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quote by James Baldwin: Beneath these faces, these clothes, accents, rudeness, was power and sorrow, both unadmitted, unrealized, the power of inventors, the sorrow of the disconnected. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

Beneath these faces, these clothes, accents, rudeness, was power and sorrow, both unadmitted, unrealized, the power of inventors, the sorrow of the disconnected.

--James Baldwin





quote by James Baldwin: Much has been written of love turning to hatred, of the heart growing cold with the death of love. It is a remarkable process. It is far more terrible than anything I have ever read about it, more te… with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

Much has been written of love turning to hatred, of the heart growing cold with the death of love. It is a remarkable process. It is far more terrible than anything I have ever read about it, more terrible than anything I will ever be able to say.

--James Baldwin

quote by James Baldwin: No curtain under heaven is heavier than that curtain of guilt and lies behind which white Americans hide. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

No curtain under heaven is heavier than that curtain of guilt and lies behind which white Americans hide.

--James Baldwin
quote by James Baldwin: Love brought you here. If you trusted love this far, don't panic now. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

Love brought you here. If you trusted love this far, don't panic now.

--James Baldwin
quote by James Baldwin: We live in a nation of pigs and murderers. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

We live in a nation of pigs and murderers.

--James Baldwin

quote by James Baldwin: Whoever debases others is debasing himself. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

Whoever debases others is debasing himself.

--James Baldwin
quote by James Baldwin: But I felt that it was my heart which was broken. Something had broken in me to make me so cold and so perfectly still and far away. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

But I felt that it was my heart which was broken. Something had broken in me to make me so cold and so perfectly still and far away.

--James Baldwin

quote by James Baldwin: People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them. Civil Rights activist, author, and critic James Baldwin was born on#ThisDayinHistory 1924. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them. Civil Rights activist, author, and critic James Baldwin was born on#ThisDayinHistory 1924.

--James Baldwin
quote by James Baldwin: For here you were, Big James, named for me--you were a big baby, I was not--here you were, to be loved. To be loved, baby, hard, at once, and forever, to strengthen you against the loveless world. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

For here you were, Big James, named for me--you were a big baby, I was not--here you were, to be loved. To be loved, baby, hard, at once, and forever, to strengthen you against the loveless world.

--James Baldwin
quote by James Baldwin: Perhaps he is a fool or a coward but almost everybody is one or the other and most people are both. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

Perhaps he is a fool or a coward but almost everybody is one or the other and most people are both.

--James Baldwin
quote by James Baldwin: Whose little boy are you? with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

Whose little boy are you?

--James Baldwin
quote by James Baldwin: The artistic image is not intended to represent the thing itself, but, rather, the reality of the force the thing contains. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

The artistic image is not intended to represent the thing itself, but, rather, the reality of the force the thing contains.

--James Baldwin
quote by James Baldwin: And here I was, left with only myself to deal with. It was entirely up to me. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

And here I was, left with only myself to deal with. It was entirely up to me.

--James Baldwin
quote by James Baldwin: The question of color was but another detail, somewhere between being six feet tall and being six feet under. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

The question of color was but another detail, somewhere between being six feet tall and being six feet under.

--James Baldwin


quote by James Baldwin: I yet contend that the mobs in the streets of Hitler's Germany were those in the streets not by the will of the German state, but by the will of the western world, including those architects of human… with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

I yet contend that the mobs in the streets of Hitler's Germany were those in the streets not by the will of the German state, but by the will of the western world, including those architects of human freedom, the British.

--James Baldwin

quote by James Baldwin: No matter how it seems now, I must confess: I loved him. I do not think I will ever love anyone like that again. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

No matter how it seems now, I must confess: I loved him. I do not think I will ever love anyone like that again.

--James Baldwin
quote by James Baldwin: Literature is indispensable to the world. The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way a person looks at reality, then you can change it. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

Literature is indispensable to the world. The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way a person looks at reality, then you can change it.

--James Baldwin

quote by James Baldwin: It took many years of vomiting up all the filth I'd been taught about myself, and half-believed, before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

It took many years of vomiting up all the filth I'd been taught about myself, and half-believed, before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here.

--James Baldwin


quote by James Baldwin: It is very nearly impossible to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

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

--James Baldwin
quote by James Baldwin: Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but most of all, endurance. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but most of all, endurance.

--James Baldwin
quote by James Baldwin: We made the world we're living in and we have to make it over. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

We made the world we're living in and we have to make it over.

--James Baldwin
quote by James Baldwin: Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

--James Baldwin

quote by James Baldwin: Take no one's word for anything, including mine -- but trust your experience. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

Take no one's word for anything, including mine -- but trust your experience.

--James Baldwin
quote by James Baldwin: For these are all our children. We will all profit by, or pay for, whatever they become. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

For these are all our children. We will all profit by, or pay for, whatever they become.

--James Baldwin
quote by James Baldwin: It is only in his music, which Americans are able to admire because a protective sentimentality limits their understanding of it, that the Negro in America has been able to tell his story. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

It is only in his music, which Americans are able to admire because a protective sentimentality limits their understanding of it, that the Negro in America has been able to tell his story.

--James Baldwin
quote by James Baldwin: An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience.

--James Baldwin
quote by James Baldwin: The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience of the people who produced him. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience of the people who produced him.

--James Baldwin
quote by James Baldwin: The South is very beautiful but its beauty makes one sad because the lives that people live here, and have lived here, are so ugly. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

The South is very beautiful but its beauty makes one sad because the lives that people live here, and have lived here, are so ugly.

--James Baldwin
quote by James Baldwin: 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. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

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
quote by James Baldwin: But the relationship of morality and power is a very subtle one. Because ultimately power without morality is no longer power. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

But the relationship of morality and power is a very subtle one. Because ultimately power without morality is no longer power.

--James Baldwin
quote by James Baldwin: Confronted with the impossibility of remaining faithful to one's beliefs, and the equal impossibility of becoming free of them, one can be driven to the most inhuman excesses. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

Confronted with the impossibility of remaining faithful to one's beliefs, and the equal impossibility of becoming free of them, one can be driven to the most inhuman excesses.

--James Baldwin
quote by James Baldwin: We have all had the experience of finding that our reactions and perhaps even our deeds have denied beliefs we thought were ours. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

We have all had the experience of finding that our reactions and perhaps even our deeds have denied beliefs we thought were ours.

--James Baldwin
quote by James Baldwin: The making of an American begins at the point where he himself rejects all other ties, any other history, and himself adopts the vesture of his adopted land. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

The making of an American begins at the point where he himself rejects all other ties, any other history, and himself adopts the vesture of his adopted land.

--James Baldwin
quote by James Baldwin: It is a great shock at the age of five or six to find that in a world of Gary Coopers you are the Indian. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

It is a great shock at the age of five or six to find that in a world of Gary Coopers you are the Indian.

--James Baldwin
quote by James Baldwin: If you're treated a certain way you become a certain kind of person. If certain things are described to you as being real they're real for you whether they're real or not. with background image: photo of author James Baldwin with quote

If you're treated a certain way you become a certain kind of person. If certain things are described to you as being real they're real for you whether they're real or not.

--James Baldwin

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