Audre Lorde

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Audre Geraldine Lorde (February 18, 1934November 17, 1992) was a multi-faceted writer and activist.


  • When I speak of the erotic, then I speak of it as an assertion of the life force of women; of that creative energy empowered, the knowledge and use of which we are now reclaiming in our language, our history, our dancing, our loving, our work, our lives.
    • entry for June 26 Living Life Fully in Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much, Anne Wilson Schaef, c. 1990
  • 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 Cancer Journals, Special Edition, Aunt Lute Books, San Francisco, CA, 1997, p. 13.
  • Each time you love, love as deeply as if it were forever / Only, nothing is eternal.
    • Undersong
  • 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. That the speaking profits me, beyond any other effect.
    • essay "The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action", in Sister Outsider
  • Your silence will not protect you.
    • essay "The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action", in Sister Outsider
  • I am who I am, doing what I came to do, acting upon you like a drug or chisel to remind you of your me-ness as I discover you in myself.
    • essay "Eye to Eye", in Sister Outsider
  • 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.
    • essay "Eye to Eye", in Sister Outsider
  • The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house.
    • essay "The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House", in Sister Outsider
  • I have always wanted to be both man and woman, to incorporate the strongest and richest parts of my mother and father within/into me — to share valleys and mountains upon my body the way the earth does in hills and peaks.
    • Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

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