40 Greatest Bell Hooks Quotes

40 Greatest Bell Hooks Quotes

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Gloria Jean Watkins, more known by her pen name Bell Hooks is an American author and social activist from Kentucky. She focused her writing on capitalism, gender, and racial issues. Her most famous works of literature are Ain’t I A Woman?, All About Love, and Feminist Theory. She is currently 62 years old and still continues to speak and write about these issues.

“A generous heart is always open, always ready to receive our going and coming. In the midst of such love we need never fear abandonment. This is the most precious gift true love offers –
the experience of knowing we always belong.”

“Being oppressed means the absence of choices.”

“Both men and women remain in dysfunctional, loveless relationships when it is materially opportune.”

“Choosing to be honest is the first step in the process of love. There is no practitioner of love who deceives. Once the choice has been made to be honest, then the next step on love’s path
is communication.”

“Couples who rarely or never have sex can know lifelong love.”

“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?”

“Given the way universities work to reinforce and perpetuate the status quo, the way knowledge is offered as commodity, Women’s Studies can easily become the place where revolutionary
feminist thought and feminist activism are submerged or made secondary to the goals of academic careerism.”

“Honesty and openness is always the foundation of insightful dialogue.”

“I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else’s whim or to someone else’s ignorance.”

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

“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 as the practice of freedom….
education that connects the will to know with the will to become. Learning is a place where paradise can be created.”

“I often find it easier to be teaching or giving to others, and often struggle with the place of my own pleasure and joy.”

“If I do not speak in a language that can be understood there is little chance for a dialogue.”

“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.”

“In a culture of domination, preoccupation with victimage is inevitable.”

“In our culture privacy is often confused with secrecy. Open, honest, truth-telling individuals value privacy. We all need spaces where we can be alone with thoughts and feelings – where we
can experience healthy psychological autonomy and can choose to share when we want to. Keeping secrets is usually about power, about hiding and concealing information.”

“Isolation and loneliness are central causes of depression and despair.”

“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.”

“Knowing love or the hope of knowing love is the anchor that keeps us from falling into that sea of despair.”

“Love is an action, never simply a feeling.”

“Lying has become so much the accepted norm that people lie even when it would be simpler to tell the truth.”

“Many of us learned that passivity lessened the possibility of attack.”

“Most of us find it difficult to accept a definition of love that says we are never loved in a context where there is abuse.”

“My grief was a heavy, despairing sadness caused by parting from a companion of many years but, more important, it was a despair rooted in the fear that love did not exist, could not be
found. And even if it were lurking somewhere, I might never know it in my lifetime. It had become hard for me to continue to believe in love’s promise when everywhere I turned the
enchantment of power of the terror of fear overshadowed the will to love.”

“Only love can heal the wounds of the past. However, the intensity of our woundedness often leads to a closing of the heart, making it impossible for us to give or receive the love that is
given to us.”

“Our hearts connect with lots of folks in a lifetime but most of us will go to our graves with no experience of true love.”

“Remember, care is a dimension of love, but simply giving care does not mean we are loving.”

“Secrets find a way out in sleep . . . It is the place where there is no pretense.”

“The practice of love offers no place of safety. We risk loss, hurt, pain. We risk being acted upon by forces outside our control.”

“The word “love” is most often defined as a noun, yet al the more astute theorists of love acknowledge that we would all love better if we used it as a verb.”

“The wounded heart learns self-love by first overcoming low self-esteem.”

“There can be no love without justice.”

“there is an element of Play that is almost ritualistic in Black folk life. It serves to mediate the tensions, stress, and pain of constant exploitation and oppression.”

“To love well is the task in all meaningful relationships, not just romantic bonds.”

“To truly love we must learn to mix various ingredients – care, affection, recognition, respect, commitment, and trust, as well as honest and open communication.”

“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.”

“When we face pain in relationships our first response is often to sever bonds rather than to maintain commitment.”

“Whether we learn how to love ourselves and others will depend on the presence of a loving environment. Self-love cannot flourish in isolation.”

“Writing and performing should deepen the meaning of words, should illuminate, transfix and transform.”

“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.”