"No other group in America has so had their identity socialized out of existence as have black women... When black people are talked about the focus tends to be on black men and when women are talked about the focus tends to be on white women."
"A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water."Bell Hooks on Eleanor Roosevelt
"I don't know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot."Bell Hooks on Marilyn Monroe
"Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent."Bell Hooks on Friedrich Nietzsche
"The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles."Bell Hooks on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot."Bell Hooks on John Lennon
"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."
"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."
"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."