James Baldwin

1924 - 1987

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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A Quote by James Baldwin on art, purpose, and questions

The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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A Quote by James Baldwin on change

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Most of us are about as eager to be changed as we were to be born, and go through our changes in a similar state of shock.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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A Quote by James Baldwin on heart

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Be careful what you set your heart upon, for it will surely be yours.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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A Quote by James Baldwin on country, distrust, education, impossibility, independence, and mind

It is very nearly impossible . . . to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.

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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