When we choose to love, we choose to move against fear, against alienation and separation. The choice to love is a choice to connect, to find ourselves in the other.

— Bell Hooks

The most wonderful Bell Hooks quotes that will activate your inner potential

[O]ne of the most vital ways we sustain ourselves is by building communities of resistance, places where we know we are not alone.

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Dominator culture has tried to keep us all afraid, to make us choose safety instead of risk, sameness instead of diversity. Moving through that fear, finding out what connects us, revelling in our differences; this is the process that brings us closer, that gives us a world of shared values, of meaningful community.

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The rage of the oppressed is never the same as the rage of the privileged.

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The moment we choose to love we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others.

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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?

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Shaming is one of the deepest tools of imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy because shame produces trauma and trauma often produces paralysis.

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The practice of love is the most powerful antidote to the politics of domination.

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As long as women are using class or race power to dominate other women, feminist sisterhood cannot be fully realized.

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To be truly visionary we have to root our imagination in our concrete reality while simultaneously imagining possibilities beyond that reality.

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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.

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True resistance begins with people confronting pain... and wanting to do something to change it.

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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.

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About Bell Hooks

Quotes 347 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Critic
Birthday October 16

Hope is essential to any political struggle for radical change when the overall social climate promotes disillusionment and despair.

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The wounded child inside many females is a girl who was taught from early childhood on that she must become something other than herself, deny her true feelings, in order to attract and please others.

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All of us in the academy and in the culture as a whole are called to renew our minds if we are to transform educational institutions-and society-so that the way we live, teach, and work can reflect our joy in cultural diversity, our passion for justice, and our love of freedom.

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Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving.

When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.

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If we want a beloved community, we must stand for justice, have recognition for difference without attaching difference to privilege.

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Because we have learned to believe negativity is more realistic, it appears more real than any positive voice.

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Love is a combination of care, commitment, knowledge, responsibility, respect and trust.

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You are not going to destroy this imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy by creating your own version of it.

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Feminist politics aims to end domination, to free us to be who we are - to live lives where we love justice, where we can live in peace. Feminism is for everybody.

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If we want a beloved community, we must stand for justice.

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

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All too often women believe it is a sign of commitment, an expression of love, to endure unkindness or cruelty, to forgive and forget. In actuality, when we love rightly we know that the healthy, loving response to cruelty and abuse is putting ourselves out of harm's way.

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If any female feels she need anything beyond herself to legitimate and validate her existence, she is already giving away her power to be self-defining, her agency.

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To begin by always thinking of love as an action rather than a feeling is one way in which anyone using the word in this manner automatically assumes accountability and responsibility.

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Honesty and openness is always the foundation of insightful dialogue.

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Whether we're talking about race or gender or class, popular culture is where the pedagogy is, it's where the learning is.

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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.

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When men and women punish each other for truth telling, we reinforce the notion that lies are better.

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Without justice there can be no love.

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The true teacher is within us. A good teacher is someone who can help you to go back and touch the true teacher within, because you already have the insight within you.

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All our silences in the face of racist assault are acts of complicity.

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Feminism is a struggle to end sexist oppression.

Therefore, it is necessarily a struggle to eradicate the ideology of domination that permeates Western culture on various levels.

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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.

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I celebrate teaching that enables transgressions - a movement against and beyond boundaries. It is that movement which makes education the practice of freedom.

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The white worker who has been displaced at General Motors has more in common with the displaced black worker than those larger white CEO's, and those Wall Street people who are determining their fate... whose thievery and greed is determining their fate.

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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.

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The world demands that you work for it, make families, provide, take no time to listen to your own heart beating.

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Most of us did not learn when we were young that our capacity to be self-loving would be shaped by the work we do and whether that work enhances our well-being.

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The practice of love offers no place of safety.

We risk loss, hurt, pain. We risk being acted upon by forces outside our control.

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I am passionate about everything in my life--first and foremost, passionate about ideas. And that's a dangerous person to be in this society, not just because I'm a woman, but because it's such a fundamentally anti-intellectual, anti-critical thinking society. --bell hooks

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What had begun as a movement to free all black people from racist oppression became a movement with its primary goal the establishment of black male patriarchy.

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Often in my lectures when I use the phrase “imperialist white-supremacist capitalist patriarchy” to describe our nation’s political system, audiences laugh. No one has ever explained why accurately naming this system is funny. The laughter is itself a weapon of patriarchal terrorism.

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Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world.

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Sexism has never rendered women powerless. It has either suppressed their strength or exploited it.

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The transformative power of love is not fully embraced in our society because we often wrongly believe that torment and anguish are our ‘natural’ condition.

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I still think it's important for people to have a sharp, ongoing critique of marriage in patriarchal society — because once you marry within a society that remains patriarchal, no matter how alternative you want to be within your unit, there is still a culture outside you that will impose many, many values on you whether you want them to or not.

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All too often we think of community in terms of being with folks like ourselves: the same class, same race, same ethnicity, same social standing and the like..I think we need to be wary: we need to work against the danger of evoking something that we don’t challenge ourselves to actually practice.

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