Children have never been any good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
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.
Source: The Fire Next Time, 1963
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.
Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law.
I want to be an honest man and a good writer.
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