James Baldwin

1924 - 1987

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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A Quote by James Baldwin on art and men

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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 (1924 - 1987)

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A Quote by James Baldwin on children

A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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A Quote by James Baldwin on death, effort, enthusiasm, labor, men, and work

Fires can't be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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A Quote by James Baldwin on control, language, legends, truth, and universe

Every legend, moreover, contains its residuum of truth, and the root function of language is to control the universe by describing it.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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A Quote by James Baldwin on future and heaven

The future is like heaven - everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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A Quote by James Baldwin on hatred

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Hatred destroys the person who hates.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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A Quote by James Baldwin on certainty, enemies, ignorance, justice, and power

It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

Source: The Price of the Ticket, 1972

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A Quote by James Baldwin on art and life

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Life is more important than art; that's what makes art important.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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