"I don't think I'm a total pessimist, so I think you can find hope in all my films."
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."Spike Lee on Albert Einstein
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."Spike Lee on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."Spike Lee on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return."Spike Lee on Maya Angelou
"I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe."Spike Lee on Dalai Lama
"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."