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100 James Baldwin Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

James Baldwin Sayings: The woman on the bed was old, her life was fading as the mist rose. The woman on the bed was old, her life was fading as the mist rose. She thought of her mother as already in the grave; and she would not let herself be strangled by the hands of the dead. "I'm going, Ma," she said. "I got to go.
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James Baldwin Sayings: Yr crown has been bought and paid for. All you have to do is put Yr crown has been bought and paid for. All you have to do is put it on yr head
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James Baldwin Sayings: If you know whence you came, there is really no limit to where you can If you know whence you came, there is really no limit to where you can go.
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James Baldwin Sayings: Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.
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James Baldwin Sayings: Years ago, when he was around fourteen, he'd been all hipped on the idea of Years ago, when he was around fourteen, he'd been all hipped on the idea of going to India. He read books about people sitting on rocks, naked, in all kinds of weather, but mostly bad, naturally, and walking barefoot through hot coals and arriving at wisdom. I used to say that it sounded to me as though they were getting away from wisdom as fast as they could. I think he sort of looked down on me for that.
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James Baldwin Sayings: I did not know, however, that ancient glories imply, at least in the middle of I did not know, however, that ancient glories imply, at least in the middle of the present century, present fatigue and, quite probably, paranoia; that there is a limit to the role of intelligence in human affairs; and that no people come into possession of a culture without having paid a heavy price for it.
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James Baldwin Sayings: To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.
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James Baldwin Sayings: People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them. People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
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James Baldwin Sayings: I prefer sinners and madmen, who can learn, who can change, who can teach-or people I prefer sinners and madmen, who can learn, who can change, who can teach-or people like myself, if I may say so, who are not afraid to eat a lobster alone as they take on their shoulders the monumental weight of thirty years
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James Baldwin Sayings: Now, one hears from a long time ago that "white is merely a state of Now, one hears from a long time ago that "white is merely a state of mind." I add to that, white is a moral choice. It's up to you to be as white as you want to be and pay the price of that ticket. You cannot tell a black man by the color of skin, either. But this is a democracy.
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James Baldwin Sayings: If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be 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.
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James Baldwin Sayings: The occurrence of an event is not the same thing as knowing what it is The occurrence of an event is not the same thing as knowing what it is that one has lived through. Most people had not lived
nor could it, for that matter, be said that they had died
through any of their terrible events. They had simply been stunned by the hammer. They passed their lives thereafter in a kind of limbo of denied and unexamined pain. The great question that faced him this morning was whether or not had had ever, really, been present at his life.
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James Baldwin Sayings: They knew that no one heard, that bloodless people cannot be made to bleed. So They knew that no one heard, that bloodless people cannot be made to bleed. So they blew what everyone had heard before, they reassured everyone that nothing terrible was happening.
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James Baldwin Sayings: For, while the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted, and how For, while the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted, and how we may triumph is never new, it always must be heard. There isn't any other tale to tell, it's the only light we've got in all this darkness.
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James Baldwin Sayings: No man is a devil in his own mind. No man is a devil in his own mind.
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James Baldwin Sayings: There are women who have forgotten that to be a woman doesn't simply mean humiliation, There are women who have forgotten that to be a woman doesn't simply mean humiliation, doesn't simply mean bitterness. I haven't forgotten it yet ... I'm not going to forget it.
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James Baldwin Sayings: The reason people think it's important to be white is that they think it's important The reason people think it's important to be white is that they think it's important not to be black.
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James Baldwin Sayings: Our people" have functioned in this country for nearly a century as political weapons, the Our people" have functioned in this country for nearly a century as political weapons, the trump card up the enemies' sleeve; anything promised Negroes at election time is also a threat leveled at the opposition; in the struggle for mastery the Negro is the pawn.
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James Baldwin Sayings: Yes, Mama. I'm going to try to love the Lord. At this there sprang into Yes, Mama. I'm going to try to love the Lord. At this there sprang into his mother's face something startling, beautiful, unspeakably sad - as though she were looking far beyond him at a long, dark road, and seeing on that road a traveler in perpetual danger. Was it he, the traveler? or herself? or was she thinking of the cross of Jesus?
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James Baldwin Sayings: It is a very rare man who does not victimize the helpless. It is a very rare man who does not victimize the helpless.
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James Baldwin Sayings: Why am I going home? he asked himself. But he knew why. It was time. Why am I going home? he asked himself. But he knew why. It was time. In order not to lose all that he had gained, he had to move forward and risk it all.
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James Baldwin Sayings: One of the reasons ... I think that our youth is so badly educatedand it One of the reasons ... I think that our youth is so badly educated
and it is inconceivably badly educated
is because education demands a certain daring, a certain independence of mind. You have to teach some people to think; and in order to teach some people to think, you have to teach them to think about everything. There mustn't be something they cannot think about. If there is one thing they cannot think about, very shortly they can't think about anything.
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James Baldwin Sayings: You get so used to being hit you find you're always waiting for it. ( You get so used to being hit you find you're always waiting for it. ( ... ) How can I say what it feels like? I don't know. I know everybody's in trouble and nothing is easy, but how can I explain to you what it feels like to be black when I don't understand it and don't want to and spend all my time trying to forget it? I don't want to hate anybody - but now maybe, I can't love anybody either - are we friends? Can we really be friends?
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James Baldwin Sayings: I guess it can't be too often that two people can laugh and make love, I guess it can't be too often that two people can laugh and make love, too, make love because they are laughing, laugh because they're making love. The love and the laughter come from the same place: but not many people go there
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James Baldwin Sayings: People don't have any mercy. They tear you limb from limb, in the name of People don't have any mercy. They tear you limb from limb, in the name of love. Then, when you're dead, when they've killed you by what they made you go through, they say you didn't have any character. They weep big, bitter tears - not for you. For themselves, because they've lost their toy.
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James Baldwin Sayings: And they didn't even read; depressed populations don't have the time or energy to spare. And they didn't even read; depressed populations don't have the time or energy to spare. The affluent populations, which should have been their help, didnt, as far as could be discovered, read either - they merely bought books and devoured them, but not in order to learn: in order to learn new attitudes.
James Baldwin Sayings: What happened was that, all unconscious of what this ennui meant, I wearied of the What happened was that, all unconscious of what this ennui meant, I wearied of the motion, wearied of the jobless seas of alcohol, wearied of the blunt, bluff, hearty, and totally meaningless friendships wearied of wandering through the forests of desperate women, wearied of the work which fed me only in the most brutally literal sense. Perhaps, as we say in America, I wanted to find myself. This is an interesting phrase, not current as far as I know in the language of any other people, which certainly does not mean what it says but betrays a nagging suspicion that something has been misplaced. I think now that if I had had any intimation that the self I was going to find would turn out to be the only the same self from which I had spent so much time in flight, I would have stayed at home, But again, I think I knew, at the very bottom of my heart, exactly what I was doing when I took the boat for France.
James Baldwin Sayings: From my own point of view, the fact of the Third Reich alone makes obsolete From my own point of view, the fact of the Third Reich alone makes obsolete forever any question of Christian superiority, except in technological terms. White
James Baldwin Sayings: Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, 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. Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, the only fact we have. It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death
ought to decide, indeed, to earn one's death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life. One is responsible for life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return.
James Baldwin Sayings: How can one respect, let alone adopt, the values of a people who do not, How can one respect, let alone adopt, the values of a people who do not, on any level whatever, live the way they say they do, or the way they say they should?
James Baldwin Sayings: People who remember court madness through pain, the pain of the perpetually recurring death of People who remember court madness through pain, the pain of the perpetually recurring death of their innocence; people who forget court another kind of madness, the madness of the denial of pain and the hatred of innocence; and the world is mostly divided between madmen who remember and madmen who forget.
James Baldwin Sayings: The writer's only real task: to recreate out of the disorder of life that order The writer's only real task: to recreate out of the disorder of life that order which is art
James Baldwin Sayings: I had never before thought of how awful the relationship must be between the musician I had never before thought of how awful the relationship must be between the musician and his instrument. He has to fill it, this instrument, with the breath of life, his own. He has to make it do what he wants it to do. And a piano is just a piano. It's made out of so much wood and wires and little hammers and big ones, and ivory. While there's only so much you can do with it, the only way to find this out is to try; to try and make it do everything.
James Baldwin Sayings: Because I was raised in a Christian culture I never considered myself to be a Because I was raised in a Christian culture I never considered myself to be a totally free human being.
James Baldwin Sayings: We all commit our crimes. The thing is to not lie about them to try We all commit our crimes. The thing is to not lie about them
to try to understand what you have done, why you have done it. That way, you can begin to forgive yourself. That's very important. If you don't forgive yourself you'll never be able to forgive anybody else and you'll go on committing the same crimes forever.
James Baldwin Sayings: It happened, as many things do, imperceptibly, in many ways at once. I date it It happened, as many things do, imperceptibly, in many ways at once. I date it - the slow crumbling of my faith, the pulverization of my fortress - from the time, about a year after I had begun to preach, when I began to read again. I justified this desire by the fact that I was still in school, and I began, fatally, with Dostoyevsky.
James Baldwin Sayings: There is nothing more boring, anyway, than sexual activity as an end in itself, and There is nothing more boring, anyway, than sexual activity as an end in itself, and a great many people who came out of the closet should reconsider.
James Baldwin Sayings: You write in order to change the world ... if you alter, even by a You write in order to change the world ... if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.
James Baldwin Sayings: It ain't only the bad ones, nor yet the dumb ones that gets sucked under. It ain't only the bad ones, nor yet the dumb ones that gets sucked under.
James Baldwin Sayings: If you think of them as dirty, then they will be dirty- they will be If you think of them as dirty, then they will be dirty- they will be dirty because you will be giving nothing
James Baldwin Sayings: I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.
James Baldwin Sayings: She thought of herself as his strength; in a world of shadows, the indisputable reality She thought of herself as his strength; in a world of shadows, the indisputable reality to which he could always repair. And, again, for all that had come, she could not regret this. She had tried, but she had never been and was not now, even tonight, truly sorry. Where, then, was her repentance? And how could God hear her cry?
James Baldwin Sayings: Books taught me that things that tormented me the most were the very things that Books taught me that things that tormented me the most were the very things that connected me to everyone who is alive and who had ever been alive.
James Baldwin Sayings: I am very much concerned that American Negroes achieve their freedom here in the United I am very much concerned that American Negroes achieve their freedom here in the United States. But I am also concerned for their dignity, for the health of their souls, and must oppose any attempt that Negroes may make to do to others what has been done to them.
James Baldwin Sayings: And if the word integration means anything, this is what it means: that we, with And if the word integration means anything, this is what it means: that we, with love, shall force our brothers to see themselves as they are, to cease fleeing from reality and begin to change it. For this is your home, my friend, do not be driven from it; great men have done great things here, and will again, and we can make America what America must become.
James Baldwin Sayings: The burden of his salvation seemed to be on me and I could not endure The burden of his salvation seemed to be on me and I could not endure it.
James Baldwin Sayings: Even the most incorrigible maverick has to be born somewhere. He may leave the group Even the most incorrigible maverick has to be born somewhere. He may leave the group that produced him
he may be forced to
but nothing will efface his origins, the marks of which he carries with him everywhere. I think it is important to know this and even find it a matter for rejoicing, as the strongest people do, regardless of their station. On this acceptance, literally, the life of a writer depends.
James Baldwin Sayings: I smiled and I really felt at that moment that Judas and the Savior had I smiled and I really felt at that moment that Judas and the Savior had met in me. [ ... ] And yet even this was not as real as my despairing sense that nothing was real for me again - unless, indeed, this sensation of falling was reality.
James Baldwin Sayings: You think ... that my life is shameful because my encounters are. And they are. You think ... that my life is shameful because my encounters are. And they are. But you should ask yourself why they are.
Why are they - shameful?
Because there is no affection in them, and no joy. It's like putting an electric plug in a dead socket. Touch, but no contact. All touch, but no contact and no light.
James Baldwin Sayings: White people in this country will have quite enough to do in learning how to White people in this country will have quite enough to do in learning how to accept and love themselves and each other, and when they have achieved this - which will not be tomorrow and may very well be never - the Negro problem will no longer exist, for it will no longer be needed. People
James Baldwin Sayings: He prayeth best, who loveth best All things both great and small; For the dear He prayeth best, who loveth best All things both great and small; For the dear God who loveth us, He made and loveth all.
James Baldwin Sayings: All art is a kind of confession. All art is a kind of confession.
James Baldwin Sayings: Passion is not friendly. It is arrogant,superbly contemptuous of all that is notitself, and, as Passion is not friendly. It is arrogant,
superbly contemptuous of all that is not
itself, and, as they very definition of passion
implies the impulse to freedom, it has a might
intimidiating power. It contains a challenge.
It contains an unspeakable hope.
James Baldwin Sayings: What kind of friendship have you had?Or for that matter ... what kind of love What kind of friendship have you had?
Or for that matter ... what kind of love affairs?
James Baldwin Sayings: He grins again, and everything inside me moves. Oh, love. Love. He grins again, and everything inside me moves. Oh, love. Love.
James Baldwin Sayings: Why, you will go home and then you will find that home is not home Why, you will go home and then you will find that home is not home any more. Then you will really be in trouble. As long as you stay here, you can always think: One day I will go home.
James Baldwin Sayings: You were born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity, and in as You were born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity, and in as many ways as possible, that you were a worthless human being. You were not expected to aspire to excellence: you were expected to make peace with mediocrity.
James Baldwin Sayings: All the western nations are caught in a lie, the lie of their pretended humanism: All the western nations are caught in a lie, the lie of their pretended humanism: this means that their history has no moral justification, and that the West has no moral authority.
James Baldwin Sayings: I remembered my mother's insistence that I always wear clean underwear because I might get I remembered my mother's insistence that I always wear clean underwear because I might get knocked down by a car on the way to or from school and I and the family would be disgraced even beyond the grave, presumably, if my underwear was dirty. And I began to worry, in fact, as the doctor sniffed and prodded, about the state of the shorts I was wearing. This made me want to laugh. But I could not breathe.
James Baldwin Sayings: In order for this to happen, your entire frame of reference will have to change, In order for this to happen, your entire frame of reference will have to change, and you will be forced to surrender many things that you now scarcely know you have.
James Baldwin Sayings: My father's attitude was that this was but an inevitable phase of my growing up My father's attitude was that this was but an inevitable phase of my growing up and he affected to take it lightly. But beneath his jocular, boys-together air, he was at a loss, he was frightened. Perhaps he had supposed that my growing up would bring us closer together - whereas, now that he was trying to find out something about me, I was in full flight from him. I did not want him to know me. I did not want anyone to know me. And then, again, I was undergoing with my father what the very young inevitably undergo with their elders: I was beginning to judge him. And the very harshness of this judgment, which broke my heart, revealed, though I could not have said it then, how much I had loved him, how that love, along with my innocence, was dying.
James Baldwin Sayings: We stared at each other across a narrow space that was full of danger, that We stared at each other across a narrow space that was full of danger, that almost seemed to roar, like flame.

'Come,' he said.
James Baldwin Sayings: Our crown has already been bought and paid for. All we have to do is Our crown has already been bought and paid for. All we have to do is wear it
James Baldwin Sayings: It's always at the hour of trouble and confrontation that the missing member aches. It's always at the hour of trouble and confrontation that the missing member aches.
James Baldwin Sayings: We do not trust educated people and rarely, alas, produce them, for we do not 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 Sayings: Much has been written of love turning to hatred, of the heart growing cold with Much has been written of love turning to hatred, of the heart growing cold with the death of love. It is a remarkable process. It is far more terrible than anything I have ever read about it, more terrible than anything I will ever be able to say. I
James Baldwin Sayings: When the white man came to Africa, the white man had the Bible and the When the white man came to Africa, the white man had the Bible and the African had the land, but now it is the white man who is being, reluctantly and bloodily, separated from the land, and the African who is still attempting to digest or to vomit up the Bible.
James Baldwin Sayings: Trust life, and it will teach you, in joy and sorrow, all you need to Trust life, and it will teach you, in joy and sorrow, all you need to know.
James Baldwin Sayings: You read something which you thought only happened to you, and you discovered it happened You read something which you thought only happened to you, and you discovered it happened 100 years ago to Dostoyevsky.
James Baldwin Sayings: Loving anybody and being loved by anybody is a tremendous danger, a tremendous responsibility. Loving Loving anybody and being loved by anybody is a tremendous danger, a tremendous responsibility. Loving of children, raising of children. The terrors homosexuals go through in this society would not be so great if the society itself did not go through so many terrors which it doesn't want to admit. The discovery of one's sexual preference doesn't have to be a trauma. It's a trauma because it's such a traumatized society.
James Baldwin Sayings: Time is just common, it's like water for a fish. Everybody's in this water, nobody Time is just common, it's like water for a fish. Everybody's in this water, nobody gets out of it, or if he does the same thing happens to him that happens to the fish, he dies. And you know what happens in this water, time? The big fish eat the little fish. That's all. The big fish eat the little fish and the ocean doesn't care.
James Baldwin Sayings: Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.
James Baldwin Sayings: Because only an artist can tell and only an artist have told, since we have Because only an artist can tell and only an artist have told, since we have heard of man, what it is like for anyone that gets this planet, to survive it. What it is like to die, or to have somebody die, what it is like to fear death, what is it like to fear, what it is like to love, what it is like to be glad.
James Baldwin Sayings: Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. I use the word "love" here not merely in the personal sense but as a state of being, or a state of grace - not in the infantile American sense of being made happy but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and growth.
James Baldwin Sayings: It began to seem that one would have to hold in the mind forever two It began to seem that one would have to hold in the mind forever two ideas which seemed to be in opposition. The first idea was acceptance, the acceptance, totally without rancor, of life as it is, and men as they are: in the light of this idea, it goes without saying that injustice is a commonplace. But this did not mean that one could be complacent, for the second idea was of equal power: that one must never, in one's own life, accept these injustices as commonplace but must fight them with all one's strength. This fight begins, however, in the heart and it now had been laid to my charge to keep my own heart free of hatred and despair. This intimation made my heart heavy and, now that my father was irrecoverable, I wished that he had been beside me so that I could have searched his face for the answers which only the future would give me now.
James Baldwin Sayings: The sons of the masters were roaming the world, looking for arms to hold them. The sons of the masters were roaming the world, looking for arms to hold them. And the arms that might have held them
could not forgive.
James Baldwin Sayings: Wash me, cried the slave to his Maker, and I shall be whiter, whiter than Wash me, cried the slave to his Maker, and I shall be whiter, whiter than snow!
James Baldwin Sayings: At length, she lay beside him like a burden laid down at evening which must At length, she lay beside him like a burden laid down at evening which must be picked up once more in the morning.
James Baldwin Sayings: Yves did not like showers, he preferred long, scalding baths, with newspapers, cigarettes, and whiskey Yves did not like showers, he preferred long, scalding baths, with newspapers, cigarettes, and whiskey on a chair next to the bathtub, and with Eric nearby to talk to, to shampoo his hair, and to scrub his back.
James Baldwin Sayings: Secrets hidden at the heart of midnight are simply waiting to be dragged to the Secrets hidden at the heart of midnight are simply waiting to be dragged to the light, as, on some unlucky high noon, they always are. But secrets shrouded in the glare of candor are bound to defeat even the most determined and agile inspector for the light is always changing and proves that the eye cannot be trusted.
James Baldwin Sayings: Terrifying, that the loss of intimacy with one person results in the freezing over of Terrifying, that the loss of intimacy with one person results in the freezing over of the world, and the loss of oneself! And terrifying that the terms of love are so rigorous, its checks and liberties so tightly bound together ... Their relationship depended on her restraint ... The premise of their affair, or the basis of their comedy, was that they were two independent people, who needed each other for a time, who would always be friends, but who, probably, would not always be lovers. Such a premise forbids the intrusion of the future, or too vivid an exhibition of need.
James Baldwin Sayings: And her mother still struggled in these white kitchens in town, humming sweet hymns, tiny, And her mother still struggled in these white kitchens in town, humming sweet hymns, tiny, mild eyed and bent, her father still labored on the oyster boats; after a lifetime of labor, should they drop dead tomorrow, there would not be a penny for their burial clothes.
James Baldwin Sayings: The American ideal is, after all, that everyone should be as much alike as possible. The American ideal is, after all, that everyone should be as much alike as possible.
James Baldwin Sayings: Whatever you describe to another person is also a revelation of who you are and Whatever you describe to another person is also a revelation of who you are and who you think you are. You can not describe anything without betraying your point of view, your aspirations, your fears, your hopes. Everything.
James Baldwin Sayings: Literature is indispensable to the world. The world changes according to the way people see Literature is indispensable to the world. The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way a person looks at reality, then you can change it.
James Baldwin Sayings: Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
James Baldwin Sayings: Perhaps he is a fool or a coward but almost everybody is one or the Perhaps he is a fool or a coward but almost everybody is one or the other and most people are both.
James Baldwin Sayings: She was disquietingly fluid - fluid without, however, being able to flow. I felt a She was disquietingly fluid - fluid without, however, being able to flow. I felt a hardness and a constriction in her, a grave mistrust, created already by too many men like me ever to be conquered now.
James Baldwin Sayings: I thought of the people before me who had looked down at the river and I thought of the people before me who had looked down at the river and gone to sleep beneath it. I wondered about them. I wondered how they had done it
it, the physical act.
I simply wondered about the dead because their days had ended and I did not know how I would get through mine.
James Baldwin Sayings: White people ... have quite enough to do in learning how to accept and love White people ... have quite enough to do in learning how to accept and love themselves and each other, and when they have achieved this
which will not be tomorrow and may very well be never
the Negro problem will no longer exist, for it will no longer be needed.
James Baldwin Sayings: It comes as a great shock to see Gary Cooper killing off the Indians and, It comes as a great shock to see Gary Cooper killing off the Indians and, although you are rooting for Gary Cooper, that the Indians is you
James Baldwin Sayings: She was like a wild animal who didn't know whether to come to the outstretched She was like a wild animal who didn't know whether to come to the outstretched hand or to flee and kept making startled little rushes, first in one direction and then in the other.
James Baldwin Sayings: We are in the middle of an immense metamorphosis here, a metamorphosis which will, it We are in the middle of an immense metamorphosis here, a metamorphosis which will, it is devoutly to be hoped, rob us of our myths and give us our history, which will destroy our attitudes and give us back our personalities. The mass culture, in the meantime, can only reflect our chaos: and perhaps we had better remember that this chaos contains life - and a great transforming energy.
James Baldwin Sayings: I wish to God I may die if I don't love you. There ain't no I wish to God I may die if I don't love you. There ain't no sky above us if I don't love you
James Baldwin Sayings: The price one pays for pursuing any profession or calling is an intimate knowledge of The price one pays for pursuing any profession or calling is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.
James Baldwin Sayings: The poets, by which I mean all artists, are finally the only people that know The poets, by which I mean all artists, are finally the only people that know the truth about us. Soldiers don't, statesmen don't, priests don't, union leaders don't ... only the poets.
James Baldwin Sayings: People are full of surprise, even for themselves, if they have been stirred enough. People are full of surprise, even for themselves, if they have been stirred enough.
James Baldwin Sayings: The eyes of his friends told him that he was falling. His own heart told The eyes of his friends told him that he was falling. His own heart told him so. But the air through which he rushed was his prison.
James Baldwin Sayings: The only thing white people have that black people need, or should want, is power The only thing white people have that black people need, or should want, is power - and no one holds power forever. White people cannot, in the generality, be taken as models of how to live.
James Baldwin Sayings: Afro-Americans. Which is but a wedding, however, of two confusions, an arbitrary linking of two Afro-Americans. Which is but a wedding, however, of two confusions, an arbitrary linking of two undefined and currently undefinable proper nouns. I mean that, in the case of Africa, Africa is still chained to Europe, and exploited by Europe, and Europe and America are chained together; and as long as this is so, it is hard to speak of Africa except as a cradle and a potential. Not until the many millions of people on the continent of Africa control their land and their resources will the African personality flower or genuinely African institutions flourish and reveal Africa as she is.