James Baldwin Quotes

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James Baldwin Quotes
James Baldwin Quotes
James Baldwin was an American novelist, and social critic, best known for his works like Notes of a Native Son, Giovanni's Room, The Fire Next Time and Another Country. Here I have compiled down some of the best James Baldwin quotes for you to learn and get inspired.

Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
James Baldwin

Trust life, and it will teach you, in joy and sorrow, all you need to know.
James Baldwin

Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be
James Baldwin

Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.
James Baldwin

People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead.
James Baldwin

Nakedness has no color: this can come as news only to those who have never covered, or been covered by, another naked human being.
James Baldwin, No Name in the Street

All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.
James Baldwin

True rebels after all, are as rare as true lovers,and in both cases, to mistake a fever for passion can destroy one's life
James Baldwin

I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.
James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.
James Baldwin

I can't believe what you say, because I see what you do.
James Baldwin

Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch.
James Baldwin

It is very nearly impossible to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.
James Baldwin

Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.
James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room

To accept one’s past – one’s history – is not the same thing as drowning in it; it is learning how to use it. An invented past can never be used; it cracks and crumbles under the pressures of life like clay in a season of drought.
James Baldwin

Neither love nor terror makes one blind: indifference makes one blind.
James Baldwin

Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time.
James Baldwin

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
James Baldwin

People can't, unhappily, invent their mooring posts, their lovers and their friends, anymore than they can invent their parents. Life gives these and also takes them away and the great difficulty is to say Yes to life.
James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room

The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.
James Baldwin

The price one pays for pursuing any profession or calling is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.
James Baldwin

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
James Baldwin

The victim who is able to articulate the situation of the victim has ceased to be a victim: he or she has become a threat.
James Baldwin

No man is a devil in his own mind.
James Baldwin

The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.
James Baldwin

Hatred is always self hatred, and there is something suicidal about it.
James Baldwin

You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.
James Baldwin

Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.
James Baldwin

You have to go the way your blood beats. If you don't live the only life you have, you won't live some other life, you won't live any life at all.
James Baldwin

You write in order to change the world ... if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.
James Baldwin

Everybody's journey is individual. If you fall in love with a boy, you fall in love with a boy. The fact that many Americans consider it a disease says more about them than it does about homosexuality.
James Baldwin

Those who say it can't be done are usually interrupted by others doing it.
James Baldwin

There are so many ways of being despicable it quite makes one’s head spin. But the way to be really despicable is to be contemptuous of other people’s pain.
James Baldwin

People can cry much easier than they can change.
James Baldwin
 
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