"Fight the power that be. Fight the power."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."Spike Lee on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."Spike Lee on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."Spike Lee on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."Spike Lee on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."Spike Lee on Booker T. Washington
"We grew up in a very creative environment and were exposed to the arts at a very young age, so it's not a surprise that all of us are in some form of the arts."
"I'd like to state that Spike Lee is not saying that African American culture is just for black people alone to enjoy and cherish. Culture is for everybody."
"Any film I do is not going to change the way black women have been portrayed, or black people have been portrayed, in cinema since the days of D.W. Griffith."
"It has been my observation that parents kill more dreams than anybody."
"My grandmother lived to be 100 years old. Her grandmother was a slave, yet she was a college graduate in the Spellman class of 1917. She taught art for 50 years and she saved her Social Security checks for her children's education."