"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."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Bell Hooks on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Bell Hooks on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Bell Hooks on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Bell Hooks on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Bell Hooks on Mark Twain
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."