James A. Baldwin Quotes


83 James A. Baldwin quotes:



"I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all."
"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."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: Love Quotes
"Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within."
"People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them."
"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
"Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck -- but, most of all, endurance."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: Discipline 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
"One is responsible to life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: Darkness Quotes
"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
"Those who say it can't be done are usually interrupted by others doing it."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: Belief Quotes
"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 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 American ideal, after all, is that everyone should be as much alike as possible."
Author: Baldwin Quotes Category: Conformity Quotes
"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."
"But the relationship of morality and power is a very subtle one. Because ultimately power without morality is no longer power."
"The reason people think it's important to be white is that they think it's important not to be black."
"The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience of the people who produced him."
"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."
"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."
"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."



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