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Audre Lorde Quote: “Only by learning to live in harmony with your contradictions can you keep it all afloat.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “In order to perpetuate itself, every oppression must corrupt or distort those various sources of power within the culture of the oppressed that can provide energy for change.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Change is the immediate responsibility of each of us, wherever and however we are standing, in whatever arena we choose.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Hatred is the fury of those who do not share our goals, and its object is death and destruction. Anger is a grief of distortions between peers, and its object is change.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “And where the words of women are crying to be heard, we must each of us recognize our responsibility to seek those words out, to read them and share them and examine them in their pertinence to our lives.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Every woman I have ever known has made a lasting impression on my soul.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “For within living structures defined by profit, by linear power, by institutional dehumanization, our feelings were not meant to survive.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “I remember how being young and black and gay and lonely felt. A lot of it was fine, feeling I had the truth and the light and the key, but a lot of it was purely hell.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “I want to write rage but all that comes is sadness. We have been sad long enough to make this earth either weep or grow fertile. I am an anachronism, a sport, like the bee that was never meant to fly. Science said so. I am not supposed to exist. I carry death around in my body like a condemnation. But I do live. The bee flies. There must be some way to integrate death into living, neither ignoring it nor giving in to it.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “The black unicorn was mistaken for a shadow or symbol and taken through a cold country where mist painted mockeries of my fury.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “What do we want from each other after we have told our stories.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Afraid is a country with no exit visas...”
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: “We share a common interest, survival, and it cannot be pursued in isolation from others simply because their differences make us uncomfortable.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “When I hear the deepest truths I speak coming out of my mouth sounding like my mother’s, even remembering how I fought against her, I have to reassess both our relationship as well as the sources of my knowing.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “But the true feminist deals out of a lesbian consciousness whether or not she ever sleeps with women.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “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 Quote: “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 Quote: “Oppressed peoples are always being asked to stretch a little more, to bridge the gap between blindness and humanity.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “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 Quote: “Oppressors always expect the oppressed to extend to them the understanding so lacking in themselves.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “I can’t really define it in sexual terms alone although our sexuality is so energizing why not enjoy it too?”
Audre Lorde Quote: “These places of possibility within ourselves are dark because they are ancient and hidden; they have survived and grown strong through that darkness. Within these deep places, each one of us holds an incredible reserve of creativity and power, of unexamined and unrecorded emotion and feeling. The woman’s place of power within each of us is neither white nor surface; it is dark, it is ancient, and it is deep.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “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 Quote: “I have been woman for a long time beware my smile I am treacherous with old magic.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “For to survive in the mouth of this dragon we call america, we have had to learn this first and most vital lesson – that we were never meant to survive.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “As a Black lesbian mother in an interracial marriage, there was usually some part of me guaranteed to offend everybody’s comfortable prejudices of who I should be.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “If you do not learn to hate you will never be lonely enough to love easily nor will you always be brave, although it does not grow any easier. Do not pretend to convenient beliefs, even when they are righteous; you will never be able to defend your city while shouting.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “We must constantly encourage ourselves and each other to attempt the heretical actions that our dreams imply and so many of our old ideas disparage.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “We can train ourselves to respect our feelings and to transpose them into a language so they can be shared.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Out of my flesh that hungers and my mouth that knows comes the shape I am seeking for reason.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “We have to consciously study how to be tender with each other until it becomes a habit.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “It’s a struggle but that’s why we exist, so that another generation of Lesbians of color will not have to invent themselves, or their history, all over again.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one’s own actions or lack of action. If it leads to change then it can be useful, since it is then no longer guilt but the beginning of knowledge. Yet all too often, guilt is just another name for impotence, for defensiveness destructive of communication; it becomes a device to protect ignorance and the continuation of things the way they are, the ultimate protection for changelessness.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Who I am is what fulfills me and fulfills the vision I have of the world.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “My fear of anger taught me nothing.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “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 Quote: “The failure of academic feminists to recognize difference as a crucial strength is a failure to reach beyond the first patriarchal lesson. In our world, divide and conquer must become define and empower.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “You always learn from observing. You have to pick things up nonverbally because people will never tell you what you’re supposed to know. You have to get it for yourself: whatever it is that you need in order to survive. You become strong by doing the things you need to be strong for. This is the way genuine learning takes place.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Our persistence in examining the tensions within diversity encourages growth toward our common goal. So often we either ignore the past or romanticize it, render the reason for unity useless or mythic. We forget that the necessary ingredient needed to make the past work for the future is our energy in the present, metabolizing one into the other. Continuity does not happen automatically, nor is it a passive process. The.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Black women sharing close ties with each other, politically or emotionally, are not the enemies of Black men.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Women see ourselves diminished or softened by the falsely benign accusations of childishness, of nonuniversality, of changeability, of sensuality.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “When you are a member of an out-group, and you challenge others with whom you share this outsider position to examine some aspect of their lives that distorts differences between you, then there can be a great deal of pain.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Men who are afraid to feel must keep women around to do their feeling for them while dismissing us for the same supposedly “inferior” capacity to feel deeply. But in this way also, men deny themselves their own essential humanity, becoming trapped in dependency and fear.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “The quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring about through those lives.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “Black women are programmed to define ourselves within this male attention and to compete with each other for it rather than to recognize and move upon our common interests.”
Audre Lorde 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: “A choice of pains. That’s what living was all about.”
Audre Lorde Quote: “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.”
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