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James     Baldwin, The Fire Next Time Quotes: "The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose."

The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.



James     Baldwin, The Fire Next Time Quotes: "People always seem to band together in accordance to a principle that has nothing to do with love, a principle that releases them from personal responsibility. (p. 81)"

People always seem to band together in accordance to a principle that has nothing to do with love, a principle that releases them from personal responsibility. (p. 81)



James     Baldwin, The Fire Next Time Quotes: "...all the fears with which I had grown up, and which were now a part of me and controlled my vision of the world, rose up like a wall between the world and me..."

...all the fears with which I had grown up, and which were now a part of me and controlled my vision of the world, rose up like a wall between the world and me...



James     Baldwin, The Fire Next Time Quotes: "A civilization is not destroyed by wicked people it is not necessary that people be wicked but only that they be spineless."

A civilization is not destroyed by wicked people it is not necessary that people be wicked but only that they be spineless.



James     Baldwin, The Fire Next Time Quotes: "Anyway, I have long had a very definite tendency to tune out the moment I come anywhere near either a pulpit or a soapbox."

Anyway, I have long had a very definite tendency to tune out the moment I come anywhere near either a pulpit or a soapbox.




James     Baldwin, The Fire Next Time Quotes: "It demands great spiritual resilience not to hate the hater whose foot is on your neck, and an even greater miracle of perception and charity not to teach your child to hate."

It demands great spiritual resilience not to hate the hater whose foot is on your neck, and an even greater miracle of perception and charity not to teach your child to hate.



James     Baldwin, The Fire Next Time Quotes: "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."

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.



James     Baldwin, The Fire Next Time Quotes: "I know that people can be better than they are. We are capable of bearing a great burden, once we discover that the burden is reality and arrive where reality is."

I know that people can be better than they are. We are capable of bearing a great burden, once we discover that the burden is reality and arrive where reality is.



James     Baldwin, The Fire Next Time Quotes: "If you know whence you came, there is really no limit to where you can go."

If you know whence you came, there is really no limit to where you can go.



James     Baldwin, The Fire Next Time Quotes: "Whoever debases others is debasing himself."

Whoever debases others is debasing himself.



James     Baldwin, The Fire Next Time Quotes: "Whose little boy are you?"

Whose little boy are you?



James     Baldwin, The Fire Next Time Quotes: "If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we got rid of Him."

If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we got rid of Him.



James     Baldwin, The Fire Next Time Quotes: "Other people cannot see what I see whenever I look into your father's face, for behind your father's face as it is today are all those other faces which were his."

Other people cannot see what I see whenever I look into your father's face, for behind your father's face as it is today are all those other faces which were his.