James Baldwin

1924 - 1987

A Quote by James Baldwin on people

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People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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A Quote by James Baldwin on experience, questions, and world

The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one's key to the experience of others.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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A Quote by James Baldwin on change, people, reality, and world

The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way . . . people look at reality, then you can change it.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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A Quote by James Baldwin on change, literature, order, and world

You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can't, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world. . . .

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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A Quote by James Baldwin

One can only face in others what one can face in oneself.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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A Quote by James Baldwin on limitations

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

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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A Quote by James Baldwin on children, day, death, doubt, fear, hatred, impossibility, joy, life, love, men, murder, past, sorrow, trust, and women

[The Negro past] of rope, fire, torture, castration, infanticide, rape; death and humiliation; fear by day and night, fear as deep as the marrow of the bone; doubt that he was worthy of life, since everyone around him denied it; sorrow for his women, for his kinfolk, for his children, who needed his protection, and whom he could not protect; rage, hatred and murder, hatred for white men so deep that it often turned against him and his own, and made all love, all trust, all joy impossible.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

Source: The Fire Next Time, 1963

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A Quote by James Baldwin on talent and world

Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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A Quote by James Baldwin on knowledge and ugliness

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

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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A Quote by James Baldwin on world

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You know, it's not the world that was my oppressor, because what the world does to you, if the world does it to you long enough and effectively enough, you begin to do to yourself.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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