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.     

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Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one's own actions or lack of action.     

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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.     

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The absence of any consideration of lesbian consciousness or the consciousness of third world women leaves a serious gap within this conference     

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Divide and conquer must become define and empower.     

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

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

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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.     

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No fury more righteous than that of a sinner accused of the wrong sin.     

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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.     

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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.     

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We must recognize and nurture the creative parts of each other without always understanding what will be created.     

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Guilt and defensiveness are bricks in a wall against which we all flounder; they serve none of our futures.     

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

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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.     

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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