James A. Baldwin Quotes


83 James A. Baldwin quotes:



"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."
"Education is indoctrination if you're white - subjugation if you're black."
"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."
"Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law."
"Everybody's journey is individual. If you fall in love with a boy, you fall in love with a boy. The fact that many Americans consider it a disease says more about them than it does about homosexuality."
"No people come into possession of a culture without having paid a heavy price for it."
"The power of the white world is threatened whenever a black man refuses to accept the white world's definitions."
"Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time."
"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."
"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
"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"
"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."
"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 is very nearly impossible... to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind."
"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."
"The future is like heaven, everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now."
"The world is before you and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in."
"To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time."



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