James Baldwin

1924 - 1987

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.

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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.

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A Quote by James Baldwin on creation, danger, and society

The most dangerous creation of any society is that man who has nothing to lose.

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A Quote by James Baldwin on good and honesty

I want to be an honest man and a good writer.

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A Quote by James Baldwin on danger, heart, imagination, and purity

Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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A Quote by James Baldwin on experience and liberals

A liberal: someone who thinks he knows more about your experience than you do.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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A Quote by James Baldwin on anguish, art, confession, force, kindness, and survival

All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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