's got the word "con" in the middle of it.”

Russell Brand Revolution

“The instinct that drives compulsion is universal. It is an attempt to solve the problem of disconnection, alienation, tepid despair... the problem is ultimately 'being human' in an environment that is curiously ill-equipped to deal with the challenges that entails.”

Russell Brand Recovery

“The most potent tool in maintaining the status quo is our belief that change is impossible.”

Russell Brand Revolution

“The nation state is a relatively modern idea, and I don’t think we’re getting a lot out of it except for flags and World Cups.”

Russell Brand Revolution

“The need to find out what will happen if I don't relent or moderate my actions has been a constant source of difficulty and discomfort in my life.”

Russell Brand My Booky Wook

“The next industrial revolution is toward decentralized, autonomous, and resilient systems where individuals and communities control their own destinies. This requires a transformation of our economic model from privatized control to co-operative models of ownership, which the social technologies of the Internet can facilitate.”

Russell Brand Revolution

“The only meaningful interpretation of any religious teaching is to honor the divine within ourselves and love the divine in one another.”

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“The only revolution that can really change the world is the one in your own consciousness, and mine has already begun.”

Russell Brand Revolution

“The priority of any addict is to anaesthetise the pain of living to ease the passage of day with some purchased relief.”

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“The truth is: there is on this frequency, from our human perspective, a planet, some beings, some resources; would it not be sensible to employ systems that benefit the planet, the beings, and the resources?”

Russell Brand Revolution

“There is no freedom without forgiveness.”

Russell Brand Recovery

“There is really little difference between someone acting throwing french fries in your face and someone throwing french fries in your face.”

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“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.”

Russell Brand My Booky Wook

“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.”

Russell Brand My Booky Wook

“We apply reality from within. The world is our perception of the world. So what other people think of you, famous or not, is an independent construct taking place in their brain, and we shouldn’t worry too much about it.”

Russell Brand Revolution

“We are living in a zoo, or more accurately a farm, our collective consciousness, our individual consciousness, has been hijacked by a power structure that needs us to remain atomized and disconnected. We want union, we want connection, we need it the way we need other forms of nutrition, and denied it we delve into the lower impulses for sanctuary.”

Russell Brand Revolution

“We crave connection, but so much of the time we are not alive, neutralized. Who are you when you’re listening to the radio in traffic? You are not you, you are on standby. Mostly we are free-floating and disengaged, lost in the spectacle.”

Russell Brand Recovery

“We have been told that freedom is the ability to pursue petty, trivial desires when true freedom is freedom from these petty, trivial desires.”

Russell Brand Revolution

“What I've learnt - to my cost - on several occasions in my life, is that people will put up with all manner of bad behaviour so long as you're giving them what they want. They'll laugh and get into it and enjoy the anecdotes and the craziness and the mayhem as long as you're going your job well, but the minute you're not, you're fucked. They'll wipe their hands of you without a second glance.”

Russell Brand My Booky Wook

“What was alien was being ordinary, being humdrum, being trapped into appeasing... having to crush and stifle my opinions, not being allowed to be brilliant, tricking myself into mediocrity.”

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“When I was poor and complained about inequality they said I was bitter; now that I'm rich and I complain about inequality they say I'm a hypocrite. I'm beginning to think they just don't want to talk about inequality.”

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“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.”

Russell Brand My Booky Wook

“When people are content they are difficult to manoeuvre. We are perennially discontent and offered placebos as remedies.”

Russell Brand Revolution

“When you fall in love you recognise you're not the most important person in the world, and your focus becomes another person.”

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“You can never quench your spiritual craving through material means.”

Russell Brand Recovery

“You have to forgive everyone for everything. You can’t cling on to any blame that you may be using to make sense of the story of your life.”

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