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All Quotes by author - James A. Baldwin
" A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled. "
" American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it. "
" Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor. "
" Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent. "
" 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. "
" Education is indoctrination if you're white - subjugation if you're black. "
" Everybody's journey is individual. If you fall in love with a boy, you fall in love with a boy. The fact that many Americans consider it a disease says more about them than it does about homosexuality. "
" Every legend, moreover, contains its residuum of truth, and the root function of language is to control the universe by describing it. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" If the relationship of father to son could really be reduced to biology, the whole earth would blaze with the glory of fathers and sons. "
" I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain. "
" I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually. "
" It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. "
" It is very nearly impossible... to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind. "
" It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive. "
" I've always believed that you can think positive just as well as you can think negative. "
" I want to be an honest man and a good writer. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Love him and let him love you. Do you think anything else under heaven really matters? "
" Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. "
" Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and thought of other things if you did. "
" 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. "
" Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable. "
" No one can possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time. "
" No people come into possession of a culture without having paid a heavy price for it. "
" Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch. "
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