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  • #1
    “Would I be telling them in order to enrich their education or to enrich myself?”
    Kevin Jennings, One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium: LGBT Educators Speak Out About What's Gotten Better . . . and What Hasn't

  • #2
    Aziz Ansari
    “Finding someone today is probably more complicated and stressful than it was for previous generations—but you’re also more likely to end up with someone you are really excited about. Our”
    Aziz Ansari, Modern Romance: An Investigation

  • #3
    bell hooks
    “Students who excel in active listening also contribute much to the formation of community. This is also true of students who may not speak often but when they speak (sometimes only when reading required writing) the significance of what they have to say far exceeds those of other students who may always openly discuss ideas. And of course there are times when an active silence, one that includes pausing to think before one speaks, adds much to classroom dynamics.”
    Bell Hooks, Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom

  • #4
    bell hooks
    “When everyone in the classroom, teacher and students, recognizes that they are responsible for creating a learning community together, learning is at its most meaningful and useful.”
    Bell Hooks, Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom

  • #5
    bell hooks
    “Thinking is an action. For all aspiring intellectuals, thoughts are the laboratory where one goes to pose questions and find answers, and the place where visions of theory and praxis come together. The heartbeat of critical thinking is the longing to know—to understand how life works. Children are organically predisposed to be critical thinkers. Across the boundaries of race, class, gender, and circumstance, children come into the world of wonder and language consumed with a desire for knowledge. Sometimes they are so eager for knowledge that they become relentless interrogators—demanding”
    Bell Hooks, Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom

  • #6
    bell hooks
    “As a classroom community, our capacity to generate excitement is deeply affected by our interest in one another, in hearing one another’s voices, in recognizing one another’s presence.”
    bell hooks, Teaching To Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

  • #7
    bell hooks
    “Many women do not join organized resis­tance against sexism precisely because sexism has not meant an absolute lack of choices. They may know they are discriminated against on the basis of sex, but they do not equate this with oppres­sion. Under capitalism, patriarchy is structured so that sexism restricts women's behavior in some realms even as freedom from limitations is allowed in other spheres. The absence of extreme re­strictions leads many women to ignore the areas in which they are exploited or discriminated against; it may even lead them to imagine that no women are oppressed.”
    bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

  • #8
    bell hooks
    “The classroom remains the most radical space of possibility in the academy”
    bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

  • #9
    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

  • #10
    Audre Lorde
    “and 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”
    Audre Lorde, The Black Unicorn: Poems

  • #11
    Audre Lorde
    “Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.”
    Audre Lorde

  • #12
    Audre Lorde
    “Pain is important: how we evade it, how we succumb to it, how we deal with it, how we transcend it.”
    Audre Lorde

  • #13
    Audre Lorde
    “My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you. But for every real word spoken, for every attempt I had ever made to speak those truths for which I am still seeking, I had made contact with other women while we examined the words to fit a world in which we all believed, bridging our differences.”
    Audre Lorde, The Cancer Journals

  • #14
    Audre Lorde
    “Black and Third World people are expected to educate white people as to our humanity. Women are expected to educate men. Lesbians and gay men are expected to educate the heterosexual world. The oppressors maintain their position and evade their responsibility for their own actions. There is a constant drain of energy which might be better used in redefining ourselves and devising realistic scenarios for altering the present and constructing the future.”
    Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

  • #15
    Audre Lorde
    “I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.”
    Audre Lorde

  • #16
    Audre Lorde
    “I have a duty to speak the truth as I see it and share not just my triumphs, not just the things that felt good, but the pain, the intense, often unmitigated pain. It is important to share how I know survival is survival and not just a walk throught the rain.”
    Audre Lorde

  • #17
    Audre Lorde
    “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, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

  • #18
    Audre Lorde
    “But the true feminist deals out of a lesbian consciousness whether or not she ever sleeps with women.”
    Audre Lorde

  • #19
    Audre Lorde
    “Unless one lives and loves in the trenches, it is difficult to remember that the war against dehumanization is ceaseless.”
    Audre Lorde

  • #20
    Audre Lorde
    “Without community, there is no liberation.”
    Audre Lorde

  • #21
    Audre Lorde
    “The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot.”
    Audre Lorde

  • #22
    Audre Lorde
    “Tell them about how you're never really a whole person if you remain silent, because there's always that one little piece inside you that wants to be spoken out, and if you keep ignoring it, it gets madder and madder and hotter and hotter, and if you don't speak it out one day it will just up and punch you in the mouth from the inside.”
    Audre Lorde

  • #23
    Audre Lorde
    “The erotic is a measure between the beginnings of our sense of self and the chaos of our strongest feelings. ”
    Audre Lorde

  • #24
    Audre Lorde
    “The erotic has often been misnamed by men and used against women. It has been made into the confused, the trivial, the psychotic, the plasticized sensation. For this reason, we have often turned away from the exploration and consideration of the erotic as a source of power and information, confusing it with its opposite, the pornographic. But pornography is a direct denial of the power of the erotic, for it represents the suppression of true feeling. Pornography emphasizes sensation without feeling.

    The erotic is a measure between the beginnings of our sense of self and the chaos of our strongest feelings. It is an internal sense of satisfaction to which, once we have experienced it, we know we can aspire.”
    Audre Lorde, Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power

  • #25
    Audre Lorde
    “... poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action. Poetry is the way we help give name to the nameless so it can be thought. The farthest horizons of our hopes and fears are cobbled by our poems, carved from the rock experiences of our daily lives.”
    Audre Lorde

  • #26
    Audre Lorde
    “The white fathers told us: I think, therefore I am. The black goddess within each of us - the poet - whispers in our dreams: I feel, therefore I can be free.”
    Audre Lorde

  • #27
    Audre Lorde
    “Nothing I accept about myself can be used against me to diminish me.”
    Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

  • #28
    Audre Lorde
    “We must recognize and nurture the creative parts of each other without always understanding what will be created.”
    Audre Lorde

  • #29
    Audre Lorde
    “The fact that we are here and that I speak these words is an attempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken.”
    Audre Lorde

  • #30
    Audre Lorde
    “We tend to think of the erotic as an easy, tantalizing sexual arousal. I speak of the erotic as the deepest life force, a force which moves us toward living in a fundamental way.”
    Audre Lorde



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