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Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: In our work and in our living, we In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction. Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: If I do not bring all of who If I do not bring all of who I am to whatever I do, then I bring nothing, or nothing of lasting worth, for I have withheld my essence. Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: When the desire for definition, self or otherwise, When the desire for definition, self or otherwise, comes out of a desire for limitation rather than a desire for expansion, no true face can emerge. Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Every woman I have ever known has made Every woman I have ever known has made a lasting impression on my soul. Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: When you reach out and touch other human When you reach out and touch other human beings, it doesn't matter whether you call it therapy or teaching or poetry. Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Battling racism and battling heterosexism and battling apartheid Battling racism and battling heterosexism and battling apartheid share the same urgency inside me as battling cancer. Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Guilt and defensiveness are bricks in a wall Guilt and defensiveness are bricks in a wall against which we all flounder; they serve none of our futures. Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Only within a patriarchal structure is maternity the Only within a patriarchal structure is maternity the only social power open to women. Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: If they cannot love and resist at the If they cannot love and resist at the same time, they probably will not survive. Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Attend me, hold me in your muscular flowering Attend me, hold me in your muscular flowering arms, protect me from throwing any part of myself away. Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Learning not to crumple before these uncertainties fuels Learning not to crumple before these uncertainties fuels my resolve to print myself upon the texture of each day fully rather than forever. Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: The cockroachwho is dyingand the womanwho is blindagreenot The cockroach
who is dying
and the woman
who is blind
agree
not to notice
each other's shame.
Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: We're supposed to see "universal" love as heterosexual. We're supposed to see "universal" love as heterosexual. What I insist upon in my work is that there is no such thing as universal love in literature. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: The absence of any consideration of lesbian consciousness The absence of any consideration of lesbian consciousness or the consciousness of third world women leaves a serious gap within this conference ... — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: I cannot shut you out the way I I cannot shut you out the way I shut the others out, so maybe I can destroy you. Must destroy you? — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: I am not just a lesbian. I am I am not just a lesbian. I am not just a poet. I am not just a mother. Honor the complexity of your vision and yourselves. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: ...oppression is as American as apple pie... ...oppression is as American as apple pie... — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Women are powerful and dangerous. Women are powerful and dangerous. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Pain is important: how we evade it, how Pain is important: how we evade it, how we succumb to it, how we deal with it, how we transcend it. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Hopefully, we can learn from the 60s that Hopefully, we can learn from the 60s that we cannot afford to do our enemies work by destroying each other. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: The more I use my strength in the The more I use my strength in the service of my vision the less I am afraid ... — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: When we speak we are afraid our words When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: I am not only a casualty, I am I am not only a casualty, I am also a warrior. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: I am very, very happy for Alice Walker. I am very, very happy for Alice Walker. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Because the machine will try to grind you Because the machine will try to grind you into dust anyway, whether or not we speak. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: There is no such thing as a single There is no such thing as a single issue struggle because we do not lead single issue lives. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: What do we want from each other after What do we want from each other
after we have told our stories — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: There are many kinds of open ... Love There are many kinds of open ... Love is a word, another kind of open ... Take my word for jewel in your open light. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: When patriarchy dismisses us, it encourages our murderers. When patriarchy dismisses us, it encourages our murderers. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: We cannot settle for the pretenses of connection, We cannot settle for the pretenses of connection, or for the parodies of self-love. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: The erotic is a measure between the beginnings The erotic is a measure between the beginnings of our sense of self and the chaos of our strongest feelings. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: How are you practicing what you preach - How are you practicing what you preach - whatever you preach, and who is exactly listening? — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: We are all more blind to what we We are all more blind to what we have than to what we have not. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: I cannot recall the words of my first I cannot recall the words of my first poem but I remember a promise I made my pen never to leave it lying in somebody else's blood. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: All writers have periods when they stop writing, All writers have periods when they stop writing, when they cannot write, and this is always painful and terrible because writing is like breathing ... — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Anger is loaded with information and energy. Anger is loaded with information and energy. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: There is no thing as a single-issue struggle There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: I am my best work - a series I am my best work - a series of road maps, reports, recipes, doodles, and prayers from the front lines. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: We learn to work when we are tired, We learn to work when we are tired, so we can learn to work when we are afraid. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: I feel, therefore I can be free. I feel, therefore I can be free. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: What I leave behind has a life of What I leave behind has a life of its own. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Without community, there is no liberation. Without community, there is no liberation. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Guilt is only another way of avoiding informed Guilt is only another way of avoiding informed action. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Next time, ask: What's the worst that will Next time, ask: What's the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: We have been raised to fear the yes We have been raised to fear the yes within ourselves, our deepest cravings. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: I have died too many deathsthat were not I have died too many deaths
that were not mine. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: I am a Black Lesbian Feminist Warrior Poet I am a Black Lesbian Feminist Warrior Poet Mother, stronger for all my identities, and I am indivisible. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Say what you have to say now! Don't Say what you have to say now! Don't wait until you're sending blips from the other side. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: I do not want to be tolerated, or I do not want to be tolerated, or misnamed. I want to be recognized. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Art is not living. It is a use Art is not living. It is a use of living. The artist has the ability to take that living and use it in a certain way, and produce art. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: It is not our differences that divide us. It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: I am a post-mastectomy woman who believes our I am a post-mastectomy woman who believes our feelings need voice in order to be recognized, respected, and of use. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: I am a bleak heroism of words that I am a bleak heroism of words that refuse to be buried alive with the liars. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: In the recognition of loving lies the answer In the recognition of loving lies the answer to despair. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Hatred is a death wish for the hated, Hatred is a death wish for the hated, not a life wish for anything else. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: My fear of anger taught me nothing. My fear of anger taught me nothing. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: The love expressed between women is particular and The love expressed between women is particular and powerful because we have had to love in order to live; love has been our survival. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Nothing I accept about myself can be used Nothing I accept about myself can be used against me to diminish me. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: The difference between poetry and rhetoricis being ready The difference between poetry and rhetoric
is being ready to kill
yourself
instead of your children. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Who I am is what fulfills me and Who I am is what fulfills me and fulfills the vision I have of the world. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Self-care is not about self-indulgence , it is Self-care is not about self-indulgence , it is about self-preservati on. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: We have too often been expected to speak We have too often been expected to speak
all things to all people and speak everyone else's position
but our own. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: And that visibility which makes us most vulnerable And that visibility which makes us most vulnerable is that which also is the source of our greatest strength. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Somedays, if bitterness were a whetstone, I could Somedays, if bitterness were a whetstone, I could be sharp as grief. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: You can not take down the master's house You can not take down the master's house with the master's tools
Audre Lorde — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: The transformation of silence into language and action The transformation of silence into language and action is an act of self-revelation . — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Black women sharing close ties with each other, Black women sharing close ties with each other, politically or emotionally, are not the enemies of Black men. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Silence has never brought us anything of worth. Silence has never brought us anything of worth. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: For those of us who write, it is For those of us who write, it is necessary to scrutinize not only the truth of what we speak, but the truth of that language by which we speak it. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Change is the immediate responsibility of each of Change is the immediate responsibility of each of us, wherever and however we are standing, in whatever arena we choose. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Anger is an appropriate reaction to racist attitudes, Anger is an appropriate reaction to racist attitudes, as is fury when the actions arising from those attitudes do not change. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: My experience with people who tried to label My experience with people who tried to label me was that they usually did it to either dismiss me or use me. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Those of us forged in the crucibles of Those of us forged in the crucibles of difference know that survival is not an academic skill. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: If I ever really soundedI would ruptureyour eardrumsor If I ever really sounded
I would rupture
your eardrums
or your heart. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: The master's tools will never dismantle the master's The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: Some of our finest writers, organizers, artists, and Some of our finest writers, organizers, artists, and scholars in the 60s as well as today, have been lesbian and gay, and history will bear me out. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: The oppression of women knows no ethnic nor The oppression of women knows no ethnic nor racial boundaries, true, but that does not mean it is identical within those boundaries. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: When times are hard, do something. If it When times are hard, do something. If it works, do it some more. If it does not work, do something else. But keep going. — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde Quotes By Audre Lorde: I am deliberate and afraid of nothing. I am deliberate and afraid of nothing. — Audre Lorde