Audre Lorde

Quotes: Audre Lorde

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    Art is not living. It is the use of living.
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    Afraid is a country with no exit visas.
    Source: The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde (2000) 329
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    All writers have periods when they stop writing, when they cannot write, and this is always painful and terrible because writing is like breathing.
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    Anger, used, does not destroy. Hatred does.
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    Attend me, hold me in your muscular flowering arms, protect me from throwing any part of myself away.
    Source: A Burst of Light: and Other Essays (2017) 108
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    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.
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    Black women sharing close ties with each other, politically or emotionally, are not the enemies of Black men.
    Source: Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (2012) 47
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    Black writers, of whatever quality, who step outside the pale of what black writers are supposed to write about, or who black writers are supposed to be, are condemned to silences in black literary circles that are as total and as destructive as any imposed by racism.
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    But the question is a matter of the survival and the teaching. That's what our work comes down to. No matter where we key into it, it's the same work, just different pieces of ourselves doing it.
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    But the true feminist deals out of a lesbian consciousness whether or not she ever sleeps with women.
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    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.
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    Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.
    Source: A Burst of Light: And Other Essays (2017)
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    Differences must be not merely tolerated, but seen as a fund of necessary polarities between which our creativity can spark like a dialectic.
    Source: Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (2012) 111
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    Each time you love, love as deeply as if it were forever.
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    Even the smallest victory is never to be taken for granted. Each victory must be applauded.
    Source: A Burst of Light: and Other Essays (2017) 115
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