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It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.
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.
There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.
Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.
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.
If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.
I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.
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.
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.
If I cannot air this pain and alter it, I will surely die of it. That's the beginning of social protest.
Divide and conquer must become define and empower.
Institutionalized rejection of difference is an absolute necessity in a profit economy which needs outsiders as surplus people.
Oppression is as American as apple pie.
Unless one lives and loves in the trenches, it is difficult to remember that the war against dehumanization is ceaseless.
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.
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.
In other words, I would be giving in to a myth of sameness which I think can destroy us.
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.
I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.
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.
The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house.
Revolution is not a one time event.
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
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.
Without community, there is no liberation.
...and that visibility which makes us most vulnerable is that which also is the source of our greatest strength.
I am a bleak heroism of words that refuse to be buried alive with the liars.
...my experience with people who tried to label me was that they usually did it to either dismiss me or use me.
We must wake up knowing we have work to do and go to bed knowing we've done it.
I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.
Your silence will not protect you.
You are the one that you are looking for.
One pays a lot, we all pay a lot, for awareness.
What woman here is so enamored of her own oppression that she cannot see her heel print upon another woman's face?
Our visions begin with our desires.
The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot.
Life is very short and what we have to do must be done in the now.
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.
Nothing I accept about myself can be used against me to diminish me.
We are all in the process of becoming.
When you reach out and touch other human beings, it doesn't matter whether you call it therapy or teaching or poetry.
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.
Because the machine will try to grind you into dust anyway, whether or not we speak.
Well, I do not want to be tolerated, nor misnamed. I want to be recognized.
... it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence.
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.
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.
Each time you love, love as deeply as if it were forever.
I started writing because I had a need inside of me to create something that was not there
Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.