Go though the quotes of Audre Lorde about love, poetry, sister outsider and writing. There are the best soul motivational Audre quotes. She was born in February 18, 1934 in New York City, New York, U.S and died on November 17, 1992 (aged 58) in Saint Croix, Virgin Islands, U.S.
Audre Lorde was an American writer womanish, intersectional feminist and civil right activist. She was also serving as poet and best known for civil and social injustices, which she was observed throughout in her life. Her notable works are Zami: A New Spelling of My Name and The Cancer Journals.
Famous Quotes of Audre Lorde (Text & Images):
1.Your silence will not protect you.
2. If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.
3. When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.
4. It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.
5. I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.
6. Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.
7. The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house
8. There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.
9. Revolution is not a one time event.
10. Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.
11. Pain is important: how we evade it, how we succumb to it, how we deal with it, how we transcend it.
12. I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.
13. But the true feminist deals out of a lesbian consciousness whether or not she ever sleeps with women.
14. I am my best work – a series of road maps, reports, recipes, doodles, and prayers from the front lines.
15. Unless one lives and loves in the trenches, it is difficult to remember that the war against dehumanization is ceaseless.
16. Without community, there is no liberation.
17. We have been raised to fear the yes within ourselves, our deepest cravings.
18. The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot.
19. The erotic is a measure between the beginnings of our sense of self and the chaos of our strongest feelings.
20. Poetry is the way we help give name to the nameless so it can be thought.
21. Institutionalized rejection of difference is an absolute necessity in a profit economy which needs outsiders as surplus people.
22. Because the machine will try to grind you into dust anyway, whether or not we speak.
23. We must recognize and nurture the creative parts of each other without always understanding what will be created.
24. If they cannot love and resist at the same time, they probably will not survive.
25. Nothing I accept about myself can be used against me to diminish me.
26. Without community, there is no liberation…but community must not mean a shedding of our differences, nor the pathetic pretense that these differences do not exist.
27. I learned so much from listening to people. And all I knew was, the only thing I had was honesty and openness.
28. Oppressors always expect the oppressed to extend to them the understanding so lacking in themselves.
29. We have to consciously study how to be tender with each other until it becomes a habit.
30. We must be the change we wish to see in the world.
31. Wherever the bird with no feet flew, she found trees with no limbs.
32. We recognize that all knowledge is mediated through the body and that feeling is a profound source of information about our lives
33. A choice of pains. That’s what living was all about.
34. The more I use my strength in the service of my vision the less I am afraid…
35. Learning not to crumple before these uncertainties fuels my resolve to print myself upon the texture of each day fully rather than forever.
36. I cannot shut you out the way I shut the others out, so maybe I can destroy you. Must destroy you?
37. It does not pay to cherish symbols when the substance lies so close at hand.
38. 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.
39. When I dare to be powerful–to use my strength in the service of my vision–then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.
40. There are many kinds of open. . . Love is a word, another kind of open. . . Take my word for jewel in your open light.
41. What better way is there to police the streets of a minority community than to turn one generation against the other?
42. When times are hard, do something. If it works, do it some more. If it does not work, do something else. But keep going.
43. The oppression of women knows no ethnic nor racial boundaries, true, but that does not mean it is identical within those boundaries.
44. Our visions begin with our desires.
45. What gets me about the United States is that it pretends to be honest and therefore has so little room to move toward hope.
46. We are all more blind to what we have than to what we have not.
47. How are you practicing what you preach—whatever you preach, and who is exactly listening?
48. If I do not bring all of who I am to whatever I do, then I bring nothing, or nothing of lasting worth, for I have withheld my essence.
49. places do not change so much as what we seek in them
50. It’s difficult to talk about double messages without having a twin tongue.
51. I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.
52. There is no such thing as a single issue struggle because we do not lead single issue lives.
53. I have been woman for a long time beware my smile I am treacherous with old magic
54. Nobody was dreaming about me. Nobody was even studying me except as something to wipe out.
55. We learn to work when we are tired, so we can learn to work when we are afraid.
56. 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.
57. When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.
58. I cannot recall the words of my first poem but I remember a promise I made my pen never to leave it lying in somebody else’s blood.
59. Some of our finest writers, organizers, artists, and scholars in the 60s as well as today, have been lesbian and gay, and history will bear me out.
60. When you reach out and touch other human beings, it doesn’t matter whether you call it therapy or teaching or poetry.
61. As the light wanes I see what I thought I was anxious to surrender I am only willing to lend
62. In the forefront of our move toward change, there is only poetry to hint at possibility made real.
63. We have been sad long enough to make this earth either weep or grow fertile.