57 Best bell hooks Quotes From The Feminist Author And Social Activist

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bell hooks is the pen name of Gloria Jean Watkins.

She is an American author, feminist, social activist and a professor. She borrowed her pen name from her grandmother’s name, ‘Bell Blair Hooks’.

hooks was influenced by Sojourner Truth, Paulo Freire, James Baldwin, Erich Fromm many more famous personalities. Her pen name is purposely written in lower case as she wanted the focus to be on her ideas and not her identity. This article has the best bell hooks quotes and sayings from the great feminist author.

We have the best bell hooks quotes on love, bell hooks quotes on feminism, bell hooks all about love quotes, bell hooks book quotes.

For more such quotes from authors, also check [Audre Lorde quotes] and Angela Davis quotes.

Best bell hooks Quotes

Listed below is a list of the best bell hooks quotes said by the great author.

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

-bell hooks.

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

-bell hooks.

3. “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.”

-bell hooks.

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

-bell hooks.

5. “I think the truth is that finding ourselves brings more excitement and well-being than anything romance has to offer, and somewhere we know that.”

-bell hooks.

6. “To live fixated on the future is to engage in psychological denial.”

-bell hooks.

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

-bell hooks.

8. “One of the most vital ways we sustain ourselves is by building communities of resistance, places where we know we are not alone.”

-bell hooks.

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

-bell hooks.

Popular bell hooks Quotes

Listed below is a list of popular bell hooks quotes and sayings.

10. “Abuse and neglect negate love. Care and affirmation, the opposite of abuse and humiliation, are the foundation of love. No one can rightfully claim to be loving when behaving abusively.”

-bell hooks.

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

-bell hooks.

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

-bell hooks.

13. “I really like to stay in my nest and not move. I travel in my mind, and that's a rigorous state of journeying for me.”

-bell hooks.

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

-bell hooks.

15. “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.”

-bell hooks.

16. “In that field of possibility we have the opportunity to labor for freedom, to demand of ourselves and our comrades, an openness of mind and heart that allows us to face reality even as we collectively imagine ways to move beyond boundaries, to transgress.”

-bell hooks.

17. “Justice demands integrity.”

-bell hooks.

18. “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.

19. “What we cannot imagine cannot come into being.”

-bell hooks.

bell hooks Quotes About Love

Some bell hooks sayings about love are listed below.

20. “Individuals who want to believe that there is no fulfillment in love, that true love does not exist, cling to these assumptions because this despair is actually easier to face than the reality that love is a real fact of life but is absent from their lives.”

-bell hooks.

21. “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.

22. “True love is a different story. When it happens, individuals usually feel in touch with each other's core identity.”

-bell hooks.

23. “To know love we have to invest time and commitment...'dreaming that love will save us, solve all our problems or provide a steady state of bliss or security only keeps us stuck in wishful fantasy, undermining the real power of the love -- which is to transform us.'”

-bell hooks.

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

-bell hooks.

25. “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.

26. “Of all the definitions of love that abound in our universe, a special favorite of mine is...“the will to extend one's self for the purpose of nurturing one's own or another's spiritual growth.”

-bell hooks.

27. “The moment we choose to love, we begin to move against domination, against oppression."

-bell hooks.

28. “Usually adult males who are unable to make emotional connections with the women they choose to be intimate with are frozen in time, unable to allow themselves to love for fear that the loved one will abandon them.”

-bell hooks.

29. “Yet I fantasized about finding a lover who would give me the gift of being loved as I am. It is silly, isn't it, that I would dream of someone else offering to me the acceptance and affirmation I was withholding from myself.”

-bell hooks.

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

-bell hooks.

31. “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.”

-bell hooks.

Powerful bell hooks Quotes

Listed below are some powerful sayings by bell hooks.

32. “Sometimes people try to destroy you, precisely because they recognize your power - not because they don't see it, but because they see it and they don't want it to exist.”

-bell hooks.

33. “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.”

-bell hooks.

34. “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.

35. “The rage of the oppressed is never the same as the rage of the privileged.”

-bell hooks.

36. “All too often in our society it is assumed that one can know all there is to know about black people by merely hearing the life story and opinions of one black person.”

-bell hooks, ‘Ain't I A Woman: Black Women And Feminism’.

37. “Wisely, Baldwin insisted that we are always more than our pain. Not only did he believe in our capacity to love, he felt black people were uniquely situated to risk loving because we had suffered.

-bell hooks.

38.  "The moment we choose to love, we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others.”

-bell hooks.

Famous bell hooks Quotes And Sayings

A list of famous bell hooks quotes and sayings are listed below. It also includes the famous bell hooks quote on children.

39. “What we do is more important than what we say or what we say we believe.”

-bell hooks.

40. "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.

41. “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.

42. “To counter the fixation on a rhetoric of victimhood, black folks must engage in a discourse of self-determination.”

-bell hooks.

43. “When we love children, we acknowledge by our every action that they are not property, that they have rights - that we respect and uphold their rights.”

-bell hooks, ‘All About Love: New Visions’.

44. “If an individual is not successful in emotionally crippling himself, he can count on patriarchal men to enact rituals of power that will assault his self-esteem.”

-bell hooks.

45. “As we search as a nation for constructive ways to challenge racism and white supremacy, it is absolutely essential that progressive female voices gain a hearing.”

-bell hooks.

46. “Being oppressed means the absence of choices.”

-bell hooks.

47. “...men will continue to fear that any critique of patriarchy represents a threat.”

-bell hooks, ‘The Will To Change: Men, Masculinity, And Love’.

48. “The ability to critique oneself and change and to hear critique from others is the condition of being that makes us capable of responsibility.”

-bell hooks.

49. “In an imperialist racist patriarchal society that supports and condones oppression, it is not surprising that men and women judge their worth, their personal power, by their ability to oppress others.”

-bell hooks.

bell hooks Quotes From Books

Some sayings from famous bell hooks’ books are listed below.

bell hooks quotes can motivate you to do something in life

50. “Popular escapist fiction enchants adult readers without challenging them to be educated for critical consciousness.”

-bell hooks, ‘Rock My Soul’.

51. “Racism has always been a divisive force separating black men and white men, and sexism has been a force that unites the two groups.”

-bell hooks, ‘Ain't I A Woman’.

52. “There will be no mass-based feminist movement as long as feminist ideas are understood only by a well-educated few.”

-bell hooks, ‘Feminist Theory: From Margin To Center’.

53. “My thoughts have been shaped by the conviction that feminism must become a mass based political movement if it is to have a revolutionary, transformative impact on society.”

-bell hooks, ‘Feminist Theory: From Margin To Center’.

54. “People with healthy self-esteem do not need to create pretend identities.”

-bell hooks, ‘Rock My Soul’.

55. “The crisis facing men is not the crisis of masculinity, it is the crisis of patriarchal masculinity.”

-bell hooks, ‘The Will To Change: Men, Masculinity, And Love’.

bell hooks Quotes On Feminism

Top bell hooks quotes and sayings on the notion of feminism and the feminist movement are listed below. Share these quotes with your friends to give them information about the movement.

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56. “Most feminist groups began with women talking about how we saw ourselves and other women, how we acted. We openly confessed our fears and hatred of other women. We talked about how to combat jealousy, the politics of envy, and so on.”

-bell hooks, ‘Communion: The Female Search For Love’.

57. “The feminist call was for women to embrace ways of seeing beauty and adorning ourselves that are healthy, life-affirming, and not overly time-time consuming.”

-bell hooks, ‘Communion: The Female Search For Love’.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for bell hooks quotes, then why not take a look at Zora Neale Hurston quotes], or  [Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie quotes].

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