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Audre Lorde Quotes

Writer
Born On
1934-02-18
Died On
1992-11-17
Birth Place
Harlem, New York City
Death Place
Christiansted
Birth Sign
aquarius
Father
Frederick Byron Lorde
Mother
Linda Gertrude Belmar Lorde
Spouse
Edward Rollins
Nationality
American
Education
Hunter College High School, New York City, NY (1954), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (one year), Hunter College (1959), MLS, Columbia University (1960)

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

Audre Lorde

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 throu

Audre Lorde

The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot.

Audre Lorde

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

Audre Lorde

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

Audre Lorde

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

Life is very short and what we have to do must be done in the now.

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.

Audre Lorde

Even the smallest victory is never to be taken for granted. Each victory must be applauded.

Audre Lorde

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

Audre Lorde

When we create out of our experiences, as feminists of color, women of color, we have to develop those structures that will present and circulate our culture.

Audre Lorde

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

The sixties were characterized by a heady belief in instantaneous solutions.

Audre Lorde