James Baldwin

1924 - 1987

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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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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