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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.

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.

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

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.

Our visions begin with our desires.

I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.

I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We've been taught that silence would save us, but it won't.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Only by learning to live in harmony with your contradictions can you keep it all afloat.

Your silence will not protect you.

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.

Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.