bell hooks

For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?bell hooks

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To live fixated on the future is to engage in psychological denial. It is a form of psychic violence that prepares us to accept the violence needed to ensure the maintenance of imperialist, future-oriented society.bell hooks

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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

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I have always been a flirt. My mother says whe I was a child, I used to stand outside the house and just smile at everyone who walked by. Like, 'Please take me with you!'bell hooks

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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

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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

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I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else's whim or to someone else's ignorance.bell hooks

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I think life experiences are different for people who know what they want as children.bell hooks

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A major part of love is commitment. If we are committed to someone, if I'm committed to loving you, then it's not possible for me to 'fall out of love.'bell hooks

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The greatest movement for social justice our country has ever known is the civil rights movement and it was totally rooted in a love ethic.bell hooks

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I feel like there is always something trying to pull us back into sleep, that there is this sort of seductive quality in all the hedonistic pleasures that pull on us.bell hooks

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I have been thinking about the notion of perfect love as being without fear, and what that means for us in a world that's becoming increasingly xenophobic, tortured by fundamentalism and nationalism.bell hooks

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All over the world, young males and females, schooled in the art of patriarchal thinking, are building an identity on a foundation that sees the will to do violence as the essential way to assert being.bell hooks

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I think the Women's movement has had a major impact on everybody's lives in our nation and in the world as a whole.bell hooks

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I'm so disturbed when my women students behave as though they can only read women, or black students behave as though they can only read blacks, or white students behave as though they can only identify with a white writer.bell hooks

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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

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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

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I began writing a book on love because I felt that the United States is moving away from love.bell hooks

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Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books.bell hooks

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No other group in America has so had their identity socialized out of existence as have black women... When black people are talked about the focus tends to be on black men; and when women are talked about the focus tends to be on white women.bell hooks

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I think I was always obsessed with esthetics.bell hooks

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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

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In general, the mass media tell us that black people are not loving, that our lives are so fraught with violence and aggression that we have no time to love.bell hooks

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Until the legacy of remembered and reenacted trauma is taken seriously, black America cannot heal.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

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Live simply so that others may simply live.bell hooks

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An often-repeated assertion in the body of film criticism I have written is the assertion that movies do not just mirror the culture of any given time; they also create it.bell hooks

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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

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Certainly we can end racism with love. We can demand that the federal government change its emphasis on racial distinction.bell hooks

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These days I wonder more and more why people are pessimistic when American history actually supports optimism.bell hooks

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