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Audre Lorde Quotes: "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."

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.




Audre Lorde Quotes: "There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives."

There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.




Audre Lorde Quotes: "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare."

Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "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."

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.




Audre Lorde Quotes: "If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive."

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



Audre Lorde Quotes: "I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own."

I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "Tomorrow belongs to those of us who conceive of it as belonging to everyone; who lend the best of ourselves to it, and with joy."

Tomorrow belongs to those of us who conceive of it as belonging to everyone; who lend the best of ourselves to it, and with joy.




Audre Lorde Quotes: "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."

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.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "If I cannot air this pain and alter it, I will surely die of it. That's the beginning of social protest."

If I cannot air this pain and alter it, I will surely die of it. That's the beginning of social protest.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "Divide and conquer must become define and empower."

Divide and conquer must become define and empower.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "Institutionalized rejection of difference is an absolute necessity in a profit economy which needs outsiders as surplus people."

Institutionalized rejection of difference is an absolute necessity in a profit economy which needs outsiders as surplus people.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "Oppression is as American as apple pie."

Oppression is as American as apple pie.




Audre Lorde Quotes: "Unless one lives and loves in the trenches, it is difficult to remember that the war against dehumanization is ceaseless."

Unless one lives and loves in the trenches, it is difficult to remember that the war against dehumanization is ceaseless.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "The true focus of revolutionary change is never merely the oppressive situations that we seek to escape, but that piece of the oppressor which is planted deep within each of us."

The true focus of revolutionary change is never merely the oppressive situations that we seek to escape, but that piece of the oppressor which is planted deep within each of us.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "‎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."

‎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.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "In other words, I would be giving in to a myth of sameness which I think can destroy us."

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



Audre Lorde Quotes: "Sometimes we are blessed with being able to choose the time, and the arena, and the manner of our revolution, but more usually we must do battle where we are standing."

Sometimes we are blessed with being able to choose the time, and the arena, and the manner of our revolution, but more usually we must do battle where we are standing.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival."

I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house."

The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "We tend to think of the erotic as an easy, tantalizing sexual arousal. I speak of the erotic as the deepest life force, a force which moves us toward living in a fundamental way."

We tend to think of the erotic as an easy, tantalizing sexual arousal. I speak of the erotic as the deepest life force, a force which moves us toward living in a fundamental way.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "Revolution is not a one time event."

Revolution is not a one time event.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "I realize that if I wait until I am no longer afraid to act, write, speak, be, I'll be sending messages on a Ouija board, cryptic complaints from the other side"

I realize that if I wait until I am no longer afraid to act, write, speak, be, I'll be sending messages on a Ouija board, cryptic complaints from the other side



Audre Lorde Quotes: "It is not the destiny of Black America to repeat white America's mistakes. But we will, if we mistake the trappings of success in a sick society for the signs of a meaningful life."

It is not the destiny of Black America to repeat white America's mistakes. But we will, if we mistake the trappings of success in a sick society for the signs of a meaningful life.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "Without community, there is no liberation."

Without community, there is no liberation.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "...and that visibility which makes us most vulnerable is that which also is the source of our greatest strength."

...and that visibility which makes us most vulnerable is that which also is the source of our greatest strength.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "I am a bleak heroism of words that refuse to be buried alive with the liars."

I am a bleak heroism of words that refuse to be buried alive with the liars.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "We must wake up knowing we have work to do and go to bed knowing we've done it."

We must wake up knowing we have work to do and go to bed knowing we've done it.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "...my experience with people who tried to label me was that they usually did it to either dismiss me or use me."

...my experience with people who tried to label me was that they usually did it to either dismiss me or use me.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "I am deliberate and afraid of nothing."

I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "Your silence will not protect you."

Your silence will not protect you.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "You are the one that you are looking for."

You are the one that you are looking for.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "One pays a lot, we all pay a lot, for awareness."

One pays a lot, we all pay a lot, for awareness.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "What woman here is so enamored of her own oppression that she cannot see her heel print upon another woman's face?"

What woman here is so enamored of her own oppression that she cannot see her heel print upon another woman's face?



Audre Lorde Quotes: "The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot."

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



Audre Lorde Quotes: "Our visions begin with our desires."

Our visions begin with our desires.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "Life is very short and what we have to do must be done in the now."

Life is very short and what we have to do must be done in the now.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "I was going to die, if not sooner, then later, whether or not I had ever spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you."

I was going to die, if not sooner, then later, whether or not I had ever spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "Nothing I accept about myself can be used against me to diminish me."

Nothing I accept about myself can be used against me to diminish me.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "I want to live the rest of my life, however long or short, with as much sweetness as I can decently manage, loving all the people I love, and doing as much as I can of the work I still have to do."

I want to live the rest of my life, however long or short, with as much sweetness as I can decently manage, loving all the people I love, and doing as much as I can of the work I still have to do.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "When you reach out and touch other human beings, it doesn't matter whether you call it therapy or teaching or poetry."

When you reach out and touch other human beings, it doesn't matter whether you call it therapy or teaching or poetry.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "We are all in the process of becoming."

We are all in the process of becoming.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "Because the machine will try to grind you into dust anyway, whether or not we speak."

Because the machine will try to grind you into dust anyway, whether or not we speak.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "Well, I do not want to be tolerated, nor misnamed. I want to be recognized."

Well, I do not want to be tolerated, nor misnamed. I want to be recognized.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "... it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence."

... it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "I am still learning - how to take joy in all the people I am, how to use all my selves in the service of what I believe, how to accept when I fail and rejoice when I succeed."

I am still learning - how to take joy in all the people I am, how to use all my selves in the service of what I believe, how to accept when I fail and rejoice when I succeed.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "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."

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.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "Each time you love, love as deeply as if it were forever."

Each time you love, love as deeply as if it were forever.



Audre Lorde Quotes: "I started writing because I had a need inside of me to create something that was not there"

I started writing because I had a need inside of me to create something that was not there



Audre Lorde Quotes: "Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge."

Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.