Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet Audre Lorde was born 80 years ago today. Here are 10 of Lorde’s many quotes—feel free to add your favorite in the comments section! 

I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.Wherever the bird with no feet flew, she found trees with no limbs.If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.The white fathers told us, I think therefore I am; and the black mothers in each of us--the poet--whispers in our dreams, I feel therefore I can be free.When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard nor welcomed but when we are silent we are still afraid. So it is better to speak remembering we were never meant to survive.Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare.The oppression of women knows no ethnic nor racial boundaries, true, but that does not mean it is identical within those boundaries.The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house.And we must ask ourselves. Who profits from all this?Your silence will not protect you.

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