Quotes by: bell hooks

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I can be standing in Barneys with my coat and purse and my selections, and some white woman will say, 'Can you get this in my size?' What she sees is a black woman, and her service button goes off.
bell hooks
Why is it that many contemporary male thinkers, especially men of color, repudiate the imperialist legacy of Columbus but affirm dimensions of that legacy by their refusal to repudiate patriarchy?
bell hooks
The political core of any movement for freedom in the society has to have the political imperative to protect free speech.
bell hooks
I began writing a book on love because I felt that the United States is moving away from love.
bell hooks
I think life experiences are different for people who know what they want as children.
bell hooks
I've written 18 books, mostly dealing with issues of social justice, ending racism, feminism, and cultural criticism.
bell hooks
The working-class black Southern Christian culture I come from still nurtures me, and I mean directly, daily.
bell hooks
The institutionalization of Black Studies, Feminist Studies, all of these things, led to a sense that the struggle was over for a lot of people and that one did not have to continue the personal consciousness-raising and changing of one's viewpoint.
bell hooks
If we give our children sound self-love, they will be able to deal with whatever life puts before them.
bell hooks
It's in the act of having to do things that you don't want to that you learn something about moving past the self. Past the ego.
bell hooks
We judge on the basis of what somebody looks like, skin color, whether we think they're beautiful or not. That space on the Internet allows you to converse with somebody with none of those things involved.
bell hooks
Once you do away with the idea of people as fixed, static entities, then you see that people can change, and there is hope.
bell hooks
Yesterday I was thinking about the whole idea of genius and creative people, and the notion that if you create some magical art, somehow that exempts you from having to pay attention to the small things.
bell hooks
Since loving is about knowing, we have more meaningful love relationships when we know each other and it takes time to know each other.
bell hooks
I'm such a girl for the living room. I really like to stay in my nest and not move. I travel in my mind, and that that's a rigorous state of journeying for me. My body isn't that interested in moving from place to place.
bell hooks
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