James A. Baldwin Quotes


83 James A. Baldwin quotes:



"Europe has what we do not have yet, a sense of the mysterious and inexorable limits of life, a sense, in a word, of tragedy. And we have what they sorely need: a sense of life's possibilities."
"If you're treated a certain way you become a certain kind of person. If certain things are described to you as being real they're real for you whether they're real or not."
"Confronted with the impossibility of remaining faithful to one's beliefs, and the equal impossibility of becoming free of them, one can be driven to the most inhuman excesses"
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: Belief Quotes
"When a man asks himself what is meant by action he proves that he isn't a man of action. Action is a lack of balance. In order to act you must be somewhat insane. A reasonably sensible man is satisfied with thinking."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: Action Quotes
"That's the kind of ad I like, facts, facts, facts."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: Advertising Quotes Facts Quotes
"The American ideal, after all, is that everyone should be as much alike as possible."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: Conformity Quotes
"There are few things more dreadful than dealing with a man who knows he is going under, in his own eyes, and in the eyes of others. Nothing can help that man. What is left of that man flees from what is left of human attention."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: Failure Quotes
"Be careful what you set your heart upon - for it will surely be yours."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: Heart Quotes
"Any honest examination of the national life proves how far we are from the standard of human freedom with which we began. The recovery of this standard demands of everyone who loves this country a hard look at himself, for the greatest achievements must begin somewhere, and they always begin with the person. If we are not capable of this examination, we may yet become one of the most distinguished and monumental failures in the history of nations."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: Freedom Quotes
"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."
"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"
"When one begins to live by habit and by quotation, one has begun to stop living."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: Quotes Quotes
"Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck -- but, most of all, endurance."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: Talent Quotes
"The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out."
"Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor."
"It is only in his music, which Americans are able to admire because a protective sentimentality limits their understanding of it, that the Negro in America has been able to tell his story."
"It is a very rare man who does not victimize the helpless."
"We have all had the experience of finding that our reactions and perhaps even our deeds have denied beliefs we thought were ours."
"Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: Children Quotes
"The future is like heaven - everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: Future Quotes



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