Best Quotes From James Baldwin

James Baldwin is a name that is not often heard of in the United States. He is, however, a very important figure in American literature. He was a novelist, playwright, poet and social critic. He was a very outspoken man who was not afraid to speak his mind. He wrote many books and essays on the subject of racism.

He was born in Harlem, New York City on August 2, 1924. His father was named David Baldwin and his mother was named Berdis Jones. His father left the family when James was only two years old. James was raised by his stepfather and his mother who worked as a maid. When James was about ten years old, he began to attend De Witt Clinton High School.

He graduated from this school in 1940 and then went on to attend New York University and Howard University. While at Howard, James won a scholarship to study at the Sorbonne in Paris. He enlisted in the army after graduating from Howard. He joined the army in 1944. After being discharged from the army, he returned to Paris in 1946 and studied at the Sorbonne. He went to Paris to study with the French philosopher, Jacques Barzun. He began his literary career while in Paris.

I imagine that one of the reasons people hold on to their hates so stubbornly is because they feel that once the hate wears off, they will be forced to deal with the pain.

People pay for what they do, and even more so for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very easily; for the life they lead.

If they treat you a certain way, you become a certain kind of person. If certain things are described as real to you, they are real to you, whether they are real or not.

You think your pain and anguish are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.

Hate, which could destroy so much, never stopped destroying the man he hated, and this was an immutable law.

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

Anyone who has fought against poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never stopped imitating them.

Nudity has no color: this can only be news for those who have never covered, or been covered by, another naked human being.

Love removes the masks without which we fear we cannot live and we know we cannot live inside.

The purpose of education… is to create in a person the ability to see the world for himself, to make his own decisions

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.

And love will simply have no choice but to go to battle with space and time, and win.

If you are treated a certain way, you become a certain type of person. If certain things are described as real to you, they are real to you, whether they are real or not

The moment we break faith with each other, the sea surrounds us and the light goes out.

Do not miss these appointments that will change your life and that you will definitely not forget.

I am what time, circumstances, history have made of me, certainly, but I am also much more than that. All of us too.

To be sensual, I believe, is to respect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be present in everything that is done, from the effort of love to the making of bread

Anyone who has fought against poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor

I often wonder what I would do if there were no books in the world.

The great strength of the story comes from the fact that we carry it within us, we are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and the story is literally present in everything we do

I may be a fool and a coward, but almost everyone is one or the other and most people are both.

Because he was one of those poets who escaped the terrors of writing by writing all the time.

What a difference there is,” he said, “between dreaming about something and facing it

Accepting one’s own past, one’s own history, is not the same as drowning in it; It’s learning to use it

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You have to say yes to life and embrace it wherever you are, and it is found in terrible places; yet there it is

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

Defending yourself against a fear is simply making sure that one day you will be defeated by it; fears must be faced

Freedom is not something that can be given to just anyone. Freedom is something that people take, and people are as free as they want to be

The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now

People who treat other people as less than human should not be surprised when the bread they have thrown into the waters floats back to them, poisoned.

To have a conversation with someone you must reveal yourself

Neither love nor terror blinds: blind indifference

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If we dare not now at all, the fulfillment of that prophecy, recreated from the Bible in song by a slave, is upon us. Freedom is not something that can be given to just anyone.

Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be

I love America more than any other country in the world, and I insist on the right to perpetually criticize it. Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.

I am what time, circumstances, history have made of me, certainly, but I am also much more than that.

If the black American, the black American man, is going to become a free person in this country, the people of this country have to give something up. If they don’t give it, it will be taken away.

James Baldwin Quotes On Equality

I imagine that one of the reasons people hold on to their hate so stubbornly is because they feel that once the hate wears off, they will be forced to deal with the pain.

All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they want to survive, are forced, in the end, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish.

It is true, in any case, that ignorance, allied to power, is the fiercest enemy that justice can have.

The victim who is capable of articulating the victim situation has ceased to be a victim: she has become a threat.

We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist.

Everything whites don’t know about blacks reveals, precisely and inexorably, what they don’t know about themselves.

Perhaps the turning point in one’s life is the realization that to be treated like a victim it is not necessary to become one. Know where you come from.

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

The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose. True rebels, after all, are as rare as true lovers, and in both cases, mistaking fever for passion can destroy one’s life.

The only thing white people have that black people need, or should want, is power, and no one has power forever.

Nudity has no color: this can only be news to those who have never covered or been covered by another naked human being.

Please try to remember that what they believe, as well as what they do and make you endure, does not testify to your inferiority but to their inhumanity.

I love some people, and they love me, and some of them are white and isn’t love more important than color?

What you realize is that when you try to stand up and look the world in the face as if you have a right to be here, without knowing that this is the result, you have attacked the entire power structure of the Western world.

From my point of view, no label, no slogan, no party, no skin color and, in fact, no religion is more important than the human being. It is not a romantic affair.

It is the unspeakable truth: all men are brothers. That is the conclusion.

People who treat others as less than human should not be surprised when the bread they have thrown into the waters floats back to them, poisoned.

Love doesn’t start or end the way we think it does. Love is a battle; love is a war; love grows.

Love removes the masks without which we fear we cannot live and we know we cannot live inside. The trick is to love someone.

If you love one person, you see everyone else differently. Love him and let him love you. Do you think anything else under heaven matters?

I’m coming home to you. I want you in my arms. I want your arms around me. I have to hold our baby in my arms. It has to be Keep the faith. He smiles again, and everything inside me moves. oh love Love.

If the word ‘integration’ means anything, it is that we, with love, force our brothers to see themselves as they are, to stop fleeing from reality and begin to change it.

I think the inability to love is the central problem because that inability masks a certain terror, and that terror is the terror of being touched.

It turned out that money was exactly like sex, you didn’t think about anything else if you didn’t have it and you thought about other things if you did.

Everyone’s journey is individual. If you fall in love with a boy, you fall in love with a boy. The fact that many Americans consider it a disease says more about them than it does about homosexuality.

Unfortunately, people cannot invent their mooring posts, their lovers and their friends, any more than they can create their parents. Life gives them to you and takes them away from you, and the great difficulty is saying yes to life.

If the concept of God has any validity or use, it can only be to make us more prominent, more accessible, and more loving. If God can’t do this, then it’s time we got rid of Him.

Ask any Mexican, any Puerto Rican, any black person, any poor person, ask the miserable ones how they are doing in the corridors of justice.

The county is not just about justice, it is about injustice. If you want to know how justice is administered in a country, you don’t question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges, or the protégés of the middle class.

It goes to the unprotected, precisely those who most need the protection of the law! -and listen to his testimony.

There are so many ways to be despicable that it makes your head spin. But the way to be truly despicable is to despise the pain of others.

It is a terrible, inexorable law, that the humanity of the other cannot be denied without undermining one’s own: in the face of one’s own victim, one sees oneself.

The history of the United States is longer, broader, more varied, beautiful, and terrible than anything that has ever been said about it. Words like “freedom”, “justice”, “democracy” are not common concepts; on the contrary, they are rare.

American identity is a series of myths about one’s heroic ancestors. To be born into a free society and not be born free is to be born into a lie.

Any honest examination of national life shows how far we are from the standard of human liberty with which we began. Experience, which destroys innocence, also restores it. If one cannot risk himself, then he is simply incapable of giving.

And, after all, freedom can only be given by freeing someone. Our dehumanization of black then is indivisible from our dehumanization of ourselves; the loss of our own identity is the price we pay for our nullification of his.

The miracle is that some have come out of the tatters of the definition of the Republic to shoulder the great burden and glory of their humanity and mutual responsibility.

The making of an American begins at the point where he rejects all other ties, any other history, and himself takes on the garb of his adopted land.

James Baldwin Quotes On Writing

The main distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men must necessarily avoid; the state of being alone.

Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world he was born into is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent.

I want to be an honest man and a good writer

The writer’s greed is appalling. He wants, or seems to want, everything and practically everyone, in another sense, and at the same time, he doesn’t need anyone at all”

A writer’s responsibility is to excavate the experience of the people who produced it

Anyone who has fought against poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.

It is true, in any case, that ignorance, allied to power, is the fiercest enemy that justice can have

Hate, which could destroy so much, never ceased to destroy the man it hated, and this was an immutable law

Education is indoctrination if you are white, subjugation if you are black.

You know, it’s not the world that was my oppressor, because what the world does to you, if the world does it to you long enough and effectively enough, you start doing it to yourself

The power of the white world is threatened every time a black man refuses to accept the definitions of the white world.

The reason people think it’s important to be white is because they think it’s important not to be black

I guess one of the reasons people hold on to their hates so stubbornly is because they feel that once the hate is gone, they’ll be forced to deal with the pain

People who treat other people as less than human should not be surprised when the bread they have thrown into the waters floats back to them, poisoned.

It is very rare the man who does not victimize the defenseless

The only thing white people have that black people need, or should want, is power, and no one has power forever.

Young people think that failure is the Siberian end of the line, the banishment of all the living, and they tend to do what I did then, which was to hide

There is a ‘sanctity’ involved in bringing a child into this world: it is better than bombing it.

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never stopped imitating them

A child cannot be taught by someone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be deceived.”

People pay for what they do, and even more so for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very easily; for the life they lead.

It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me the most were the very things that connected me to everyone who was alive or had ever been alive.”

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

If they treat you a certain way, you become a certain kind of person. If certain things are described as real to you, they are real to you, whether they are real or not

There are few things more terrible than dealing with a man who knows that he is sinking, in his own eyes and in the eyes of others. Nothing can help that man. What remains of that man flees what remains of human attention

When one begins to live by habit and by appointment, he has begun to stop living

No people comes to possess a culture without having paid a high price for it.

No one is more dangerous than the one who imagines himself pure of heart; because the purity of it, by definition, is unassailable

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them

I am what time, circumstances, history have made of me, certainly, but I am also much more than that. All of us too.

Most of us are as eager to change as we were to be born, and we go through our changes in a similar state of shock

The world is before you and you do not need to take it or leave it as it was when you entered.

The travelers discover that the world can never be bigger than the person who is in the world; but it is impossible to foresee this, it is impossible to be warned

To act is to be committed, and to be committed is to be in danger

We have all had the experience of discovering that our reactions and perhaps even our actions have negated beliefs that we thought were ours.

Faced with the impossibility of remaining faithful to one’s beliefs, and the same impossibility of freeing oneself from them, one can be led to the most inhuman excesses

It would seem that an identity is arrived at by the way in which the person confronts and uses the experience of him

Nothing is more desirable than being delivered from an affliction, but nothing is more terrifying than being stripped of a crutch.

Those who say it can’t be done are usually interrupted by others who do.

James Baldwin Inspirational Quotes

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they want to survive, are forced, in the end, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish.

Young people think that failure is the Siberian end of the line, the banishment of all the living, and they tend to do what I did then, which was to hide.

Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.

You believe that your pain and anguish are unprecedented in the history of the world. The history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me the most were the very things that connected me to everyone who was alive, who had ever been alive.” james baldwin

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never stopped imitating them

I love America more than any other country in the world and, precisely because of this, I insist on the right to perpetually criticize it.

People pay for what they do, and even more so for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very easily; for the life they lead.

People can cry much more easily than they can change.

And, here I was, alone with myself to deal with. It was totally up to me.

People who treat other people as less than human should not be surprised when the bread they have thrown into the waters floats back to them, poisoned.

The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you aware of the things you don’t see

Accepting one’s past, one’s history, is not the same as drowning in it; is learning to use it. An invented past can never be used; it cracks and crumbles under the pressures of life like clay in a dry season.

If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us bigger, freer and more loving. james baldwin

It took me many years to vomit all the filth I had been taught about myself, and half believed, before I could walk the earth as if I had a right to be here.

I can’t believe what you say, because I see what you do

People who close their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence has died, he becomes a monster.

Love removes the masks without which we fear we cannot live and we know we cannot live inside.

You write to change the world. If you alter, even one millimeter, the way people see reality, then you can change it.

After all, true rebels are as rare as true lovers, and in both cases, mistaking a fever for passion can destroy one’s life.

I have always believed that you can think positive as well as negative

Trust in life and it will teach you, in joy and in sadness, everything you need to know.

Every human being is an unprecedented miracle.

Ordinary things are behind a talent; discipline, love, luck, but above all patience.

He knows where you come from. If you know where you come from, there is absolutely no limitation on where you can go.

Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.

I have always believed that you can think positively as well as negatively.

Be careful what you put in your heart, because it will surely be yours.

I love America more than any other country in the world, and for this very reason I insist on the right to perpetually criticize it.

Anyone who has fought against poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.

Freedom is not something that can be given to just anyone. Freedom is something that people take, and people are as free as they want to be

People pay for what they do, and even more so for what they have allowed themselves to become, and they pay for it, very simply, with the life they lead.

Know where you come from. If you know where you come from, there are absolutely no limitations on where you can go.

Nudity has no color: this can only be news for those who have never covered, or been covered by, another naked human being.

Just at the moment when you begin to develop a consciousness you must find yourself at war with your society.

Faced with the impossibility of remaining faithful to one’s beliefs, and the same impossibility of freeing oneself from them, one can be led to the most inhuman excesses

James Baldwin Quote Facing Change

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking that we used when we created them

Problems are not stop signs, they are guides.

All problems get smaller when you face them instead of avoiding them.

Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.

Sometimes problems don’t require a solution to solve them; Instead, they require maturity to overcome them

Every problem is a gift. Without them we would not grow

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced

If you can solve your problem, then what is the need to worry? If you can’t figure it out, then what’s the use of worrying?

It’s not that they can’t find the solution. They just can’t see the problem.

Problems are nothing more than wake-up calls for creativity

We fail more often because we solve the wrong problem than because we get the wrong solution for the right problem

A positive attitude may not solve your problems, but it will upset enough people to be worth the effort.

Running away from a problem only increases the distance from the solution

Leaders who solve problems have one thing in common: the faith that there is always a better way.

Each problem that I solved became a rule, which was later used to solve other problems

Your ability to solve problems and make good decisions is the true measure of your ability as a leader

If you can’t understand the cause of a problem, it’s impossible to solve it.

A problem is an opportunity for you to do your best.

Giving up is the most painful way to solve a problem

Instead of thinking about the box, get rid of the box

Solving problems means listening.

Inside every problem is an opportunity

There is no problem outside of you that is greater than the power within you

You can increase your problem-solving skills by honing your ability to ask questions

Don’t bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself

If a problem can be solved, it will be solved. If it can’t be solved, there’s no use worrying about it.

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.

The paradox of education is precisely this: that as one begins to become aware, he begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.

Love removes the masks without which we fear we cannot live and we know we cannot live inside.

When one begins to live by habit and by appointment, he has begun to stop living.

You think your pain and anguish are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.

James Baldwin Quotes On Oppression

You think your pain and anguish are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.

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

The future is like heaven, everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go now.

It is very rare the man who does not victimize the defenseless.

The power of the white world is threatened every time a black man refuses to accept the definitions of the white world.

Hate, which could destroy so much, never ceased to destroy the man he hated, and this was an immutable law.

A writer’s responsibility is to excavate the experience of the people who produced it.

Trust in life and it will teach you, in joy and sorrow, everything you need to know.

It would seem that an identity is arrived at by the way in which the person deals with and uses the experience of him.

The only thing white people have that black people need, or should want, is power, and no one has power forever.

Accepting one’s past, one’s history, is not the same as drowning in it; is learning to use it. An invented past can never be used; it cracks and crumbles under the pressures of life like clay in a dry season.

The reason people think it’s important to be white is because they think it’s important not to be black.

If they treat you a certain way, you become a certain kind of person. If certain things are described as real to you, they are real to you, whether they are real or not.

You have to decide who you are and force the world to deal with you, not their idea of ​​you.

You don’t have a home until you leave it and then when you leave it you can never go back.

When you are writing you are trying to discover something you don’t know. james baldwin

Love doesn’t start or end the way we think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growth.

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

People can cry much more easily than they can change.

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never stopped imitating them.

The role of the artist is exactly the same as that of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you aware of the things you don’t see.

The impossible is the least one can demand

For there is nothing more unbearable, once you have it, than freedom.

It is true, in any case, that ignorance, allied to power, is the fiercest enemy that justice can have.

People pay for what they do, and even more so for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very easily; for the life they lead.

A Liberal: Someone who thinks they know more about your background than you do.

It is true, in any case, that ignorance, allied to power, is the fiercest enemy that justice can have.

Just at the moment when you begin to develop a conscience, you must find yourself at war with your society.

Neither love nor terror blinds: indifference blinds.

The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory.

People who treat others as less than human should not be surprised when the bread they have thrown into the waters floats back to them, poisoned.

Hate is always self-hatred, and it has something suicidal about it.

Be careful what you put in your heart, because it will surely be yours.

Anyone who has fought against poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.

To be black in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be angry almost all the time.

Nudity has no color: this can only be news for those who have never covered, or been covered by, another naked human being.

You write to change the world… if you alter, even one millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.

Confusion is a luxury that only the very, very young can afford.

To act is to be committed, and to be committed is to be in danger.

The purpose of education… is to create in a person the ability to look at the world for himself, to make his own decisions.

The price one pays for pursuing any profession or vocation is an intimate knowledge of the ugly side of it.

I can’t believe what you say, because I see what you do.

James Baldwin Quotes On Justice

THE POINT IS TO DO YOUR JOB, AND YOUR JOB IS TO CHANGE THE WORLD.

YOU HAVE TO DECIDE WHO YOU ARE AND FORCE THE WORLD TO DEAL WITH YOU, NOT THEIR IDEA OF YOU.

WHEN A DARK FACE IS OPENED, LIGHT SEEMS TO GO EVERYWHERE.

THERE ARE TOO MANY THINGS WE DON’T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT OURSELVES.

MAYBE HOME IS NOT A PLACE BUT JUST AN IRREVOCABLE CONDITION.

THE WORLD IS BEFORE YOU AND YOU DON’T NEED TO TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT AS IT WAS WHEN YOU ENTERED.

YOU DON’T KNOW YOU’RE SMART UNTIL IT GETS YOU IN TROUBLE.

PEOPLE PAY FOR WHAT THEY DO, AND EVEN MORE FOR WHAT THEY HAVE ALLOWED THEMSELVES TO BE. AND THEY PAY IT VERY SIMPLE; FOR THE LIVES THEY LEAD

TO BE BLACK IN THIS COUNTRY AND TO BE RELATIVELY AWARE IS TO BE IN RAGE ALMOST ALL THE TIME.

IF THE WORD INTEGRATION MEANS ANYTHING, THIS MEANS THAT WITH LOVE WE WILL FORCE OUR SIBLINGS TO SEE THEMSELVES AS THEY ARE, TO STOP FLEEING FROM REALITY AND BEGIN TO CHANGE IT.

THE PARADOX OF EDUCATION IS PRECISELY THIS: AS ONE BEGINS TO BECOME AWARE, HE BEGINS TO EXAMINE THE SOCIETY IN WHICH HE IS EDUCATED.

THE ONLY THING WHITE PEOPLE HAVE THAT BLACK PEOPLE NEED, OR SHOULD WANT, IS POWER, AND NOBODY HAS POWER FOREVER.

THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO BE DESPICABLE THAT IT MAKES ONE TURN. BUT THE WAY TO BE REALLY DESPICEABLE IS TO BE DESPISED OF OTHERS’ PAIN.

NOTHING CAN BE GIVEN WITHOUT GIVING, THAT IS, TAKING RISKS. IF ONE CANNOT TAKE A RISK, THEN THEY ARE SIMPLY UNABLE TO GIVE.

LOVE TAKES OFF THE MASKS WITHOUT WHICH WE FEAR WE CANNOT LIVE AND WE KNOW THAT WE CANNOT LIVE WITHIN OURSELVES.

PLEASE TRY TO REMEMBER THAT WHAT THEY BELIEVE, AS WELL AS WHAT THEY DO AND MAKE YOU ENDURE, DOES NOT TESTIFY TO YOUR INFERIORITY BUT TO THEIR INHUMANITY.

YOU WRITE TO CHANGE THE WORLD… IF YOU ALTER, EVEN A MILLIMETER, THE WAY YOU SEE REALITY, THEN YOU CAN CHANGE IT.

PEOPLE ARE FULL OF SURPRISE, EVEN TO THEMSELVES, IF THEY HAVE BEEN REVOLUTIONIZED ENOUGH.

THE PURPOSE OF EDUCATION…IS TO CREATE IN A PERSON THE CAPACITY TO LOOK AT THE WORLD FOR HIMSELF, TO MAKE HIS OWN DECISIONS.

YOU THINK YOUR PAIN AND YOUR HEARTBREAKING ARE UNPRECEDENTED IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD, BUT THEN YOU READ.

THE VICTIM WHO IS CAPABLE OF ARTICULATING THE VICTIM’S SITUATION HAS STOPPED BEING A VICTIM: SHE HAS BECOME A THREAT.

IF THE CONCEPT OF GOD HAS ANY VALIDITY OR ANY USEFULNESS, IT CAN ONLY BE TO MAKE US BIGGER, MORE FREE AND MORE LOVING. IF GOD CANNOT DO THIS, THEN IT IS TIME WE REMOVE HIM.

CHILDREN HAVE NEVER BEEN VERY GOOD AT LISTENING TO THEIR ELDERS, BUT THEY HAVE NEVER STOPPED IMITATING THEM.

YOU CANNOT DESCRIBE ANYTHING WITHOUT BETRAYING YOUR POINT OF VIEW, YOUR ASPIRATIONS, YOUR FEARS, YOUR HOPES. EVERYTHING.

A LIBERAL: SOMEONE WHO THINKS HE KNOWS MORE ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE THAN YOU.

THE PRICE PAID TO FOLLOW ANY PROFESSION, OR CALLING, IS AN INTIMATE KNOWLEDGE OF ITS UGLY SIDE.

THE MOST DANGEROUS CREATION OF ANY SOCIETY IS THE MAN WHO HAS NOTHING TO LOSE.

TO BE SENSUAL, I THINK, IS TO RESPECT AND ENJOY THE FORCE OF LIFE, LIFE ITSELF, AND BE PRESENT IN EVERYTHING YOU DO, FROM THE EFFORT OF LOVE TO BREADMAKING.

The only thing white people have that black people need, or should want, is power, and no one has power forever.

Please try to remember that what they believe, as well as what they do and make you endure, does not testify to your inferiority but to their lack of humanity.

I love some people, and they love me, and some of them are white, and isn’t love more important than color

What you realize is that when you try to stand up and look the world in the face as if you have a right to be here, without knowing that this is the result, you have attacked the entire power structure of the Western world.

From my point of view, no label, no slogan, no party, no skin color and, in fact, no religion is more important than the human being.

It is not a romantic affair. It is the unspeakable truth: all men are brothers. That is the conclusion.

People who treat others as less than human should not be surprised when the bread they have thrown into the waters floats back to them, poisoned.

The power of the white world is threatened every time a black man refuses to accept the definitions of the white world.”

James Baldwin Quotes On Education

Love doesn’t start or end the way we think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is growing

Love removes the masks we fear we can’t live without and know we can’t live inside. I use the word “love

here not only in the personal sense, but as a state of being, or a state of grace, not in the American childish sense of being happy, but in the harsh and universal sense of seeking, daring, and growing

If the word ‘integration’ means anything, it is that we, with love, force our brothers to see themselves as they are, to stop running away from reality and start changing it.

the inability to love is the central problem, because that inability masks a certain terror, and that terror is the terror of being touched

And if you can’t be touched, you can’t be changed. And if you can’t be changed, you can’t be alive

Everyone’s journey is individual. If you fall in love with a boy, you fall in love with a boy. The fact that many Americans consider it a disease says more about them than it does about homosexuality

Love him and let him love you. Do you think anything else under heaven really matters

Unfortunately, people cannot invent their mooring posts, their lovers and their friends, just as they cannot invent their parents. Life gives them and also takes them away and the great difficulty is saying yes to life

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

The paradox of education is precisely this: that as one begins to be aware, he begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.

The purpose of education… is to create in a person the capacity to look the world itself, to make its own decisions

Education is indoctrination if you are white – subjugation if you are black

You think your pain and anguish are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was the books that taught me that the things that tormented me the most were the very things that connected me to everyone who was alive, who had ever been alive.

It’s almost impossible… to become educated in a country so distrustful of the independent mind

The mind is like an object that collects dust. The object does not know, like the mind, why what clings to it clings

Accepting one’s past, one’s history, is not the same as drowning in it; is learning to use it. An invented past can never be used; it cracks and crumbles under the pressures of life like clay in a dry season.

A man’s mind, enlarged by new ideas, may never return to its original dimensions

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new

Whoever opens the door of a school, closes a prison.

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

Education is the passport to the future, because tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today

be miserable OR motivate yourself. Whatever needs to be done, it’s always your choice

The difference between school and life? In school, they teach you a lesson and then they give you a test. In life, they give you a test that teaches you a lesson.

We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than by learning the answer itself

Don’t let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do

Either you will take a step forward towards growth, or you will go back towards safety.

If a man empties his bag on his head, no one can take it from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest

If people didn’t do dumb things, nothing smart would ever get done.

We can easily get by if we only take, each day, the load that has been assigned to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s load again today, and then add tomorrow’s load before we have to carry it.

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever

Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased

They cannot stop me. I will get my education, if it is in the home, school, or anyplace.

That is never too often repeated, which is never sufficiently learned.

Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in

To accuse others for one’s own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one’s education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one’s education is complete

Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back

Time is the best teacher, but unfortunately, it kills all of its students.

The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn

Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don’t just stand there, make it happen.

James Baldwin Quotes Oppression

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them. James Baldwin

The paradox of education is precisely this – that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated. James Baldwin

Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. James Baldwin When one begins to live by habit and by quotation, one has begun to stop living. James Baldwin

You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. James Baldwin

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

The future is like heaven, everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now. James Baldwin

It is a very rare man who does not victimize the helpless. James Baldwin

The power of the white world is threatened whenever a black man refuses to accept the white world’s definitions. James Baldwin

Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law. James Baldwin

Trust life, and it will teach you, in joy and sorrow, all you need to know. James Baldwin

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

The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience of the people who produced him. James Baldwin

The only thing that white people have that black people need, or should want, is power-and no one holds power forever. James Baldwin

The reason people think it’s important to be white is that they think it’s important not to be black. James Baldwin

If you’re treated a certain way you become a certain kind of person. If certain things are described to you as being real they’re real for you whether they’re real or not. James Baldwin

You have to decide who you are and force the world to deal with you, not with its idea of you. James Baldwin

You don’t have a home until you leave it and then, when you have left it, you never can go back. James Baldwin

When you’re writing you’re trying to find out something which you don’t know. James Baldwin

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. James Baldwin

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

People can cry much easier than they can change. James Baldwin

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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

Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition. James Baldwin

No man is a devil in his own mind. James Baldwin

The impossible is the least that one can demand. James

Baldwin For nothing is more unbearable, once one has it, than freedom. James Baldwin

The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see. James Baldwin

It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. James Baldwin

People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead. James Baldwin

A liberal: someone who thinks he knows more about your experience than you do. James Baldwin

It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. James Baldwin

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

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