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I remember how being young and black and gay and lonely felt.
by 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

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

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


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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.
- Audre Lorde

Our visions begin with our desires.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Black women sharing close ties with each other,
politically or emotionally, are not the enemies of Black men.
- Audre Lorde

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

Your silence will not protect you.
- 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

I can't really define it in sexual terms alone although
our sexuality is so energizing why not enjoy it too?
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
- Confucius

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

When dealing with people, remember you are
not dealing with creatures of logic,
but creatures of emotion.
- Dale Carnegie

When you feel the need to hurry,
remember that everything in life is a CHOICE.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

The more a man can forget, the greater the number
of metamorphoses which his life can undergo,
the more he can remember, the more divine his life becomes.
- Soren Kierkegaard

You can conquer almost any fear
if you will only make up your mind to do so.
For remember, fear doesn't exist
anywhere except in the mind.
- Dale Carnegie

May you never forget what is worth remembering,
or remember what is best forgotten.
- Anonymous

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
- Confucius

Remember, there are no mistakes, only lessons.
Love yourself, trust your choices, and everything is possible.
- Cherie-Carter Scotts

Those who cannot remember the past
are condemned to repeat it.
- George Santayana

I hear and I forget.
I see and I remember.
I do and I understand.
- Chinese proverb

You remember lesson about balance?
Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life.
Whole life have a balance. Everything be better. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

If thy brother wrongs thee,
remember not so much his wrong-doing,
but more than ever that he is thy brother.
- Epictetus

You know that place between sleeping and awake,
that place where you can still remember dreaming?
That's where I'll always think of you.
- James M. Barrie

Remember that the happiest people
are not those getting more, but those giving more.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Remember, upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.
- Alexander the Great

Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual,
you have an obligation to be one.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

In Iroquois society, leaders are encouraged to
remember seven generations in the past and
consider seven generations in the future
when making decisions that affect the people.
- Wilma Mankiller

It is well to remember that the
entire population of the universe,
with one trifling exception, is composed of others.
- Andrew J. Holmes

Remember that life is an ADVENTURE, and cheer Whee...
all the way down the slippery razor-blade of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Remember that not getting what you want
is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Remember that nurturing yourself is as important
(if not more so) as nurturing others.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

When we remember we are all mad,
the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
- Mark Twain

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try to understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.
- Arundhati Roy

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