James A. Baldwin Quotes

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James A. Baldwin Quotes

I am certainly convinced that it is one of the greatest impulses of mankind to arrive at something higher than a natural state.
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The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one's key to the experience of others.

— James A. Baldwin

Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but, most of all, endurance.

— James A. Baldwin

There exists among the intolerable degraded, the perverse and powerful desire to force into the arena of the actual those fantastic crimes of which they have been accused, achieving their vengeance and their own destruction through making the nightmare real.

— James A. Baldwin

Everything depends on how relentlessly one forces from experience the last drop, sweet or bitter, it can possibly give.

— James A. Baldwin

Each of us, helplessly and forever, contains the other-male in female, female in male, white in black, and black in white. We are part of each other. Many of my countrymen appear to find this fact exceedingly inconvenient and even unfair, and so, very often, do I. But none of us can do anything about it.

— James A. Baldwin

You don't need numbers; you need passion, and this is proven by the history of the world!

— James A. Baldwin

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

— James A. Baldwin

A man's balance depends on the weight he carries between his legs.

— James A. Baldwin

Being in the pulpit, was like being in the theatre; I was behind the scenes and knew how the illusion worked.

— James A. Baldwin

If we do not now dare everything, the fulfillment of that prophecy, re-created from the Bible in song by a slave, is upon us: God gave Noah the rainbow sign. No more water, fire next time.

— James A. Baldwin

Experience is a private, very largely speechless affair.

— James A. Baldwin

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.

— James A. Baldwin

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