James Baldwin

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James Baldwin

James Baldwin

Be careful what you set your heart upon -- for it will surely be yours.More James Baldwin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Christianity has operated with an unmitigated arrogance and cruelty -- necessarily, since a religion ordinarily imposes on those who have discovered the true faith the spiritual duty of liberating the infidels.More James Baldwin [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 [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled.More James Baldwin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The future is... black.More James Baldwin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Experience is a private, and a very largely speechless affair.More James Baldwin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Experience that destroys innocents also leads one back to it.More James Baldwin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More James Baldwin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There are few things more dreadful than dealing with a man who knows he is going under, in his own eyes, and in the eyes of others. Nothing can help that man. What is left of that man flees from what is left of human attention.More James Baldwin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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 [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Any honest examination of the national life proves how far we are from the standard of human freedom with which we began. The recovery of this standard demands of everyone who loves this country a hard look at himself, for the greatest achievements must begin somewhere, and they always begin with the person. If we are not capable of this examination, we may yet become one of the most distinguished and monumental failures in the history of nations.More James Baldwin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience.More James Baldwin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Words like freedom, justice, democracy are not common concepts; on the contrary, they are rare. People are not born knowing what these are. It takes enormous and, above all, individual effort to arrive at the respect for other people that these words imply.More James Baldwin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
But the relationship of morality and power is a very subtle one. Because ultimately power without morality is no longer power.More James Baldwin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The making of an American begins at the point where he himself rejects all other ties, any other history, and himself adopts the vesture of his adopted land.More James Baldwin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Anyone who has struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.More James Baldwin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is a very rare man who does not victimize the helpless.More James Baldwin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The establishment of democracy on the American continent was scarcely as radical a break with the past as was the necessity, which Americans faced, of broadening this concept to include black men.More James Baldwin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
No one can possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time.More James Baldwin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A platitude is simply a truth repeated till people get tired of hearing it.More James Baldwin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The greatest significance of the present student generation is that it is through them that the point of view of the subjugated is finally and inexorably being expressed.More James Baldwin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We take our shape, it is true, within and against that cage of reality bequeathed us at our birth; and yet is precisely through our dependence on this reality that we are most endlessly betrayed.More James Baldwin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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 [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
No one is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart: for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.More James Baldwin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Rage cannot be hidden, it can only be dissembled. This dissembling deludes the thoughtless, and strengthens rage and adds, to rage, contempt.More James Baldwin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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