Audre Lorde Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Audre Lorde quotes, Audre Lorde sayings, and Audre Lorde proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. Audre Lorde
Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge. Audre Lorde
Your silence will not protect you. 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
Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one's own actions or lack of action. 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
The absence of any consideration of lesbian consciousness or the consciousness of third world women leaves a serious gap within this conference Audre Lorde
Divide and conquer must become define and empower. Audre Lorde
The true feminist deals out of a lesbian consciousness whether or not she ever sleeps with women. Audre Lorde
But the true feminist deals out of a lesbian consciousness whether or not she ever sleeps with women. 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
No fury more righteous than that of a sinner accused of the wrong sin. 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
Stoicism and silence does not serve us nor our communities, only the forces of things as they are. Audre Lorde
Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one's own actions or lack of action. Audre Lorde
It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. Audre Lorde
It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. Audre Lorde
Unless one lives and loves in the trenches, it is difficult to remember that the war against dehumanization is ceaseless. Audre Lorde
We must recognize and nurture the creative parts of each other without always understanding what will be created. Audre Lorde
Guilt and defensiveness are bricks in a wall against which we all flounder; they serve none of our futures. Audre Lorde
The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house. Audre Lorde
If I cannot air this pain and alter it, I will surely die of it. That's the beginning of social protest. Audre Lorde
The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house. 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
Once we recognize what we are feeling, once we recognize we can feel deeply, love deeply, can feel joy, then we will demand that all parts of our lives produce that kind of joy. 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 am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own. 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
There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives. Audre Lorde
Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation. Audre Lorde