James Baldwin

James Baldwin

American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic
I prefer sinners and madmen, who can learn, who can change, who can teach-or people like myself, if I may say so, who are not afraid to eat a lobster alone as they take on their shoulders the monumental weight of thirty yearsMore James Baldwin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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.More James Baldwin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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.More James Baldwin quotes [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is very nearly impossible... to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.More James Baldwin quotes [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is a terrible, an inexorable law that one cannot deny the humanity of another without diminishing one's own: in the face of one's victim, one sees oneself.More James Baldwin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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