James Baldwin

1924 - 1987

A Quote by James Baldwin

Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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A Quote by James Baldwin on children, elderly, failure, good, imitation, and listening

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

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 beginning, education, paradox, and society

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 (1924 - 1987)

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A Quote by James Baldwin on fulfillment, god, prophets, slavery, songs, time, and water

If we do not now dare everything, the fulfillment of that prophecy, re-created from the Bible in song by a slave, is upon us: God gave Noah the rainbow sign. No more water, fire next time.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

Source: The Fire Next Time, 1963

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A Quote by James Baldwin on force, imagination, pain, and people

I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hate so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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A Quote by James Baldwin on destruction, failure, hatred, and laws

Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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