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Audre Lorde Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Audre Lorde.

Guilt is only another way of avoiding informed action.
- Audre Lorde

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Your silence will not protect you.
- Audre Lorde

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

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

 

I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.
- Audre Lorde

The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house.
- Audre Lorde

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

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

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

Our visions begin with our desires.
- Audre Lorde

Art is not living.
It is the use of living.
- 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

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

You know how fighting fish do it? They blow bubbles
and in each one of those bubbles is an egg and they
float the egg up to the surface.
They keep this whole heavy nest of eggs floating,
and they're constantly repairing it.
It's as if they live in both elements.
- Audre Lorde

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

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.
- 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

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

It's a struggle but that's why we exist,
so that another generation of Lesbians of color will
not have to invent themselves,
or their history, all over again.
- Audre Lorde

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

We have to consciously study how to be tender with
each other until it becomes a habit because what was
native has been stolen from us,
the love of Black women for each other.
- Audre Lorde

There are lesbians, God knows...
if you came up through lesbian circles in the forties
and fifties in New York...
who were not feminist and would not call themselves feminists.
- 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 sharing close ties with each other,
politically or emotionally, are not the enemies of Black men.
- Audre Lorde

There's always someone asking you to underline one piece of yourself -
whether it's Black,
woman, mother, dyke, teacher, etc.
- because that's the piece that they need to key in to.
They want to dismiss everything else.
- 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.
- Audre Lorde

In other words, I would be giving in to a myth of sameness
which I think can destroy us.
- Audre Lorde

It's possible to take that as a personal metaphor and
then multiply it to a people,
a race, a sex, a time.
If we can keep this thing going long enough,
if we can survive and teach what we know,
we'll make it.
- Audre Lorde

The failure of academic feminists to recognize difference
as a crucial strength is a failure to reach beyond
the first patriarchal lesson.
In our world, divide and conquer must become define and empower.
- 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

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

Part of the lesbian consciousness is an absolute recognition
of the erotic within our lives and,
taking that a step further, dealing with the erotic
not only in sexual terms.
- 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

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

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

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 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

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.
- Audre Lorde

In discussions around the hiring and firing of Black faculty at universities,
the charge is frequently heard that Black women are
more easily hired than are Black men.
- 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

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

Where there is no accusation of "fault,"
there can be no anger.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You go against yourself when you
judge or blame yourself for anything
- don Miguel Ruiz

I Release Myself From All Guilt.
I forgive myself for judging me guilty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be yourself. There is nothing more for you to do
than to be the best YOU that you can be -
with no imitation, no pretense, no guilt, no shame.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I Release Myself From All Guilt.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Guilt is about actions or behavior;
while shame is about the self.
- "Dr. Sanity"

I rest in the light of forgiveness.
I forgive myself and others for that
which is done (and better left undone)
and also that which is not done (and better if done).
I give myself permission to enjoy this moment without guilt.
I freely release all uncertainty, regret, and fear.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Food, love, career, and mothers, the four major guilt groups.
- Cathy Guisewite

Guilt: the gift that keeps on giving.
- Erma Bombeck

Guilt says I've done something wrong;
... shame says there is something wrong with me.
Guilt says I've made a mistake;
... shame says I am a mistake.
Guilt says what did was not good;
... shame says I am no good.
- John Bradshaw

You are not your mind. You, a Spiritual BEing,
are neither your mind nor your body.
Mind and body are your tools - to use as you choose.
Sometimes your body appears to have a will of its own,
as when it twitches or pains.
Likewise, your mind often appears to have its own will.
That incessant chattering of regret, disappointment, guilt,
shame, foreboding, worry, and fear
is your Rattlesnake Mind striking off on its own.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You have to learn to push the guilt
under the rug and move on,
otherwise it overwhelms you.
- the Woody Allen movie Match Point

The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears.
The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Guilt for being rich,
and guilt thinking that perhaps love and peace isn't enough
and you have to go and get shot or something.
- John Lennon

Drop guilt! - because to be guilty is to live in hell.
Not being guilty, you will have the freshness
of dewdrops in the early morning sun,
you will have the freshness of lotus petals in the lake,
you will have the freshness of the stars in the night.
Once guilt disappears you will have
a totally different kind of life, luminous and radiant.
You will have a dance to your feet
and your heart will be singing a thousand and one songs.
- Osho

I am tortured when I am away from my family,
from my children.
I am horribly guilt-ridden.
- Jessica Lange

I think while all mothers deal with feelings of guilt,
working mothers are plagued by guilt on steroids!
- Arianna Huffington

All religions are the same:
Religion is basically guilt, with different holidays.
- Cathy Ladman

I wanted to show a normal young girl whose only difference
was that she behaved in the way a boy might,
without any sense of guilt on a moral or sexual level.
- Roger Vadim

Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt.
- George Sewell

I suffer from Irish-Catholic guilt.
Guilt is a good reality check.
It keeps that 'do what makes you happy' thing in check.
- Edward Burns

I'm not doing my philanthropic work,
out of any kind of guilt,
or any need to create good public relations.
I'm doing it because I can afford to do it,
and I believe in it.
- George Soros

I don't have any gnawing guilt over contributing to
any unhappiness suffered by my husbands.
They were as much to blame as I was.
- Hedy Lamarr

I had a Christian upbringing - it was all about sin and guilt.
I was very happy just kissing people.
I was like the make-out queen - not even second base.
- Mira Sorvino

Repentant tears wash out the stain of guilt.
- Saint Aurelius Augustine

Hard though it may be to accept, remember that guilt
is sometimes a friendly internal voice reminding you that you're messing up.
- Marge Kennedy

I find that people...
very few people think that what they're doing is bad,
and usually the people who think what they're doing
is bad it has more to do with guilt.
- Jon Favreau


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