Quotes by Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde

American writer, feminist, womanist, librarian, and civil

Alive from: 1934-1992

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    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.
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    It's possible to take that as a personal metaphor and then multiply it to a people, a race, a sex, a time. If we can keep this thing going long enough, if we can survive and teach what we know, we'll make it.
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    Life is very short and what we have to do must be done in the now.
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    My experience with people who tried to label me was that they usually did it to either dismiss me or use me.
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    My fear of anger taught me nothing.
    Source: Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (2012) 124
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    Once we recognize what it is we are feeling, once we recognize we can feel deeply, love deeply, can feel joy, then we will demand that all parts of our lives produce that kind of joy.
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    One pays a lot, we all pay a lot, for awareness.
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    Only by learning to live in harmony with your contradictions can you keep it all afloat.
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    Oppression is as American as apple pie.
    Source: Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (2012) 114
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    Our visions begin with our desires.
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    Pain is important: how we evade it, how we succumb to it, how we deal with it, how we transcend it.
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    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.
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    Poetry is not a luxury.
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    Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.
    Source: Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (2012) 38
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    Poetry is the way we help give name to the nameless so it can be thought. The farthest horizons of our hopes and fears are cobbled by our poems, carved from the rock experiences of our daily lives.
    Source: Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (2012) 37
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