Audre Lorde Quotes.

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

2. "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."
- Quote by Audre Lorde

3. "I was going to die, sooner or later, whether or not I had even spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silences will not protect you.... What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own need for language." I began to ask each time: "What's the worst that could happen to me if I tell this truth?" Unlike women in other countries, our breaking silence is unlikely to have us jailed, "disappeared" or run off the road at night. Our speaking out will irritate some people, get us called bitchy or hypersensitive and disrupt some dinner parties. And then our speaking out will permit other women to speak, until laws are changed and lives are saved and the world is altered forever. Next time, ask: What's the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it's personal. And the world won't end. And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don't miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution." And at last you'll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking."
- Quote by Audre Lorde

4. "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare."
- Quote by Audre Lorde

5. "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."
- Quote by Audre Lorde

6. "I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own."
- Quote by Audre Lorde

7. "The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house"
- Quote by Audre Lorde

8. "For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us to temporarily beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. Racism and homophobia are real conditions of all our lives in this place and time. I urge each one of us here to reach down into that deep place of knowledge inside herself and touch that terror and loathing of any difference that lives here. See whose face it wears. Then the personal as the political can begin to illuminate all our choices."
- Quote by Audre Lorde

9. "Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge."
- Quote by Audre Lorde

10. "There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives."
- Quote by Audre Lorde

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