James Baldwin Quote

Last updated: July 22nd, 2020

James Baldwin was an American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist.I’d look at his books and I loved and respected what he needed to state. As I was given to know Jimmy we opened up to one another and turned out to be genuine noteworthy companions. Each time I went to southern France to play Antibes, I would persistently go through an evening or out at Jimmy’s home in St. Paul de Vence.

We’d simply plunk down there in that top-notch huge delightful living arrangement of his disclosing to every one of us styles of stories, lying our butts off… He turned into a choice man

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

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

“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.”

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

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

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

“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.”

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

People can cry much easier than they can change.

Neither love nor terror makes one blind: indifference makes one blind.

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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 growing up.

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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.”

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

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

james baldwin quotes on justice

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

“Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be”

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

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

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

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

“There are so many ways of being despicable it quite makes one’s head spin. But the way to be really despicable is to be contemptuous of other people’s pain.”

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

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

“The victim who is able to articulate the situation of the victim has ceased to be a victim: he or she has become a threat.”

 james baldwin quotes on change

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 victim who is able to articulate the situation of the victim has ceased to be a victim: he or she has become a threat. 

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

“People can cry much easier than they can change.” 

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

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

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

Any real change implies the breakup of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one an identity, the end of safety. 

“It took many years of vomiting up all the filth I’d been taught about myself, and half-believed, before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here.”

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

1st earl Baldwin of Bewdley advanced an ardor for studying at an early age and demonstrated a present for writing at some stage in his faculty years. He attended DeWitt Clinton High School inside the Bronx, wherein he labored on the school’s mag with future well-known photographer Richard Avedon.

1st earl Baldwin of Bewdley published several poems, short stories, and plays in the magazine, and his early work confirmed an understanding of sophisticated literary gadgets in an author of one of this young age.

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