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James A. Baldwin Quotes


83 James A. Baldwin quotes:



"The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one's key to the experience of others."
"Love him and let him love you. Do you think anything else under heaven really matters?"
"Education is indoctrination if you're white - subjugation if you're black."
"Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law."
"Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up."
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"The future is like heaven - everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now."
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"The face of a lover is an unknown, precisely because it is invested with so much of oneself. It is a mystery, containing, like all mysteries, the possibility of torment."
"To act is to be committed, and to be committed is to be in danger."
"I want to be an honest man and a good writer."
"American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it."
"Most of us are about as eager to be changed as we were to be born, and go through our changes in a similar state of shock."
"Be careful what you set your heart upon -- for it will surely be yours."
"I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually."
"It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive."
"People can cry much easier than they can change."
"People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned."
"To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time."
"Anyone who has struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor."
"I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain."
"Every legend, moreover, contains its residuum of truth, and the root function of language is to control the universe by describing it."



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