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James A. Baldwin Quotes


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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.
[America]
 

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

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

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

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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

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

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.
 

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

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.
[Books]
 

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.
 

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.
[Begin]
 

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

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

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.
[Money]
 

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.
 

Most people in action are not worth very much; and yet every human being is an unprecedented miracle.
 

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


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