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James A. Baldwin
August 2, 1924 - December 1, 1987
Nationality: American
Category: Author
Subcategory: American Author

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


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


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


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.


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

    Topics: Love

I've always believed that you can think positive just as well as you can think negative.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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

    Topics: Love

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


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.


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

    Topics: Children

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