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80 Most Famous Audre Lorde Quotes

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About Audre Lorde Quotes “Audre Lorde was an American writer, feminist, womanist, librarian, and civil rights activist. She was a self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” who “dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing injustices of racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia.” Wikipedia

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“You cannot use someone else’s fire. You can only use your own. And in order to do that, you must first be willing to believe that you have it.” ~ Audre Lorde

“There is nothing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” ~ Audre Lorde

Your silence will not protect you.
Audre Lorde

If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.
Audre Lorde

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.
Audre Lorde

I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.
Audre Lorde

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.
Audre Lorde

Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.
Audre Lorde

And when we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard nor welcomed but when we are silent we are still afraid So it is better to speak remembering we were never meant to survive
Audre Lorde

I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.
Audre Lorde

The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house
Audre Lorde

Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.
Audre Lorde

Revolution is not a one time event.
Audre Lorde

There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.
Audre Lorde

Pain is important: how we evade it, how we succumb to it, how we deal with it, how we transcend it.
Audre Lorde

But the true feminist deals out of a lesbian consciousness whether or not she ever sleeps with women.
Audre Lorde

I am my best work – a series of road maps, reports, recipes, doodles, and prayers from the front lines.

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I find I am constantly being encouraged to pluck out some one aspect of myself and present this as the meaningful whole, eclipsing or denying the other parts of self.
Audre Lorde

Unless one lives and loves in the trenches, it is difficult to remember that the war against dehumanization is ceaseless.
Audre Lorde

Without community, there is no liberation.
Audre Lorde

I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.
Audre Lorde

We have been raised to fear the yes within ourselves, our deepest cravings.
Audre Lorde

Sometimes we are blessed with being able to choose the time, and the arena, and the manner of our revolution, but more usually we must do battle where we are standing.
Audre Lorde

The erotic is a measure between the beginnings of our sense of self and the chaos of our strongest feelings.
Audre Lorde

The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot.
Audre Lorde

Some women wait for themselves around the next corner and call the empty spot peace but the opposite of living is only not living and the stars do not care.
Audre Lorde

Poetry is the way we help give name to the nameless so it can be thought.
Audre Lorde

…and that visibility which makes us most vulnerable is that which also is the source of our greatest strength.
Audre Lorde

I realize that if I wait until I am no longer afraid to act, write, speak, be, I’ll be sending messages on a Ouija board, cryptic complaints from the other side
Audre Lorde

Institutionalized rejection of difference is an absolute necessity in a profit economy which needs outsiders as surplus people.
Audre Lorde

…oppression is as American as apple pie…
Audre Lorde

I soon discovered that if you keep your mouth shut, people are apt to believe you know everything, and they begin to feel freer and freer to tell you anything, anxious to show that they know something, too.
Audre Lorde

We must recognize and nurture the creative parts of each other without always understanding what will be created.
Audre Lorde

What are the words you do not yet have? What do you need to say? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence.
Audre Lorde

For we have been socialized to respect fear more than our own needs for language and definition, and while we wait in silence for that final luxury of fearlessness, the weight of that silence will choke us.
Audre Lorde

We tend to think of the erotic as an easy, tantalizing sexual arousal. I speak of the erotic as the deepest life force, a force which moves us toward living in a fundamental way.
Audre Lorde

I learned so much from listening to people. And all I knew was, the only thing I had was honesty and openness.

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” ~ Audre Lorde

“Tomorrow belongs to those of us who conceive of it as belonging to everyone; who lends the best of ourselves to it, and with joy.” ~ Audre Lorde

“We are all in the process of becoming.” ~ Audre Lorde

“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” ~ Audre Lorde, Audre Lorde quotes on feminism

“The true focus of revolutionary change is never merely the oppressive situations that we seek to escape, but that piece of the oppressor which is planted deep within each of us.” ~ Audre Lorde
“When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” ~ Audre Lorde

“Black and Third World people are expected to educate white people as to our humanity. Women are expected to educate men. Lesbians and gay men are expected to educate the heterosexual world. The oppressors maintain their position and evade their responsibility for their own actions. There is a constant drain of energy which might be better used in redefining ourselves and devising realistic scenarios for altering the present and constructing the future.” ~ Audre Lorde

“Divide and conquer must become define and empower.” ~ Audre Lorde

“The speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don’t miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And at last you’ll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.” ~ Audre Lorde

“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.” ~ Audre Lorde

“… it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence.” ~ Audre Lorde

“The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference.” ~ Audre Lorde

“Unless one lives and loves in the trenches, it is difficult to remember that the war against dehumanization is ceaseless.” ~ Audre Lorde

“Tell them about how you’re never really a whole person if you remain silent, because there’s always that one little piece inside you that wants to be spoken out, and if you keep ignoring it, it gets madder and madder and hotter and hotter, and if you don’t speak it out one day it will just up and punch you in the mouth from the inside.” ~ Audre Lorde

“For we have built into all of us, old blueprints of expectation and response, old structures of oppression and these must be altered at the same time that we alter the living condition which are the result of those structures. For the master’s tool will never dismantle the master’s house.” ~ Audre Lorde

“Anger, used, does not destroy. Hatred does.” ~ Audre Lorde

“Even the smallest victory is never to be taken for granted. Each victory must be applauded.” ~ Audre Lorde

“Sometimes we are blessed with being able to choose the time, and the arena, and the manner of our revolution, but more usually we must do battle where we are standing.” ~ Audre Lorde

“African tradition deals with life as an experience to be lived. In many respects, it is much like the Eastern philosophies in that we see ourselves as a part of a life force; we are joined, for instance, to the air, to the earth. We are part of the whole-life process. We live in accordance with, in a kind of correspondence with the rest of the world as a whole. And therefore living becomes an experience, rather than a problem, no matter how bad or how painful it may be.” ~ Audre Lorde

“Oppression is as American as apple pie.” ~ Audre Lorde

“The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.” ~ Audre Lorde

“I am on the cusp of change and the curve is shifting fast.” ~ Audre Lorde

“If I cannot air this pain and alter it, I will surely die of it. That’s the beginning of social protest.” ~ Audre Lorde

“You are the one that you are looking for.” ~ Audre Lorde

“Revolution is not a one-time event.” ~ Audre Lorde

“Some problems we share as women, some we do not. You [white women] fear your children will grow up to join the patriarchy and testify against you; we fear our children will be dragged from a car and shot down in the street, and you will turn your backs on the reasons they are dying.” ~ Audre Lorde

“Our visions begin with our desires.” ~ Audre Lorde

“I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.” ~ Audre Lorde

“My fullest concentration of energy is available to me only when I integrate all the parts of who I am, openly, allowing power from particular sources of my living to flow back and forth freely through all my different selves, without the restriction of externally imposed definition.” ~ Audre Lorde

“I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.” ~ Audre Lorde

“Whenever a conscious Black woman raises her voice on issues central to her existence, somebody is going to call her strident, because they don’t want to hear about it, nor us. I refuse to be silenced and I refuse to be trivialized, even if I do not say what I have to say perfectly.” ~ Audre Lorde Quotes

“I am still learning – how to take joy in all the people I am, how to use all my selves in the service of what I believe, how to accept when I fail and rejoice when I succeed.” ~ Audre Lorde

“…my experience with people who tried to label me was that they usually did it to either dismiss me or use me.” ~ Audre Lorde

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