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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 on Love


Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.

  • love

People can cry much easier than they can change.


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

  • change



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


Be careful what you set your heart upon -- for it will surely be yours.


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


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


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.


Anyone who has struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.


The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an immediate knowledge of its ugly side.


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.


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


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


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


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.


There is a sanctity involved with bringing a child into this world: it is better than bombing one out of it.


There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now.


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


When the book comes out it may hurt you -- but in order for me to do it, it had to hurt me first. I can only tell you about yourself as much as I can face about myself.


Experience that destroys innocents also leads one back to it.


Rage cannot be hidden, it can only be dissembled. This dissembling deludes the thoughtless, and strengthens rage and adds, to rage, contempt.


Everything in life depends on how that life accepts its limits.


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


The American ideal, after all, is that everyone should be as much alike as possible.


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.


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


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


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

  • act

Experience is a private, and a very largely speechless affair.

  • experience



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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.


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


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.


No people come into possession of a culture without having paid a heavy price for it.


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


It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.


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

  • black

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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 on Love

  • love

Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.

  • love

Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.

  • love

Everybody'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?


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There is a sanctity involved with bringing a child into this world: it is better than bombing one out of it.

  • bombing

The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one's key to the experience of others.


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


The world is before you and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.


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


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

  • education

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.

  • become

A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled.

  • education

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

  • black

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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 on Love

  • love

To be sensual, I think, is to respect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the making of bread.


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

  • anything

The young think that failure is the Siberian end of the line, banishment from all the living, and tend to do what I then did - which was to hide.


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

  • black

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

  • authors

Fires can't be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks.


People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned.


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




The future is... black.


Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and thought of other things if you did.


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

  • change

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


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.

  • art

Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.

  • love

A platitude is simply a truth repeated till people get tired of hearing it.


Voyagers discover that the world can never be larger than the person that is in the world; but it is impossible to foresee this, it is impossible to be warned.


Confronted with the impossibility of remaining faithful to one's beliefs, and the equal impossibility of becoming free of them, one can be driven to the most inhuman excesses.

  • belief

No one is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart: for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.


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


Nakedness has no color: this can come as news only to those who have never covered, or been covered by, another naked human being.


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


People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster.


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


The face of a lover is an unknown, precisely because it is invested with so much of oneself. It is a mystery, containing, like all mysteries, the possibility of torment.


The question of sexual dominance can exist only in the nightmare of that soul which has armed itself, totally, against the possibility of the changing motion of conquest and surrender, which is love.


The young think that failure is the Siberian end of the line, banishment from all the living, and tend to do what I then did - which was to hide.

  • failure

To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.


The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one's key to the experience of others.

  • asks

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.

  • beautiful

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.


An identity is questioned only when it is menaced, as when the mighty begin to fall, or when the wretched begin to rise, or when the stranger enters the gates, never, thereafter, to be a stranger. Identity would seem to be the garment with which one covers the nakedness of the self: in which case, it is best that the garment be loose, a little like the robes of the desert, through which one's nakedness can always be felt, and, sometimes, discerned. This trust in one's nakedness is all that gives one the power to change one's robes.

  • identity

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

  • anything

Europe has what we do not have yet, a sense of the mysterious and inexorable limits of life, a sense, in a word, of tragedy. And we have what they sorely need: a sense of life's possibilities.


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

  • black

He may be a very nice man. But I haven't got the time to figure that out. All I know is, he's got a uniform and a gun and I have to relate to him that way. That's the only way to relate to him because one of us may have to die.


The establishment of democracy on the American continent was scarcely as radical a break with the past as was the necessity, which Americans faced, of broadening this concept to include black men.


American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.


Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.


We cannot discuss the state of our minorities until we first have some sense of what we are, who we are, what our goals are, and what we take life to be. The question is not what we can do now for the hypothetical Mexican, the hypothetical Negro. The question is what we really want out of life, for ourselves, what we think is real.


I want to be an honest man and a good writer.


Pessimists are the people who have no hope for themselves or for others. Pessimists are also people who think the human race is beneath their notice, that they're better than other human beings.


It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.

  • alive

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 begin to do to yourself.


A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled.

  • education

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, which is the only fact we have.


Everybody'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.

  • boy

For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock. Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have. The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.


It is only in his music, which Americans are able to admire because a protective sentimentality limits their understanding of it, that the Negro in America has been able to tell his story.


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

  • black

Americans, unhappily, have the most remarkable ability to alchemize all bitter truths into an innocuous but piquant confection and to transform their moral contradictions, or public discussion of such contradictions, into a proud decoration, such as are given for heroism on the battle field.


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.

  • allowed

The writer's greed is appalling. He wants, or seems to want, everything and practically everybody, in another sense, and at the same time, he needs no one at all.


Perhaps everybody has a garden of Eden, I don't know; but they have scarcely seen their garden before they see the flaming sword. Then, perhaps, life only offers the choice of remembering the garden or forgetting it. Either, or: it takes strength to remember, it takes another kind of strength to forget, it takes a hero to do both. 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. Heroes are rare.


If the relationship of father to son could really be reduced to biology, the whole earth would blaze with the glory of fathers and sons.


James Joyce is right about history being a nightmare-- but it may be that nightmare from which no one can awaken. People are trapped in history and history in trapped in them.

  • history

To be sensual, I think, is to respect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the making of bread.

  • bread

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

  • accept

The greatest significance of the present student generation is that it is through them that the point of view of the subjugated is finally and inexorably being expressed.


Christianity has operated with an unmitigated arrogance and cruelty -- necessarily, since a religion ordinarily imposes on those who have discovered the true faith the spiritual duty of liberating the infidels.


The world is before you and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.

  • came

We are all androgynous, not only because we are all born of a woman impregnated by the seed of a man but because each of us, helplessly and forever, contains the other -- male in female, female in male, white in black and black in white. We are a part of each other. Many of my countrymen appear to find this fact exceedingly inconvenient and even unfair, and so, very often, do I. But none of us can do anything about it.


No one can possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time.


Every legend, moreover, contains its residuum of truth, and the root function of language is to control the universe by describing it.


The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.


No people come into possession of a culture without having paid a heavy price for it.

  • come

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

  • history

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

  • failure

Any honest examination of the national life proves how far we are from the standard of human freedom with which we began. The recovery of this standard demands of everyone who loves this country a hard look at himself, for the greatest achievements must begin somewhere, and they always begin with the person. If we are not capable of this examination, we may yet become one of the most distinguished and monumental failures in the history of nations.


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

  • society

It is rare indeed that people give. Most people guard and keep; they suppose that it is they themselves and what they identify with themselves that they are guarding and keeping, whereas what they are actually guarding and keeping is their system of reality and what they assume themselves to be.


Society is held together by our need; we bind it together with legend, myth, coercion, fearing that without it we will be hurled into that void, within which, like the earth before the Word was spoken, the foundations of society are hidden.

  • society

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


I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all.


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

  • truth

The American ideal of sexuality appears to be rooted in the American ideal of masculinity. This idea has created cowboys and Indians, good guys and bad guys, punks and studs, tough guys and softies, butch and faggot, black and white. It is an ideal so paralytically infantile that it is virtually forbidden -- as an unpatriotic act -- that the American boy evolve into the complexity of manhood.

  • sex

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

  • black

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


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


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

  • age

Words like freedom, justice, democracy are not common concepts; on the contrary, they are rare. People are not born knowing what these are. It takes enormous and, above all, individual effort to arrive at the respect for other people that these words imply.


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