James A. Baldwin Quotes


83 James A. Baldwin quotes:



"People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them."
"It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: Ignorance Quotes
"The only thing that white people have that black people need, or should want, is power-and no one holds power forever."
"The paradox of education is precisely this; that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated."
"The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an immediate knowledge of its ugly side."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: American Author Quotes Vocation Quotes
"The future is like heaven, everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now."
"The writer's greed is appalling. He wants, or seems to want, everything and practically everybody, in another sense, and at the same time, he needs no one at all."
"No people come into possession of a culture without having paid a heavy price for it."
"To be sensual, I think, is to respect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the making of bread."
"The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose."
"It is a great shock at the age of five or six to find that in a world of Gary Coopers you are the Indian."
"The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: Children Quotes
"The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one's key to the experience of others."
"Education is indoctrination if you're white - subjugation if you're black."
"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."
"People can cry much easier than they can change."
"Every legend, moreover, contains its residuum of truth, and the root function of language is to control the universe by describing it."
"Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent."
"I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually."



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