James A. Baldwin Quotes


83 James A. Baldwin quotes:



"The face of a lover is an unknown, precisely because it is invested with so much of oneself. It is a mystery, containing, like all mysteries, the possibility of torment."
"I want to be an honest man and a good writer."
"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."
"To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time."
"Anyone who has struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor."
"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
"The reason people think it's important to be white is that they think it's important not to be black."
"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."
"An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience."
"The making of an American begins at the point where he himself rejects all other ties, any other history, and himself adopts the vesture of his adopted land."
"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
"Love him and let him love you. Do you think anything else under heaven really matters?"
"Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law."
"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."
"To act is to be committed, and to be committed is to be in danger."
"American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it."
"Most of us are about as eager to be changed as we were to be born, and go through our changes in a similar state of shock."
"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."



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