Quotes by James Baldwin

James Baldwin

James Baldwin

American writer

Alive from: 1924-1987

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.
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    Anyone who has struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.
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    At bottom, to be colored means that one has been caught in some utterly unbelievable cosmic joke, a joke so hideous and in such bad taste that it defeats all categories and definitions.
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    Be careful what you set your heart upon - for it will surely be yours.
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    Color is not a human or a personal reality it is a political reality.
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    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.
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    Do I really want to be integrated into a burning house?
    Source: The Fire Next Time (1963)
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    Employment is my right my destiny.
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    Europe has what we [Americans] do not have yet, a sense of the mysterious and inexorable limits of life, a sense, in a word, of tragedy. And we have what they sorely need: a sense of life's possibilities.
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    Everything in life depends on how that life accepts its limits.
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    Experience is a private, and a very largely speechless affair.
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    Experience that destroys innocents also leads one back to it.
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    Fires can't be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks.
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    Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law.
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    He may be a very nice man. But I haven't got the time to figure that out. All I know is, he's got a uniform and a gun and I have to relate to him that way. That's the only way to relate to him because one of us may have to die.
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