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quote by Audre Lorde: So it is better to speak, remembering we were never meant to survive. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

So it is better to speak, remembering we were never meant to survive.

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: I am a Black Lesbian Feminist Warrior Poet Mother, stronger for all my identities, and I am indivisible. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

I am a Black Lesbian Feminist Warrior Poet Mother, stronger for all my identities, and I am indivisible.

--Audre Lorde
quote by 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. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

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
quote by Audre Lorde: The transformation of silence into language and action is an act of self-revelation . with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

The transformation of silence into language and action is an act of self-revelation .

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: Anger is loaded with information and energy. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

Anger is loaded with information and energy.

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: I started writing because I had a need inside of me to create something that was not there. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

I started writing because I had a need inside of me to create something that was not there.

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: You are the one that you are looking for. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

You are the one that you are looking for.

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: Women are powerful and dangerous. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

Women are powerful and dangerous.

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: My anger has meant pain to me but it has also meant survival, and before I give it up I'm going to be sure that there is something at least as powerful to replace it on the road to clarity. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

My anger has meant pain to me but it has also meant survival, and before I give it up I'm going to be sure that there is something at least as powerful to replace it on the road to clarity.

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: Divide and conquer must become define and empower. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

Divide and conquer must become define and empower.

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: Nothing I accept about myself can be used against me to diminish me. I am who I am, doing what I came to do, acting upon you like a drug or a chisel to remind you of your me-ness, as I discover you i… with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

Nothing I accept about myself can be used against me to diminish me. I am who I am, doing what I came to do, acting upon you like a drug or a chisel to remind you of your me-ness, as I discover you in myself.

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: 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. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

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
quote by Audre Lorde: I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.

--Audre Lorde

quote by Audre Lorde: Black women have on one hand always been highly visible, and so, on the other hand, have been rendered invisible through the depersonalization of racism. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

Black women have on one hand always been highly visible, and so, on the other hand, have been rendered invisible through the depersonalization of racism.

--Audre Lorde

Longer Version:

The principal horror of any system which defines the good in terms of profit rather than in terms of human need, or which defines the human need to the exclusion of the psychic and emotional components of that need -- the principal horror of such a system is that it robs our work of its erotic value, its erotic power and life appeal and fulfillment. Such a system reduces work to a travesty of necessities, a duty by which we earn bread or oblivion for ourselves and those we love. But this is tantamount to blinding a painter and then telling her to improve her work, and to enjoy the act of painting. It's not only next to impossible, it is also profoundly cruel.




quote by Audre Lorde: There are no new pains. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

There are no new pains.

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: Wherever the bird with no feet flew, she found trees with no limbs. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

Wherever the bird with no feet flew, she found trees with no limbs.

--Audre Lorde

quote by Audre Lorde: But the true feminist deals out of a lesbian consciousness whether or not she ever sleeps with women. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

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

--Audre Lorde

quote by Audre Lorde: We must recognize and nurture the creative parts of each other without always understanding what will be created. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

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

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: And that visibility which makes us most vulnerable is that which also is the source of our greatest strength. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

And that visibility which makes us most vulnerable is that which also is the source of our greatest strength.

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: I became more courageous by doing the very things I needed to be courageous for-first, a little, and badly. Then, bit by bit, more and better. Being avidly-sometimes annoy-ingly-curious and persisten… with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

I became more courageous by doing the very things I needed to be courageous for-first, a little, and badly. Then, bit by bit, more and better. Being avidly-sometimes annoy-ingly-curious and persistent about discovering how others were doing what I wanted to do.

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: Tomorrow belongs to those of us who conceive of it as belonging to everyone; who lend the best of ourselves to it, and with joy. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

Tomorrow belongs to those of us who conceive of it as belonging to everyone; who lend the best of ourselves to it, and with joy.

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.

--Audre Lorde

Longer Version:

Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge. They are chaotic, sometimes painful, sometimes contradictory, but they come from deep within us. And we must key into those feelings... This is how new visions begin.


quote by 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. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

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
quote by Audre Lorde: Pain is important: how we evade it, how we succumb to it, how we deal with it, how we transcend it. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

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

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: Each time you love, love as deeply as if it were forever -- only, nothing is eternal. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

Each time you love, love as deeply as if it were forever -- only, nothing is eternal.

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: There are lesbians, God knows... if you came up through lesbian circles in the forties and fifties in New York... who were not feminist and would not call themselves feminists. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

There are lesbians, God knows... if you came up through lesbian circles in the forties and fifties in New York... who were not feminist and would not call themselves feminists.

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: The sixties were characterized by a heady belief in instantaneous solutions. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

The sixties were characterized by a heady belief in instantaneous solutions.

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: Part of the lesbian consciousness is an absolute recognition of the erotic within our lives and, taking that a step further, dealing with the erotic not only in sexual terms. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

Part of the lesbian consciousness is an absolute recognition of the erotic within our lives and, taking that a step further, dealing with the erotic not only in sexual terms.

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: But, on the other hand, I get bored with racism too and recognize that there are still many things to be said about a Black person and a White person loving each other in a racist society. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

But, on the other hand, I get bored with racism too and recognize that there are still many things to be said about a Black person and a White person loving each other in a racist society.

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: Attend me, hold me in your muscular flowering arms, protect me from throwing any part of myself away. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

Attend me, hold me in your muscular flowering arms, protect me from throwing any part of myself away.

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: Art is not living. It is the use of living. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

Art is not living. It is the use of living.

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: I would like to do another piece of fiction dealing with a number of issues: Lesbian parenting, the 1960's, and interracial relationships in the Lesbian and Gay community. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

I would like to do another piece of fiction dealing with a number of issues: Lesbian parenting, the 1960's, and interracial relationships in the Lesbian and Gay community.

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We've been taught that silence w… with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We've been taught that silence would save us, but it won't.

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house.

--Audre Lorde

Longer Version:

The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house. They may allow us to temporarily beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change.


quote by Audre Lorde: It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

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

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: Life is very short and what we have to do must be done in the now. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

Life is very short and what we have to do must be done in the now.

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: In other words, I would be giving in to a myth of sameness which I think can destroy us. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

In other words, I would be giving in to a myth of sameness which I think can destroy us.

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: When I use my strength in the service of my vision it makes no difference whether or not I am afraid. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

When I use my strength in the service of my vision it makes no difference whether or not I am afraid.

--Audre Lorde
quote by Audre Lorde: 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. with background image: photo of author Audre Lorde with quote

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

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