32 Great Audre Lorde Quotes

32 Great Audre Lorde Quotes

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Audre Lorde was a writer, activist, and feminist from New York City, New York. She was an immigrant from the Caribbean and came to America with her family. She began writing at a very young age even though she was legally blind. She died in 1992 at the age of 58.

“And if my eyes reveal a stanchion of conflicting rebellions I learned from you to define myself through your denials.”

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

“Black women sharing close ties with each other, politically or emotionally, are not the enemies of Black men.”

“Each time you love, love as deeply as if it were forever Only, nothing is eternal.”

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

“Every woman I have ever known has made a lasting impression on my soul.”

“I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.”

“I am who I am, doing what I came to do, acting upon you like a drug or chisel or remind you of your me-ness as I discover you in myself.”

“I can’t really define it in sexual terms alone although our sexuality is so energizing why not enjoy it too?”

“I do not want to be tolerated nor misnamed. I want to be recognized.”

“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. That the
speaking profits me, beyond any other effect.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

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

“Only by learning to live in harmony with your ontradictions can you keep it all afloat..”

“Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.”

“Our visions begin with our desires.”

“Part of 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.”

“Silence has never brought us anything of worth.”

“The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot. ”

“The love expressed between women is particular and powerful because we have had to love in order to live; love has been our survival.”

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

“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.”

“There are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt.”

“We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”

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

“Who I am is what fulfills me and what fulfills the vision I have of a world.”

“You have to learn to love yourself before you can love me or accept my loving.”

“You know how fighting fish do it? They blow bubbles and in each one of those bubbles is an egg and they float the egg up to the surface. They keep this whole heavy nest of eggs floating,
and they’re constantly repairing it. It’s as if they live in both elements.”

“Your silence will not protect you.”