53 Total Quotes

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.
Audre Lorde
#American Poet

Our visions begin with our desires.
Audre Lorde
#American Poet

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
#Fear

When I use my strength in the service of may vision it makes no difference whether or not I am afraid.
Audre Lorde
#Service

I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.
Audre Lorde
#American Poet

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
#American Poet #Believe

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.
Audre Lorde
#American Poet

Even the smallest victory is never to be taken for granted. Each victory must be applauded...
Audre Lorde
#Victory

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
#American Poet

Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge
Audre Lorde
#Feelings

The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference.
Audre Lorde
#American Poet

Silence has never brought us anything of worth
Audre Lorde
#Silence

There are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt.
Audre Lorde
#American Poet

Life is very short and what we have to do must be done in the now.
Audre Lorde
#American Poet

The quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring about through those lives.
Audre Lorde
#American Poet

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.
Audre Lorde
#American Poet

The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot.
Audre Lorde
#American Poet

As we come to know, accept, and explore our feelings, they will become sanctuaries and fortresses and spawning grounds for the most radical and daring of ideas-the house of difference so necessary to change and the conceptualization of any meaningful action.
Audre Lorde
#Feelings

I am very, very happy for Alice Walker.
Audre Lorde
#American Poet

Art is not living. It is the use of living.
Audre Lorde
#American Poet

Attend me, hold me in your muscular flowering arms, protect me from throwing any part of myself away.
Audre Lorde
#American Poet

Black women are programmed to define ourselves within this male attention and to compete with each other for it rather than to recognize and move upon our common interests.
Audre Lorde
#American Poet

Black women sharing close ties with each other, politically or emotionally, are not the enemies of Black men.
Audre Lorde
#American Poet

Black writers, of whatever quality, who step outside the pale of what black writers are supposed to write about, or who black writers are supposed to be, are condemned to silences in black literary circles that are as total and as destructive as any imposed by racism.
Audre Lorde
#American Poet

But the question is a matter of the survival and the teaching. That's what our work comes down to. No matter where we key into it, it's the same work, just different pieces of ourselves doing it.
Audre Lorde
#American Poet

But the true feminist deals out of a lesbian consciousness whether or not she ever sleeps with women.
Audre Lorde
#American Poet

But, on the other hand, I get bored with racism too and recognize that there are still many things to be said about a Black person and a White person loving each other in a racist society.
Audre Lorde
#American Poet

Each time you love, love as deeply as if it were forever.
Audre Lorde
#American Poet

I can't really define it in sexual terms alone although our sexuality is so energizing why not enjoy it too?
Audre Lorde
#American Poet