Audre Lorde

Quotes: Audre Lorde

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    I have died too many deaths that were not mine.
    Source: The Black Unicorn: Poems (1995) 22
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    I learned so much from listening to people. And all I knew was, the only thing I had was honesty and openness.
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    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.
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    I started writing because I had a need inside of me to create something that was not there.
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    I train myself for triumph by knowing it is mine no matter what.
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    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.
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    I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We've been taught that silence would save us, but it won't.
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    If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.
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    If our history has taught us anything, it is that action for change directed against the external conditions of our oppressions is not enough.
    Source: Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (2012) 142
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    If you can't change reality, change your perceptions of it.
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    In discussions around the hiring and firing of Black faculty at universities, the charge is frequently heard that Black women are more easily hired than are Black men.
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    In other words, I would be giving in to a myth of sameness which I think can destroy us.
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    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.
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    It is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence.
    Source: Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (2012) 44
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    It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.