"If we became students of Malcolm X, we would not have young black men out there killing each other like they're killing each other now. Young black men would not be impregnating young black women at the rate going on now. We'd not have the drugs we have now, or the alcoholism."
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."Spike Lee on Frederick Douglass
"I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman."Spike Lee on Anais Nin
"Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance."Spike Lee on Oscar Wilde
"Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?"Spike Lee on Confucius
"Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men."Spike Lee on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."