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The 30 Most Inspiring Audre Lorde Quotes Ever

Audre Lorde was an activist who stood loud and proud against injustice for anyone who couldn't understand the term 'different'. She was a full blow non-conformist who held a strong voice for LGBT. Audre was a hero and she considered herself a 'black lesbian feminist mother warrior poet' who brought awareness and challenged society against sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, and ageism. Here is the ultimate list of inspiring Audre Lorde quotes that can hopefully give you the strength to be proud of being different and to celebrate your uniqueness.

1.) Embrace Being Different:

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

2.) The Magic Lies In The Now:

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

3.) Love Deeply:

"Each time you love, love as deeply as if it were forever." - Audre Lorde

4.) Never Fear To Be Heard:

"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

5.) Define Yourself:

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

6.) Let Your Vision Guide You Rather Than Fear:

“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

7.) 'Difference' Is A Gift:

"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

8.) People Always Judge:

"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

9.) Stand Strong For What You Believe:

“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

10.) Share The Joy:

"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


"Your silence will not protect you." - Audre Lorde

12.) Define And Empower:

"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

13.) Survival & Teaching:

“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


"We are powerful because we have survived." - Audre Lorde

15.) On The Human Race Pushing Forward:

“Even the smallest victory is never to be taken for granted. Each victory must be applauded.” - Audre Lorde

16.) On Real Revolution:

"Revolution is not a onetime event.” - Audre Lorde

17.) An Audre Lorde Quote About Her Vision:

"Who I am is what fulfills me and what fulfills the vision I have of a world." - Audre Lorde

18.) Keep Changing Keep Growing:

"The fear of death is that you are dying too soon. Nobody wants to, but at the point that you die you can pray that you are no longer the same person. I pray that when I am about to die I will not be the same person that I am now.” - Audre Lorde

19.) A Thought Provoking Perspective:

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

20.) Go Against The Grain Of Mediocrity:

"To encourage excellence is to go beyond the encouraged mediocrity of our society." - Audre Lorde


“As we come to know, accept, and explore our feelings, they will become sanctuaries and fortresses and spawning grounds for the most radical and daring of ideas -- the house of difference so necessary to change and the conceptualization of any meaningful action." - Audre Lorde

22.) Unlearn The Fear You've Been Taught To Respect:

“For we have been socialized to respect fear more than our own needs for language and definition, and while we wait in silence for that final luxury of fearlessness, the weight of that silence will choke us.” - Audre Lorde

23.) Feelings Are A Guide Mechanism:

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

24.) Break Free From The Subconscious Beliefs:

“The true focus of revolutionary change is never merely the oppressive situations that we seek to escape, but that piece of the oppressor which is planted deep within each of us.” - Audre Lorde

25.) An Audre Lorde Quote About Guilt:

“Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one’s own actions or lack of action. If it leads to change then it can be useful, since it is then no longer guilt but the beginning of knowledge. Yet all too often, guilt is just another name for impotence, for defensiveness destructive of communication; it becomes a device to protect ignorance and the continuation of things the way they are, the ultimate protection for changelessness.” - Audre Lorde

26.) We Were Raised To Fear:

“We have been raised to fear the yes within ourselves, our deepest cravings.” - Audre Lorde

27.) Don't Wait For The Perfect Moment For Change:

“Sometimes we are blessed with being able to choose the time, and the arena, and the manner of our revolution, but more usually we must do battle where we are standing.” - Audre Lorde


“Difference is that raw and powerful connection from which our personal power is forged... We have been taught to either ignore our differences or to view them as causes for separation and suspicion rather than as forces for change. Without community, there is no liberation, only the most vulnerable and temporary armistice between an individual and her oppression... Survival is learning to take our difference and make them strengths." - Audre Lorde


“The strongest lesson I can teach my son is the same lesson I teach my daughter: how to be who he wishes to be for himself. And the best way I can do this is to be who I am and hope that he will learn from this not how to be me, which is not possible, but how to be himself. And this means how to move to that voice from within himself, rather than to those raucous, persuasive, or threatening voices from outside, pressuring him to be what the world wants him to be.” - Audre Lorde

30.) Rage And Serenity:

“My anger has meant pain to me but it has also meant survival, and before I give it up I'm going to be sure that there is something at least as powerful to replace it on the road to clarity.” - Audre Lorde

Bonus Audre Lorde Quote:

"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

In the comments section below our sources, please let us know which Audre Lorde quotes inspired you the most, and if you have found a better one not on this list, please let us know! P.S - You Are An Authentic Genius - Find that unique power within...

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