James Baldwin

1924 - 1987

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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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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