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James Baldwin Quote: “The journey to the grave is already begun, the journey to corruption is, always, already, half over.”
James Baldwin Quote: “But white Americans do not believe in death, and this is why the darkness of my skin so intimidates them.”
James Baldwin Quote: “Americans are as unlike any other white people in the world as it is possible to be. I do not think, for example, that it is too much to suggest that the American vision of the world – which allows so little reality, generally speaking, for any of the darker forces in human life, which tends until today to paint moral issues in glaring black and white – owes a great deal to the battle waged by Americans to maintain between themselves and black men a human separation which could not be bridged.”
James Baldwin Quote: “Everything depends on how relentlessly one forces from experience the last drop, sweet or bitter, it can possibly give.”
James Baldwin Quote: “Somebody,” said Jacques, “your father or mine, should have told us that not many people have ever died of love. But multitudes have perished, and are perishing every hour – and in the oddest places! – for the lack of it.”
James Baldwin Quote: “But if women are supposed to be led by men and there aren’t any men to lead them, what happens then? What happens then?”
James Baldwin Quote: “Souvenez vous,” she tells me. “One must make a little prayer from time to time.”
James Baldwin Quote: “There they stood, in twos and threes and fours, in their Cub Scout uniforms and with their Cub Scout faces, totally unprepared, as is the way with American he-men, for anything that could not be settled with a club or a fist or a gun.”
James Baldwin Quote: “Assimilation was frequently but another name for the very special brand of relations between human beings which had been imposed by colonialism. These relations demanded that the individual, torn from the context to which he owed his identity, should replace his habits of feeling, thinking, and acting by another set of habits which belonged to the strangers who dominated him.”
James Baldwin Quote: “Well, I may or may not be bitter, but if I were I would have good reasons for it: chief among them that American blindness, or cowardice, which allows us to pretend that life presents no reasons for being bitter.”
James Baldwin Quote: “The dead man mattered, the new life mattered; blackness and whiteness did not matter; to believe that they did was to acquiesce in one’s own destruction. Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated and this was an immutable law.”
James Baldwin Quote: “But just as a society must have a scapegoat, so hatred must have a symbol.”
James Baldwin Quote: “He wished he could rescue her, that it was within his power to rescue her and make her life less hard. But it was only love which could accomplish the miracle of making a life bearable – only love, and love itself mostly failed; and he had never loved her. He had used her to find out something about himself. And even this was not true. He had used her in the hope of avoiding a confrontation with himself which he had, nevertheless, and with a vengeance, been forced to endure.”
James Baldwin Quote: “It seems to be typical of life in America, where opportunities, real and fancied, are thicker than anywhere else on the globe, that the second generation has no time to talk to the first.”
James Baldwin Quote: “The burden of his salvation seemed to be on me and I could not endure it.”
James Baldwin Quote: “Everything now, we must assume, is in our hands; we have no right to assume otherwise.”
James Baldwin Quote: “There is a fearful splendor in absolute desolation.”
James Baldwin Quote: “The breathing instruments inspire, Wake into voice each silent string, And sweep the sounding lyre! In a sadly pleasing strain, 2 Let the warbling lute complain: Let the loud trumpet sound, Till the roofs all around The shrill echoes rebound; While in more lengthen’d notes and slow, The deep, majestic, solemn organs blow. Hark! the numbers soft and clear Gently steal upon the.”
James Baldwin Quote: “Some moments in a life, and they needn’t be very long or seem very important, can make up for so much in that life; can redeem, justify, that pain, that bewilderment, with which one lives, and invest one with the courage not only to endure it, but to profit from it; some moments teach one the price of human connection: if one can live with one’s own pain, then one respects the pain of others, and so, briefly, but transcendentally, we can release each other from pain.”
James Baldwin Quote: “It was not only colored people who praised John, since they could not, John felt, in any case really know; but white people also said it, in fact had said it first and said it still. It was when John was five years old and in the first grade that he was first noticed; and since he was noticed by an eye altogether alien and impersonal, he began to perceive, in wild uneasiness, his individual existence.”
James Baldwin Quote: “I stared at absurd Paris, which was as cluttered now, under the scalding sun, as the landscape of my heart.”
James Baldwin Quote: “The male cannot bear very much humiliation; and he really cannot bear it, it obliterates him.”
James Baldwin Quote: “He wanted to go home and lock his door and sleep. He was tired of the troubles of real people. He wanted to get back to the people he was inventing, whose troubles he could bear.”
James Baldwin Quote: “All the western nations are caught in a lie, the lie of their pretended humanism: this means that their history has no moral justification, and that the West has no moral authority.”
James Baldwin Quote: “We are very cruelly trapped between what we would like to be and what we actually are. And we cannot possibly become what we would like to be until we are willing to ask ourselves just why the lives we lead on this continent are mainly so empty, so tame, and so ugly.”
James Baldwin Quote: “And he knew again that she was not saying everything she meant; in a kind of secret language she was telling him today something that he must remember and understand tomorrow. He watched her face, his heart swollen with love for her and with an anguish, not yet his own, that he did not understand and that frightened him.”
James Baldwin Quote: “The mind is like an object that picks up dust. The object doesn’t know, any more than the mind does, why what clings to it clings.”
James Baldwin Quote: “I wish to God I may die if I don’t love you. There ain’t no sky above us if I don’t love you.”
James Baldwin Quote: “The face of a lover is an unknown, precisely because it is invested with so much of oneself. It is a mystery, containing, like all mysteries, the possibility of torment.”
James Baldwin Quote: “But that battered word, truth, having made its appearance here, confronts one immediately with a series of riddles and has, moreover, since so many gospels are preached, the unfortunate tendency to make one belligerent.”
James Baldwin Quote: “It is cruel to have made me want to live only to make my death more bloody.”
James Baldwin Quote: “This lack of what may roughly be called social paranoia causes the American writer in Europe to feel – almost certainly for the first time in his life – that he can reach out to everyone, that he is accessible to everyone and open to everything. This is an extraordinary feeling. He feels, so to speak, his own weight, his own value.”
James Baldwin Quote: “The way to be really despicable is to be contemptuous of other people’s pain.”
James Baldwin Quote: “But it is part of the business of the writer – as I see it – to examine attitudes, to go beneath the surface, to tap the source.”
James Baldwin Quote: “If your countrymen think that privacy is a crime, so much the worse for your country.”
James Baldwin Quote: “The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid: the state of being alone.”
James Baldwin Quote: “She was twenty and had come to realize that, though she had a voice, she wasn’t a singer; that to endure and embrace the life of a singer demands a whole lot more than a voice.”
James Baldwin Quote: “It’s astounding the first time you realize that a stranger has a body – the realization that he has a body makes him a stranger. It means that you have a body, too. You will live with this forever, and it will spell out the language of your life.”
James Baldwin Quote: “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.”
James Baldwin Quote: “I am proud of these people not because of their color but because of their intelligence and their spiritual force and their beauty. The country should be proud of them, too, but, alas, not many people in this country even know of their existence. And the reason for this ignorance is that a knowledge of the role these people played – and play – in American life would reveal more about America to Americans than Americans wish to know.”
James Baldwin Quote: “The question of identity is a question involving the most profound panic – a terror as primary as the nightmare of the mortal fall.”
James Baldwin Quote: “I love America more than any other country in the world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually. I think all theories are suspect, that the finest principles may have to be modified, or may even be pulverized by the demands of life, and that one must find, therefore, one’s own moral center and move through the world hoping that this center will guide one aright.”
James Baldwin Quote: “We cannot discuss the state of our minorities until we first have a sense of what we are, who we are, what our goals are, and what we take life to be.”
James Baldwin Quote: “And there was something so artless in this smile that I had to smile back.”
James Baldwin Quote: “We held each other so close that we might indeed have been one body.”
James Baldwin Quote: “We take our shape within and against that cage of reality bequeathed us at our birth.”
James Baldwin Quote: “People who cling to their illusions find it difficult, if not impossible, to learn anything worth learning: a people under the necessity of creating themselves must examine everything, and soak up learning the way the roots of a tree soak up water.”
James Baldwin Quote: “I did not know, however, that ancient glories imply, at least in the middle of the present century, present fatigue and, quite probably, paranoia; that there is a limit to the role of intelligence in human affairs; and that no people come into possession of a culture without having paid a heavy price for it.”
James Baldwin Quote: “People find it very difficult to act on what they know. To act is to be committed, and to be committed is to be in danger.”
James Baldwin Quote: “You go to white movies and, like everybody else, you fall in love with Joan Crawford, and you root for the Good Guys who are killing off the Indians. It comes as a great psychological collision when you realize all of these things are really metaphors for your oppression, and will lead into a kind of psychological warfare in which you may perish.”
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