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Audre Lorde Quote: “Institutionalized rejection of difference is an absolute necessity in a profit economy which needs outsiders as surplus people.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Some words live in my throat breeding like adders. Others know sun seeking like gypsies over my tongue to explode through my lips.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Unless one lives and loves in the trenches, it is difficult to remember that the war against dehumanization is ceaseless.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one’s own actions or lack of action.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “I am a Black Feminist. I mean I recognize that my power as well as my primary oppressions come as a result of my blackness as well as my womaness, and therefore my struggles on both of these fronts are inseparable.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “The white fathers told us: I think, therefore I am. The black goddess within each of us – the poet – whispers in our dreams: I feel, therefore I can be free.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “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 Quote: “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 Quote: “In the cause of silence, each of us draws the face of their own fear – fear of contempt, of censure, or some judgement, or recognition, of challenge, of annihilation. But most of all, I think, we fear the visibility without which we cannot truly live.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Differences must be not merely tolerated, but seen as a fund of necessary polarities between which our creativity can spark like a dialectic.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “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 Quote: “Raising Black children-female and male-in the mouth of a racist, sexist, suicidal dragon is perilous and chancy. If they cannot love and resist at the same time, they will probably not survive.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “I cannot shut you out the way I shut the others out, so maybe I can destroy you. Must destroy you?”
Audre Lorde Quote: “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 Quote: “However, experience has taught us that action in the now is also necessary, always. Our children cannot dream unless they live, they cannot live unless they are nourished, and who else will feed them the real food without which their dreams will be no different from ours? ‘If you want us to change the world someday, we at least have to live long enough to grow up!’ shouts the child.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “I learned so much from listening to people. And all I knew was, the only thing I had was honesty and openness.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “What I leave behind has a life of its own.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Poetry is the way we help give name to the nameless so it can be thought.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “I feel, therefore I can be free.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “In a paradoxical sense, once I accepted my position as different from the larger society as well as from any single-sub-society – black or gay – I felt I didn’t have to try so hard. To be accepted. To look femme. To be straight. To look straight. To be proper. To look “nice”. To be liked. To be loved. To be approved. What I didn’t realize was how much harder I had to try merely to stay alive, or rather, to stay human. How much stronger a person I became in that trying.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “I do not want to be tolerated, or misnamed. I want to be recognized.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Guilt is only another way of avoiding informed action.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “You will never be able to defend your city while shouting.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “You do not have to be me in order for us to fight alongside each other. I do not have to be you to recognize that our wars are the same. What we must do is commit ourselves to some future that can include each other and to work toward that future with the particular strengths of our individual identities. And in order for us to do this, we must allow each other our differences at the same time as we recognize our sameness.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “I am myself, a black woman warrior poet doing my work, come to ask you, are you doing yours? And, of course I am afraid – you can hear it in my voice – because the transformation of silence into language and actions is an act of self-revelation and that always seems fraught with danger.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “I am very, very happy for Alice Walker.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Tenses are a way of ordering the chaos around time.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “We have been raised to fear the yes within ourselves, our deepest cravings.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “How much of this truth can I bear to see and still live unblinded? How much of this pain can I use?”
Audre Lorde Quote: “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 Quote: “I have suckled the wolf’s lip of anger and I have used it for illumination, laughter, protection, fire in places where there was no light, no food, no sisters, no quarter.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Revolution is not a one-time event. It is becoming always vigilant for the smallest opportunity to make a genuine change in established, outgrown responses; for instance, it is learning to address each other’s difference with respect.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “There are no honest poems about dead women.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “The oppression of women knows no ethnic nor racial boundaries, true, but that does not mean it is identical within those boundaries.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “There are many lesbians and gay men trapped by their fear into silence and invisibility, and they exist in a dim valley of terror wearing nooses of conformity.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “We recognize that all knowledge is mediated through the body and that feeling is a profound source of information about our lives.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “The strongest lesson I can teach my son is the same lesson I teach my daughter: how to be who he wishes to be for himself.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “We are all more blind to what we have than to what we have not.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “I am Black because I come from the earth’s inside now take my word for jewel in the open light.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “The difference between poetry and rhetoric is being ready to kill yourself instead of your children.”
Audre Lorde 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: “Somedays, if bitterness were a whetstone, I could be sharp as grief.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Attend me, hold me in your muscular flowering arms, protect me from throwing any part of myself away.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “The fear that we cannot grow beyond whatever distortions we may find within ourselves keeps us docile and loyal and obedient, externally defined, and leads us to accept many facets of our own oppression as women.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “I am a post-mastectomy woman who believes our feelings need voice in order to be recognized, respected, and of use.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “All of our children are prey. How do we raise them not to prey upon themselves and each other? And this is why we cannot be silent, because our silences will come to testify against us out of the mouths of our children.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “You need to reach down and touch the thing that’s boiling inside of you and make it somehow useful.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “You become strong by doing the things you need to be strong for.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Survival is the greatest gift of love.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “If our history has taught us anything, it is that action for change directed against the external conditions of our oppressions is not enough.”
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