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36 Gloria Anzaldua Quotes From The Author Of 'Borderlands'

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Born in Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, Gloria E. Anzaldúa quotes are thought-provoking and inspiring.

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Gloria E Anzaldúa is a writer, poet, cultural theorist, and feminist who enriched society through her writing and influenced the perception and understanding of intersectional identities.

Anzaldúa was born in South Texas. As a Chicana woman and she spent her childhood on the Mexico-Texas border.

Anzaldúa famous work includes - 'Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza'; 'This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color'; 'Light in the Dark/Luz en lo Oscuro: Rewriting Identity, Spirituality, Reality; Mestiza Consciousness'; 'La Conciencia de la Mestiza; La Prieta'.

Here are some of her famous quotes. Check our articles too like 'All The Light We Cannot See' quotes and Allen Ginsberg quotes.

Gloria E Anzaldúa Quotes

Gloria Anzaldua 'Borderlands' quotes take the readers into her world. She discusses the anger and isolation of occupying the margins of culture and collective identity.

1.“I am mad - but I choose this madness.”

― Gloria Anzaldúa.

2.“I want the freedom to carve and chisel my own face, to staunch the bleeding with ashes, to fashion my own gods out of my entrails...”

― Gloria Anzaldúa.

3.“To survive the Borderlands you must live sin fronter as be a crossroads.”

― Gloria Anzaldúa.

4.“The U.S-Mexican border es una herida abierta where the Third World grates against the first and bleeds. And before a scab forms it hemorrhages again, the lifeblood of two worlds merging to form a third country — a border culture."

― Gloria E. Anzaldúa.

5. "Borders are set up to define the places that are safe and unsafe, to distinguish us from them."

― Gloria E. Anzaldúa, 'Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza'.

6.“I can't seem to stay out of my own way.”

― Gloria Anzaldua.

7.“All reaction is limited by, and dependant on, what it is reacting against.”

― Gloria Anzaldúa.

8."These my two hands / quick to slap my face / before others could slap it."

― Gloria Anzaldua.

Gloria Anzaldua Quotes On Education

Gloria Anzaldua believes education may change people in the world. Here are a few  Gloria Anzaldua quotes about language and education.

9.“I change myself, I change the world.”

― Gloria Anzaldua.

10."Who is to say that robbing a people of its language is less violent than war?"

― Gloria Anzaldua.

11."Being a writer feels very much like being a Chicana, or being queer – a lot of squirming, coming up against all sorts of walls."

― Gloria Anzaldua.

12. "Because we speak with tongues of fire we are culturally crucified. Racially, culturally and linguistically, we speak an orphan tongue."

― Gloria E. Anzaldúa.

Gloria Anzaldua Quotes About Feminism

Gloria Anzaldua quotes 1987, her writings revolves around language, anger, and immersion of the people into her world.

Anzaldúa self-identifies herself as a feminist in her writings. We have gathered some Gloria Anzaldua quotes on women.

13.“A woman who writes has power, and a woman with power is feared.”

― Gloria E. Anzaldúa.

14."I will have my serpent's tongue - my woman's voice, my sexual voice, my poet's voice. I will overcome the tradition of silence."

― Gloria Anzaldua.

15."She can't take off her color and sex and leave them at the door of her study or studio."

― Gloria E. Anzaldua.

16.“I will have my voice: Indian, Spanish, white. ”

― Gloria E. Anzaldua.

Gloria Anzaldua Quotes About Art

As a person, Gloria Anzaldua was an avid observer of art and spirituality. These have influenced her writings a lot. We have gathered Gloria Anzaldua quotes about dreams, and Gloria Anzaldua quotes about writing style.

17."Write with your eyes like painters, with your ears like musicians, with your feet like dancers."

-Gloria E. Anzaldúa.

18."You are the truthsayer with quill and torch. Write with your tongues of fire. Don't let the pen banish you from yourself."

-Gloria E. Anzaldúa.

19.“Do work that matters. Vale la pena.”

― Gloria E. Anzaldúa.

20.“Nothing happens in the 'real' world unless it first happens in the images in our heads.”

― Gloria Anzaldua.

21.“By writing I put order in the world, give it a handle so I can grasp it.”

-Gloria E. Anzaldúa.

22."The meaning and worth of my writing is measured by how much I put myself on the line and how much nakedness I achieve."

― Gloria E. Anzaldua.

23.“Books saved my sanity, knowledge opened the locked places in me and taught me first how to survive and then how to soar.”

― Gloria E. Anzaldua.

24."The act of writing is the act of making soul, alchemy."

― Gloria E. Anzaldua.

Gloria Anzaldua Quotes Immigration

As both native and foreigner in her home country, Gloria contributed numerous works on border issues. She knows how to tame a wild tongue. Here are Gloria Anzaldua quotes fractured identity and Gloria Anzaldua quotes about being a bridge.

25.“It’s not a comfortable territory to live in, this place of contradictions.”

-Gloria E Anzaldua.

26.“Though we tremble before uncertain futures, may we meet illness, death and adversity with strength, may we dance in the face of our fears.”

― Gloria Anzaldúa.

27."Living on borders and in margins, keeping intact one's shifting and multiple identity and integrity, is like trying to swim in a new element, an 'alien' element."

-Gloria E. Anzaldúa.

28."A borderland is a vague and undetermined place created by the emotional residue of an unnatural boundary. It is in a constant state of transition. The prohibited and forbidden are its inhabitants."

-Gloria E. Anzaldúa.

29."An image is a bridge between evoked emotion and conscious knowledge; words are the cables that hold up the bridge."

― Gloria E. Anzaldúa.

30.“Caminante, no hay puentes, se hace puentes al andar."

(Translation: Voyager, there are no bridges, one builds them as one walks.)

― Gloria Anzaldúa.

31. "The struggle has always been inner, and is played out in outer terrains. Awareness of our situation must come before inner changes, which in turn come before changes in society."

― Gloria E Anzaldúa.

Gloria Anzaldua Quotes Community

Anzaldúa writes about her experiences as a woman of color and the restrictive gender roles that exist within the culture. Here we have listed a few Gloria Anzaldua quotes race.

32."The coming together of two self-consistent but habitually incomparable frames of reference causes un choque, a cultural collision."

― Gloria E. Anzaldúa.

33."The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react."

― Gloria E. Anzaldúa.

34.“Like all people, we perceive the version of reality that our culture communicates. Like others having or living in more than one culture, we get multiple, often opposing messages.”

― Gloria E. Anzaldua.

35."This land was Mexican once, was Indian always and is, and will be again."

― Gloria E. Anzaldúa, 'Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza'.

36."Living in a state of psychic unrest, in a Borderland, is what makes poets write and artists create."

― Gloria E. Anzaldua.

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