The price one pays for pursuing any profession or calling is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.
James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
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.
Children have never been any good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled.
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.
Every legend, moreover, contains its residuum of truth, and the root function of language is to control the universe by describing it.
The future is like heaven - everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now.
Hatred destroys the person who hates.
It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.
Source: The Price of the Ticket, 1972
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