James A. Baldwin Quotes


83 James A. Baldwin quotes:



"Those who say it can't be done are usually interrupted by others doing it."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: Belief Quotes
"Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck -- but, most of all, endurance."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: Discipline Quotes
"Americans, unhappily, have the most remarkable ability to alchemize all bitter truths into an innocuous but piquant confection and to transform their moral contradictions, or public discussion of such contradictions, into a proud decoration, such as are given for heroism on the battle field."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: America Quotes
"The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: Glory Quotes
"Freedom is not something that anybody can be given; Freedom is something that people take and people are as free as they want to be."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: Freedom Quotes
"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."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: Hate Quotes
"The young think that failure is the Siberian end of the line, banishment from all the living, and tend to do what I then did--which was to hide."
"It is very nearly impossible... to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind."
"The world is before you and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in."
"He may be a very nice man. But I haven't got the time to figure that out. All I know is, he's got a uniform and a gun and I have to relate to him that way. That's the only way to relate to him because one of us may have to die."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: Police Quotes
"I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all."
"Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable."
"Fires can't be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks."
"People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead."
"Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within."
"But the relationship of morality and power is a very subtle one. Because ultimately power without morality is no longer power."
"The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid; the state of being alone."
"Rage cannot be hidden, it can only be dissembled. This dissembling deludes the thoughtless, and strengthens rage and adds, to rage, contempt."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: Anger Quotes
"Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: American Author Quotes Affliction Quotes
"The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: Knowledge Quotes



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