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James     Baldwin Quotes: "It is a great shock at the age of 5 or 6 to find that in a world of Gary Coopers you are the Indian."

It is a great shock at the age of 5 or 6 to find that in a world of Gary Coopers you are the Indian.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "The South is very beautiful but its beauty makes one sad because the lives that people live here, and have lived here, are so ugly."

The South is very beautiful but its beauty makes one sad because the lives that people live here, and have lived here, are so ugly.



James     Baldwin 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 Quotes: "We have all had the experience of finding that our reactions and perhaps even our deeds have denied beliefs we thought were ours."

We have all had the experience of finding that our reactions and perhaps even our deeds have denied beliefs we thought were ours.



James     Baldwin 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 Quotes: "The power to define the other seals one's definition of oneself."

The power to define the other seals one's definition of oneself.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "We held each other so close that we might indeed have been one body."

We held each other so close that we might indeed have been one body.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch."

Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but, most of all, endurance."

Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but, most of all, endurance.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "But the relationship of morality and power is a very subtle one. Because ultimately power without morality is no longer power."

But the relationship of morality and power is a very subtle one. Because ultimately power without morality is no longer power.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "This world is white no longer and it will never be white again."

This world is white no longer and it will never be white again.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "All art is a kind of confession more or less oblique. All artists if they are to survive are forced at last to tell the whole story to vomit the anguish up."

All art is a kind of confession more or less oblique. All artists if they are to survive are forced at last to tell the whole story to vomit the anguish up.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "If you know from whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations on where you can go."

If you know from whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations on where you can go.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself."

I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "You know and I know that the country is celebrating one hundred years of freedom one hundred years too early. We cannot be free until they are free."

You know and I know that the country is celebrating one hundred years of freedom one hundred years too early. We cannot be free until they are free.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "Ain't no such thing as a little fault or a big fault. Satan get his foot in the door, he ain't going to rest till he's in the room. You is in the Word or you ain't--ain't no halfway with God."

Ain't no such thing as a little fault or a big fault. Satan get his foot in the door, he ain't going to rest till he's in the room. You is in the Word or you ain't--ain't no halfway with God.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "You can not describe anything without betraying your point of view, your aspirations, your fears, your hopes. Everything."

You can not describe anything without betraying your point of view, your aspirations, your fears, your hopes. Everything.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "And here I was, left with only myself to deal with. It was entirely up to me."

And here I was, left with only myself to deal with. It was entirely up to me.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "I do a lot of rewriting. It’s very painful."

I do a lot of rewriting. It’s very painful.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "Education is indoctrination if you're white - subjugation if you're black."

Education is indoctrination if you're white - subjugation if you're black.



James     Baldwin 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 Quotes: "We live in a nation of pigs and murderers."

We live in a nation of pigs and murderers.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "...they ain't never met nobody they didn't lie to and steal from."

...they ain't never met nobody they didn't lie to and steal from.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "Sin is the only heritage of the natural man..."

Sin is the only heritage of the natural man...



James     Baldwin Quotes: "Experience which destroys innocence also leads one back to it."

Experience which destroys innocence also leads one back to it.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "I can't be a pessimist because I'm alive. To be a pessimist means that you have agreed that human life is an academic matter."

I can't be a pessimist because I'm alive. To be a pessimist means that you have agreed that human life is an academic matter.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "Children have never been very good at listening to their elders but they have never failed to imitate them."

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders but they have never failed to imitate them.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "We take our shape it is true within and against that cage of reality bequeathed us at our birth and yet it is precisely through our dependence on this reality that we are most endlessly betrayed."

We take our shape it is true within and against that cage of reality bequeathed us at our birth and yet it is precisely through our dependence on this reality that we are most endlessly betrayed.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience."

An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience.



James     Baldwin 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 Quotes: "All that hatred down there, " he said, "all that hatred and misery and love. It's a wonder it doesn't blow the avenue apart."

All that hatred down there, " he said, "all that hatred and misery and love. It's a wonder it doesn't blow the avenue apart.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "This is the only real concern of the artist, to recreate out of the disorder of life that order which is art."

This is the only real concern of the artist, to recreate out of the disorder of life that order which is art.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "The way to be really despicable is to be contemptuous of other people's pain."

The way to be really despicable is to be contemptuous of other people's pain.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "You read something which you thought only happened to you, and you discovered it happened 100 years ago to Dostoyevsky."

You read something which you thought only happened to you, and you discovered it happened 100 years ago to Dostoyevsky.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "The first love disappears, but never goes. That ache becomes reconciliation."

The first love disappears, but never goes. That ache becomes reconciliation.



James     Baldwin 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 Quotes: "People are too various to be treated so lightly. I am too various to be trusted."

People are too various to be treated so lightly. I am too various to be trusted.



James     Baldwin 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 Quotes: "Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go."

Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "It took many years of vomiting up all the filth I’d been taught about myself, and half-believed, before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here."

It took many years of vomiting up all the filth I’d been taught about myself, and half-believed, before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "I don’t know any writers who don’t drink."

I don’t know any writers who don’t drink.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "He wanted to go home and lock his door and sleep. He was tired of the troubles of real people. He wanted to get back to the people he was inventing, whose troubles he could bear."

He wanted to go home and lock his door and sleep. He was tired of the troubles of real people. He wanted to get back to the people he was inventing, whose troubles he could bear.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "A real decision makes one humble, one knows that it is at the mercy of more things that can be named."

A real decision makes one humble, one knows that it is at the mercy of more things that can be named.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "Precisely at the point when you begin to develop a conscience you must find yourself at war with your society."

Precisely at the point when you begin to develop a conscience you must find yourself at war with your society.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "It is very nearly impossible to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind."

It is very nearly impossible to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.



James     Baldwin 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 Quotes: "Terrifying, that the loss of intimacy with one person results in the freezing over of the world, and the loss of oneself."

Terrifying, that the loss of intimacy with one person results in the freezing over of the world, and the loss of oneself.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "We do not trust educated people and rarely, alas, produce them, for we do not trust the independence of mind which alone makes a genuine education possible."

We do not trust educated people and rarely, alas, produce them, for we do not trust the independence of mind which alone makes a genuine education possible.



James     Baldwin Quotes: "We cannot escape our origins, however hard we try, those origins which contain the key -could we but find it- to all we later become"

We cannot escape our origins, however hard we try, those origins which contain the key -could we but find it- to all we later become



James     Baldwin Quotes: "The question of identity is a question involving the most profound panic—a terror as primary as the nightmare of the mortal fall."

The question of identity is a question involving the most profound panic—a terror as primary as the nightmare of the mortal fall.