Audre Lorde Quotes About Community, Educations

Audre Lorde Quotes About Community, Educations

Audre Lorde, born Audrey Geraldine Lorde, was an American artist, feminist, lesbian, librarian, and civil rights activist from February 18, 1934 to November 17, 1992. She was a self-described "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet," dedicating her life and creative talent to confronting and addressing racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia injustices. She is best known as a poet for her technical mastery and emotional expression, as well as for her poems that express anger and indignation at the civil and social injustices she observed throughout her life.

Audre Lorde Quotes:

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.

Audre Lorde

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

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

There are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt.

Audre Lorde

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

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

Audre Lorde

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Attend me, hold me in your muscular flowering arms, protect me from throwing any part of myself away.

Audre Lorde

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

Black women sharing close ties with each other, politically or emotionally, are not the enemies of Black men.

Audre Lorde

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

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

But the true feminist deals out of a lesbian consciousness whether or not she ever sleeps with women.

Audre Lorde

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

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

Audre Lorde

I can’t really define it in sexual terms alone although our sexuality is so energizing why not enjoy it too?

Audre Lorde

I would like to do another piece of fiction dealing with a number of issues: Lesbian parenting, the 1960’s, and interracial relationships in the Lesbian and Gay community.

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