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Bell Hooks Quotes

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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

Many spiritual teachers - in Buddhism,
in Islam - have talked about first-hand experience
of the world as an important part of the path to wisdom,
to enlightenment.
- Bell Hooks

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

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

 

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

I'm such a girl for the living room.
I really like to stay in my nest and not move.
I travel in my mind, and that that's a rigorous state of journeying for me.
My body isn't that interested in moving from place to place.
- Bell Hooks

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.
- Bell Hooks

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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?
- Bell Hooks

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

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.
- Bell Hooks

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.
- Bell Hooks

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

Some people act as though art that is for a mass audience is not good art,
and I think this has been a very negative thing.
I know that I have wanted very much to write books
that are accessible to the widest audience possible.
- Bell Hooks

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

Death is with you all the time; you get deeper in it as you move towards it,
but it's not unfamiliar to you.
It's always been there, so what becomes unfamiliar
to you when you pass away from the moment is really life.
- Bell Hooks

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves
that all of life is not black and white.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

The possession of knowledge does not
kill the sense of wonder and mystery.
There is always more mystery.
- Anais Nin

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
- Oscar Wilde

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

What you leave behind is not what
is engraved in stone monuments,
but what is woven into the lives of others.
- Pericles

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

I am not a slave to my thoughts or emotions.
- Richard Carlson

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A ship in harbor is safe -
but that is not what ships are for.
- John A. Shedd

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

It's not the size of the dog in the fight,
it's the size of the fight in the dog.
- Mark Twain

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

Love means not ever having to say you're sorry.
- Erich Segal

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance.
- Anonymous

Do not allow obligation or immediacy to
bind you to physical things or specific actions.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Hold on... Joyfully.
Holding-on does not have to be
a desperate teeth-gritting kind of holding-on.
Holding-on can be a joyful
"this is just the nature of Life,
so I may as well enjoy it"
kind of holding-on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past,
but by the love we're not extending in the present.
- Marianne Williamson

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

Know that the essence of life is not
in the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus

Remember that the happiest people
are not those getting more, but those giving more.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Count your blessings - not your troubles.
- Dale Carnegie

Every man and woman is born into the world
to do something unique and something distinctive;
and if he or she does not do it,
it will never be done.
- Benjamin E. Mays

When dealing with people, remember you are
not dealing with creatures of logic,
but creatures of emotion.
- Dale Carnegie

Forgiving is not a gift to someone else.
Forgiving is your gift to yourself -
a great gift - the gift of happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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