“Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.”
“People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead.”
― James Baldwin, Go Tell It On The Mountain
“I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.”
― James Baldwin
James Baldwin and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time. ”
James Baldwin and Maya Angelou
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
“Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be.”
“Trust life, and it will teach you, in joy and sorrow, all you need to know.”
“Be careful what you set your heart upon – for it will surely be yours.”
“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
“You write in order to change the world … if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.”
“It is very nearly impossible to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.”
The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.
People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned.
“Artists are here to disturb the peace.”
“Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.
Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law.
I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all.
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.
James Baldwin (Aug 2, 1924 – Dec 1, 1987)