Audre Lorde

A Quote by Audre Lorde on courage, silence, death, power, and confidence

In becoming forcibly and essentially aware of my mortality, and of what I wished and wanted for my life, however short it might be, priorities and omissions became strongly etched in a merciless light, and what I most regretted were my silences.  Of what had I ever been afraid?  To question or to speak as I believed could have meant pain, or death.  But we all hurt in so many different ways, all the time, and pain will either change or end.  Death, on the other hand, is the final silence.  And that might be coming quickly, now, without regard for whether I had ever spoken what needed to be said, or had only betrayed myself into small silences, while I planned someday to speak, or waited for someone else's words.  And I began to recognize a source of power within myself that comes from the knowledge that while it is most desirable not to be afraid, learning to put fear into perspective gave me great strength.

Audre Lorde

Source: Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Crossing Press Feminist Series)

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Audre Lorde on courage, fear, silence, and openness

What are the words you do not yet have? What do you need to say? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence?

Audre Lorde

Source: Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Crossing Press Feminist Series)

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Audre Lorde on joy, understanding, and differences

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

Source: Wisdom Quotes

Contributed by: jdp

A Quote by Audre Lorde on feeling, knowledge, and path

Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.

Audre Lorde

Contributed by: Zaady

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