James Baldwin

James Baldwin

American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic
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.More James Baldwin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Years ago, when he was around fourteen, he'd been all hipped on the idea of going to India. He read books about people sitting on rocks, naked, in all kinds of weather, but mostly bad, naturally, and walking barefoot through hot coals and arriving at wisdom. I used to say that it sounded to me as though they were getting away from wisdom as fast as they could. I think he sort of looked down on me for that.More James Baldwin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
But it was not the room’s disorder which was frightening; it was the fact that when one began searching for the key to this disorder, one realized that it was not to be found in any of the usual places. For this was not a matter of habit or circumstance or temperament; it was a matter of punishment and grief.More James Baldwin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Trust life, and it will teach you, in joy and sorrow, all you need to know.More James Baldwin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I was guilty and irritated and full of love and pain. I wanted to kick him and I wanted to take him in my arms.More James Baldwin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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