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Audre Lorde Quote: “The fact that we are here and that I speak these words is an attempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “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 Quote: “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 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: “Poetry is the way we help give name to the nameless so it can be thought. The farthest horizons of our hopes and fears are cobbled by our poems, carved from the rock experiences of our daily lives.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “What woman here is so enamored of her own oppression that she cannot see her heel print upon another woman’s face?”
Audre Lorde Quote: “For women, then, poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “What I most regretted were my silences. Of what had I ever been afraid?”
Audre Lorde Quote: “We have too often been expected to speak all things to all people and speak everyone else’s position but our own.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “To encourage excellence is to go beyond the encouraged mediocrity of our society.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “I was going to die, if not sooner, then later, whether or not I had ever spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Because the machine will try to grind you into dust anyway, whether or not we speak.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Our visions begin with our desires.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “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 Quote: “And this is a grave responsibility, projected from within each of us, not to settle for the convenient, the shoddy, the conventionally expected, nor the merely safe.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “For women, the need and desire to nurture each other is not pathological but redemptive, and it is within that knowledge that our real power is rediscovered. It is this real connection, which is so feared by a patriarchal world...”
Audre Lorde Quote: “I am not only a casualty, I am also a warrior.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “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 Quote: “I have no creative use for guilt, yours or my own. Guilt is only another way of avoiding informed action, of buying time out of the pressing need to make clear choices, out of the approaching storm that can feed the earth as well as bend the trees.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Those of us forged in the crucibles of difference know that survival is not an academic skill.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “There is no Hierarchy of Oppressions.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “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 Quote: “If they cannot love and resist at the same time, they probably will not survive.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “We must recognize and nurture the creative parts of each other without always understanding what will be created.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Silence has never brought us anything of worth.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “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 Quote: “Anger, used, does not destroy. Hatred does.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “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 Quote: “I have died too many deaths that were not mine.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Every Black woman in America lives her life somewhere along a wide curve of ancient and unexpressed angers.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Guilt and defensiveness are bricks in a wall against which we all flounder; they serve none of our futures.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Each time you love, love as deeply as if it were forever.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “I am a bleak heroism of words that refuse to be buried alive with the liars.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Anger is an appropriate reaction to racist attitudes, as is fury when the actions arising from those attitudes do not change.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “In the recognition of loving lies the answer to despair.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Hatred is a death wish for the hated, not a life wish for anything else.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “You become strong by doing the things you need to be strong for. This is the way genuine learning takes place. That’s a very difficult way to live, but it also has served me. It’s been an asset as well as a liability.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “When you reach out and touch other human beings, it doesn’t matter whether you call it therapy or teaching or poetry.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “The erotic has often been misnamed by men and used against women. It has been made into the confused, the trivial, the psychotic, the plasticized sensation.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “We have to consciously study how to be tender with each other until it becomes a habit because what was native has been stolen from us, the love of Black women for each other.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “The erotic is a measure between the beginnings of our sense of self and the chaos of our strongest feelings. It is an internal sense of satisfaction to which, once we have experienced it, we know we can aspire. For having experienced the fullness of this depth of feeling and recognizing its power, in honor and self-respect we can require no less of ourselves.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “What is there possibly left for us to be afraid of, after we have dealt face to face with death and not embraced it? Once I accept the existence of dying as a life process, who can ever have power over me again?”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Battling racism and battling heterosexism and battling apartheid share the same urgency inside me as battling cancer.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “It is not the destiny of Black America to repeat white America’s mistakes. But we will, if we mistake the trappings of success in a sick society for the signs of a meaningful life.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “For the erotic is not a question only of what we do; it is a question of how acutely and fully we can feel in the doing. Once we know the extent to which we are capable of feeling that sense of satisfaction and completion, we can then observe which of our various life endeavors bring us closest to that fullness.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Art is not living. It is the use of living.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “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 Quote: “There’s always someone asking you to underline one piece of yourself – whether it’s Black, woman, mother, dyke, teacher, etc. – because that’s the piece that they need to key in to. They want to dismiss everything else.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “For 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. Racism and homophobia are real conditions of all our lives in this place and time. I urge each one of us here to reach down into that deep place of knowledge inside herself and touch that terror and loathing of any difference that lives here. See whose face it wears. Then the personal as the political can begin to illuminate all our choices.”
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