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James Baldwin Quote: “The details and symbols of your life have been deliberately constructed to make you believe what white people say about you. 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 and fear.”
James Baldwin Quote: “It’s a great city, Paris, a beautiful city––and––it was very good for me.”
James Baldwin Quote: “But art and ideas come out of the passion and torment of experience: it is impossible to have a real relationship to the first if one’s aim is to be protected from the second.”
James Baldwin Quote: “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.”
James Baldwin Quote: “There’s no way not to suffer. But you try all kinds of ways to keep from drowning in it.”
James Baldwin Quote: “But as long as we in the West place on color the value that we do, we make it impossible for the great unwashed to consolidate themselves according to any other principle. Color is not a human or a personal reality; it is a political reality.”
James Baldwin Quote: “People love different people in different ways.”
James Baldwin Quote: “Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. I use the word “love” here not merely in the personal sense but as a state of being, or a state of grace – not in the infantile American sense of being made happy but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and growth.”
James Baldwin Quote: “Their singing caused him to believe in the presence of the Lord; indeed, it was no longer a question of belief, because they made that presence real.”
James Baldwin Quote: “I am certainly convinced that it is one of the greatest impulses of mankind to arrive at something higher than a natural state.”
James Baldwin Quote: “The black man in our midst carried murder in his heart, he wanted vengeance. We carried murder too, we wanted peace.”
James Baldwin Quote: “Then the door is before him. There is darkness all around him, there is silence in him. Then the door opens and he stands alone, the whole world falling away from him. And the brief corner of the sky seems to be shrieking, though he does not hear a sound. Then the earth tilts, he is thrown forward on his face in darkness, and his journey begins.”
James Baldwin Quote: “I don’t know any writers who don’t drink.”
James Baldwin Quote: “Unless a writer is extremely old when he dies, in which case he has probably become a neglected institution, his death must always seem untimely.”
James Baldwin Quote: “I thought she would be fun to have fun with.”
James Baldwin Quote: “But I felt that it was my heart which was broken. Something had broken in me to make me so cold and so perfectly still and far away.”
James Baldwin Quote: “A writer has to take all the risks of putting down what he sees.”
James Baldwin Quote: “It is only because the world looks on his talent with such a frightening indifference that the artist is compelled to make his talent important.”
James Baldwin Quote: “It’s funny about people. Just before something happens, you almost know what it is. You do know what it is, I believe. You just haven’t had the time – and now you won’t have the time – to say it to yourself.”
James Baldwin Quote: “Most people are not naturally reflective any more than they are naturally malicious, and the white man prefers to keep the black man at a certain human remove because it is easier for him thus to preserve his simplicity and avoid being called to account for crimes committed by his forefathers, or his neighbors.”
James Baldwin Quote: “A mob is not autonomous: it executes the real will of the people who rule the State. The slaughter in Birmingham, Alabama, for example, was not merely the action of a mob.”
James Baldwin Quote: “I had to get out of there for my face showed too much, the war in my body was dragging me down. My feet refused to carry me over to him again. The wind of my life was blowing me away.”
James Baldwin Quote: “They knew that no one heard, that bloodless people cannot be made to bleed. So they blew what everyone had heard before, they reassured everyone that nothing terrible was happening.”
James Baldwin Quote: “A man’s balance depends on the weight he carries between his legs.”
James Baldwin Quote: “Time is just common, it’s like water for a fish. Everybody’s in this water, nobody gets out of it, or if he does the same thing happens to him that happens to the fish, he dies. And you know what happens in this water, time? The big fish eat the little fish. That’s all. The big fish eat the little fish and the ocean doesn’t care.”
James Baldwin Quote: “In the United States, violence and heroism have been made synonymous except when it comes to blacks, and.”
James Baldwin Quote: “I wanted to say so many things. Yet when I opened my mouth, I made no sound. And yet – I do not know what I felt for Giovanni. I felt nothing for Giovanni, I felt terror and pity and a rising lust.”
James Baldwin Quote: “We have all had the experience of finding that our reactions and perhaps even our deeds have denied beliefs we thought were ours.”
James Baldwin Quote: “A real writer is always shifting and changing and searching.”
James Baldwin Quote: “One must be careful not to take refuge in any delusion.”
James Baldwin Quote: “An American Negro, however deep his sympathies, or however bright his rage, ceases to be simply a black man when he faces a black man from Africa.”
James Baldwin Quote: “You might feel different out there, with all the sunshine and oranges and all.”
James Baldwin Quote: “Men do not like to be protected, it emasculates them. This is what black men know, it is the reality they have lived with; it is what white men do not want to know. It is not a pretty thing to be a father and be ultimately dependent on the power and kindness of some other man for the well-being of your house.”
James Baldwin Quote: “Because only an artist can tell and only an artist have told, since we have heard of man, what it is like for anyone that gets this planet, to survive it. What it is like to die, or to have somebody die, what it is like to fear death, what is it like to fear, what it is like to love, what it is like to be glad.”
James Baldwin Quote: “The glorification of one race and the consequent debasement of another – or others – always has been and always will be a recipe for murder. There is no way around this. If one is permitted to treat any group of people with special disfavor because of their race or the color of their skin, there is no limit to what one will force them to endure, and, since the entire race has been mysteriously indicted, no reason not to attempt to destroy it root and branch.”
James Baldwin Quote: “All racists are irresponsible.”
James Baldwin Quote: “And then: ‘Here comes your baby. Sois sage. Sois chic.’ He moved slightly away and began talking to the boy next to him. And here my baby came indeed, through all that sunlight, his face flushed and his hair flying, his eyes, unbelievably, like morning stars.”
James Baldwin Quote: “And here I was, left with only myself to deal with. It was entirely up to me.”
James Baldwin Quote: “The price of the liberation of the white people is the liberation of the blacks – the total liberation, in the cities, in the towns, before the law, and in the mind.”
James Baldwin Quote: “People who believe that they are strong-willed and the masters of their destiny can only continue to believe this by becoming specialists in self-deception. Their decisions are not really decisions at all – a real decision makes one humble, one knows that it is at the mercy of more things than can be named – but elaborate systems of evasion, of illusion, designed to make themselves and the world appear to be what they and the world are not.”
James Baldwin Quote: “He wanted me to come home – to come home, as he said, and settle down, and whenever he said that I thought of the sediment at the bottom of a stagnant pond.”
James Baldwin Quote: “In Africa, he said, there was none whatever. Africans do not, in fact, believe that Christianity is any longer real for Europeans, due to the immense scaffolding with which they have covered it, and the fact that this religion has no effect whatever on their conduct.”
James Baldwin Quote: “I began plotting novels at about the time I learned to read. The story of my childhood is the usual bleak fantasy, and we can dismiss it with the restrained observation that I certainly would not consider living it again.”
James Baldwin Quote: “If a society permits one portion of its citizenry to be menaced or destroyed, then, very soon, no one in that society is safe. The forces thus released in the people can never be held in check, but run their devouring course, destroying the very foundations which it was imagined they would save.”
James Baldwin Quote: “I went down again. My heart and I went down again. I was aware of her hand. I was aware of my breathing. I could no longer see it, but I was aware of her face.”
James Baldwin Quote: “Little breezes dusk 3 and shiver Through the wave that runs forever By the island in the river Flowing down to Camelot; Four gray walls, and four gray towers, Overlook a space of flowers, And the silent isle imbowers The Lady of Shalott.”
James Baldwin Quote: “What a great difference there is,′ she said, ’between dreaming of something and dealing with it!”
James Baldwin Quote: “She was so incredibly beautiful – she seemed to be wearing the sunlight, rearranging it around her from time to time, with a movement of one hand, with a movement of her head, and with her smile – that, when she paid the man and started out of the store, I started out behind her.”
James Baldwin Quote: “Confronted with the impossibility of remaining faithful to one’s beliefs, and the equal impossibility of becoming free of them, one can be driven to the most inhuman excesses.”
James Baldwin Quote: “The projects in Harlem are hated. They are hated almost as much as policemen, and this is saying a great deal. And they are hated for the same reason: both reveal, unbearably, the real attitude of the white world, no matter how many liberal speeches are made, no matter how many lofty editorials are written, no matter how many civil-rights commissions are set up.”
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