James Baldwin

1924 - 1987

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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A Quote by James Baldwin on good and honesty

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

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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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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