Audre Lorde

A Quote by Audre Lorde on birthing

My legs were towers between which
A new world was passing.

Audre Lorde

Source: Cries of The Spirit, Pages: 69 (Now That I Am Forever...)

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A Quote by Audre Lorde on womenswisdom, power, fear, and vision

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

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A Quote by Audre Lorde on glbt

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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…Because the machine will try to grind you into dust anyway, whether or not we speak. We can sit in our corners mute forever while our sisters and our selves are wasted, while our children are distorted and destroyed, while our earth is poisoned; we can sit in our safe corners mute as bottles, and we will still be no less afraid.

Audre Lorde

Source: Sister Outsider: Essays & Speehes

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A Quote by Audre Lorde on pain, transcendence, and confrontation

Pain is important; how we evade it, how we succumb to it, how we deal with it, how we transcend it.

Audre Lorde

Source: unknown

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A Quote by Audre Lorde

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

Audre Lorde

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A Quote by Audre Lorde on dare, powerful, strength, service, vision, and 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

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A Quote by Audre Lorde

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

Audre Lorde

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A Quote by Audre Lorde

"I have found that people who need but do not want are far more difficult to front than people who want without needing,because the latter will take but sometimes give back,whereas the former simply absorb constantly while always looking away or pushing against and taking at the same time.And that is a wasting of substance through lack of acknowledgement of both our energies,and waste is the worst.I know this because I have done them both."

Audre Lorde

Source: the cancer journals

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A Quote by Audre Lorde on feelings and vision

Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.  They are chaotic, sometimes painful, sometimes contradictory, but they come from deep within us.  And we must key into those feelings... This is how new visions begin. 

Audre Lorde

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A Quote by Audre Lorde on fear, survivalism, desperation, courage, hope, and conviction

And when the sun rises we are afraid
it might not remain
when the sun sets we are afraid
it might not rise in the morning
when our stomachs are full we are afraid
of indigestion
when our stomachs are empty we are afraid
we may never eat again
when we are loved we are afraid
love will vanish
when we are alone we are afraid
love will never return
and when we speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard
nor welcomed
but when we are silent
we are still afraid

So it is better to speak
remembering
we were never meant to survive

Audre Lorde

Source: A Litany for Survival

Contributed by: Jessica

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