A quote for today…

I’m having trouble today, writing words. When I try to set the words free through my fingers, fear reigns them back in. So, today, I’ll share the words of Audre Lorde until I can gather my own.

Your silences will not protect you…What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own need for language.

Next time, ask: What’s the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it’s personal. And the world won’t end.

And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have discovered your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And at last you’ll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.


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  • Melanie

    Reblogged this on Deliberate Donkey and commented:
    Next time you are questioning your voice, remember these words. Next time you are questioning your tale, remember these words. Next time you are questioning the effect of speaking out, or if it’s really doing anyone any good, remember these words. Commit them to memory; put them where you will see them, and keep speaking.

    • Melanie

      Thank you for sharing this, Sarah. This is so spot-on wonderful it should be on a bronze plaque.

  • Love it. The quote is applicable to so many areas of life. It can speak to people in many different ways.

  • Excellent quote. 🙂

    Having writer’s block is a terrible thing. You know you WANT to say something, but you’re stuck not knowing how. I *loathe* it! But the whole reason I write is because it’s easier to me than speaking. When I talk, I trip over my own words, and can’t think of the accurate way to explain something. Also, there’s no backspace in audible speech.

    Don’t stress too much about not finding words! Have a cup of hot tea or coffee, sit out on a balcony or porch, and let your mind drift. Or, conversely, do the dishes or some other menial chore. I’ve found that both can be helpful in clearing the cobwebs. ^_^

  • wren7

    Love, LOVE this quote. I am saving it. I wish my younger self had read it many years ago when fear ruled my life.