Bell Hooks Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Bell Hooks quotes, Bell Hooks sayings, and Bell Hooks proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

To build community requires vigilant awareness of the work we must continually do to undermine all the socialization that leads us to behave in ways that perpetuate domination. Bell Hooks
Whenever women struggle with breast cancer and face better care than ever, that's feminism. Bell Hooks
Even the most subjected person has moments of rage and resentment so intense that they respond, they act against. There is an inner uprising that leads to rebellion, however short lived. It may be only momentary but it takes place. That space within oneself where resistance is possible remains. Bell Hooks
The rage of the oppressed is never the same as the rage of the privileged. Bell Hooks
Sexism has never rendered women powerless. It has either suppressed their strength or exploited it. Bell Hooks
While the patriarchal boys in hip-hop crew may talk about keeping it real, there has been no musical culture with black men at the forefront of its creation that has been steeped in the politics of fantasy and denial as the more popular strands of hip-hop. Bell Hooks
If you do not know what you feel, then it is difficult to choose love; it is better to fall. Then you do not have to be responsible for your actions. Bell Hooks
Sadly, anarchy has gotten such a bad name. We don't really see much evidence of it because people associate it with reckless abandon. Bell Hooks
True resistance begins with people confronting pain... and wanting to do something to change it. Bell Hooks
There must exist a paradigm, a practical model for social change that includes an understanding of ways to transform consciousness that are linked to efforts to transform structures. Bell Hooks
When we work with love we renew the spirit; that renewal is an act of self-love, it nurtures our growth. Bell Hooks
Since anti-racist individuals did not control mass media, the media became the primary tool that would be used and is still used to convince black viewers, and everyone else, of black inferiority. Bell Hooks
Honesty and openness is always the foundation of insightful dialogue. Bell Hooks
We have to constantly critique imperialist white supremacist patriarchal culture because it is normalized by mass media and rendered unproblematic. 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 crisis facing men is not the crisis of masculinity, it is the crisis of patriarchal masculinity. Until we make this distinction clear, men will continue to fear that any critique of patriarchy represents a threat. Bell Hooks
Patriarchy, like any system of domination (for example, racism), relies on socializing everyone to believe that in all human relations there is an inferior and a superior party, one person is strong, the other weak, and that it is therefore natural for the powerful to rule over the powerless. To those who support patriarchal thinking, maintaining power and control is acceptable by whatever means. Bell Hooks
Many of us were the unplanned children of talented, creative women whose lives had been changed by unplanned and unwanted pregnancies. We witnessed their bitterness, their rage, their disappointment with their lot in life and we were clear that there could be no genuine sexual liberation for women and men without better, safer contraceptives, without the right to a safe, legal abortion. Bell Hooks
The one person who will never leave us, whom we will never lose, is ourself. Learning to love our female selves is where our search for love must begin. Bell Hooks
If we want a beloved community, we must stand for justice, have recognition for difference without attaching difference to privilege. Bell Hooks
I entered the classroom with the conviction that it was crucial for me and every other student to be an active participant, not a passive consumer... education that connects the will to know with the will to become. Bell Hooks
My longing to find love did not make me lose my sense of reason or perspective. Bell Hooks
Women often feel we are in a constant state of yearning, wanting to love but not receiving it. Bell Hooks
Youth culture today is cynical about love. And that cynicism has come from their pervasive feeling that love cannot be found. Bell Hooks
Few people who are hit once by someone they love respond in the way they might to a singular physical assault by a stranger. Bell Hooks
Living simply makes loving simple. Bell Hooks
Critical thinking involves first discovering the who, what, when, and how of things. Bell Hooks
Critical thinkers are clear as to the purpose at hand and the question at issue. Bell Hooks
Critical thinking is an interactive process, one that demands participation on the part of teacher and students alike. Bell Hooks
Keeping an open mind is an essential requirement of critical thinking. Bell Hooks