One fascinating thing about poetry and prose is its ability to transcend generations, especially when the author of those works addressed difficult topics that altered the course of history. The late Audre Lorde did all of that and more. Born in New York to Caribbean parents, she effortlessly entwined African lore and modern existence. Her outspoken demeanor could be sensed in everything she published, bringing light to issues affecting various minority groups that unfortunately still yearn for equal rights today.

As a member of the LGBTQ community, Lorde spoke brazenly about the complexities of being a Black, lesbian woman in the 1970s and 1980s. She merged her personal experiences with her political views to produce a number of pieces that served as the blueprint for how wordsmiths after her followed a similar path.

She's one of the rare people who can be attributed to hundreds of quotes, but these five sayings are a great introduction into the mind of one of the most gifted authors of the 20th century.