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All Quotes by author - bell hooks
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Any society based on domination supports and condones violence. "
" But love is really more of an interactive process. It's about what we do not just what we feel. It's a verb, not a noun. "
" Class is more than money. Class is also about knowledge. "
" 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? "
" I began writing a book on love because I felt that the United States is moving away from love. "
" I don't think you can hate anything that you know intimately. There is no fine line separating love from hate because there's a deep chasm separating love from hate. "
" If we give our children sound self-love, they will be able to deal with whatever life puts before them. "
" 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!' "
" 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. "
" I thought about how we need to make children feel that there are times in their lives when they need to be alone and quiet and to be able to accept their aloneness. "
" I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else's whim or to someone else's ignorance. "
" Live simply so that others may simply live. "
" Once you do away with the idea of people as fixed, static entities, then you see that people can change, and there is hope. "
" Since loving is about knowing, we have more meaningful love relationships when we know each other and it takes time to know each other. "
" 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. "
" The people I love, I'm committed to loving for the rest of my life. "
" The political core of any movement for freedom in the society has to have the political imperative to protect free speech. "
" There is no life to be found in violence. Every act of violence brings us closer to death. Whether it's the mundane violence we do to our bodies by overeating toxic food or drink or the extreme violence of child abuse, domestic warfare, life-threatening poverty, addiction, or state terrorism. "
" 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. "
" What's really sad is that so many young women between the ages of 16 and 25 are ignorant and they already believe that women get the same pay as men. They don't even really understand that equality hasn't happened with the pay force. "
" Whenever women struggle with breast cancer and face better care than ever, that's feminism. "
" When we drop fear, we can draw nearer to people, we can draw nearer to the earth, we can draw nearer to all the heavenly creatures that surround us. "
" 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? "
" 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. "
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