٩(⁎❛ᴗ❛⁎)۶ try 1ClickURLs.com shorten multiple urls free

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

  Email Quote to Friends   Link to Quote   Create Short URL  Publish Text About This Quote   Share on Facebook, Twitter, and more
  See Recommended Quotes For You

Related

We have a right to life, not on it.
DANIEL MELGAçO
Our lives!!! We have just all of a sudden discovered that here we are with something called life see...
SUNDAY ADELAJA
If we have confidence in our own beliefs, we should not fear freedom of thought,
TAYYIP ERDOGAN
We all have our beliefs or our agnosticism.
NICOLAS ROEG
We've got exactly what we need to fulfill our destiny!
ABHISHEK KUMAR
Out of our beliefs are born deeds; out of our deeds we form habits; out of our habits grows our char...
HENRY HANCOCK
All that we've had, all that we have, and all that will be ours will be lost. If not during our life...
GIOVANNI COLLAZO
It's the imperfections that make things beautiful
JENNY HAN
I thought our team really came out to play. We were ready to play and we have a lot of experience.
BARRET PEERY
Most of all, we remain focused on our Rock that never moves.
CRAIG GROESCHEL
So even though I thought we were good-I thought our harmony and our blend was real good-I thought we...
ART GARFUNKEL
All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, w...
JOHANN VON GOETHE
All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours,...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, w...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
We were arrogant, we thought we were safe because we had our production contracts with the big studi...
JOY BACON
External actions are evidence of internal beliefs. Our deeds are what show our creeds.
TIM HILLER
The last half against Duluth we had trouble on defense and we need to improve on that. We sometimes ...
ERIC HALL
Why be greedy when you can have it all.
ANTHONY T. HINCKS
All of us have our individual curses, something that we are uncomfortable with and something that we...
WES CRAVEN
All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and...
SWAMI VIVEKANANDA
Our deeds follow us, and what we have been makes us what we are.
JOHN DYKES
We should be lenient in our judgment, because often the mistakes of others would have been ours had ...
DR. ALSAKER
Our fathers had their dreams; we have ours; the generation that follows will have its own. Without d...
OLIVE SCHREINER
They've both had a lot of experience, and they'll kind of stabilize our infield. At least we have ex...
JANET LUGGE
Perhaps we all lose our sense of reality to the precise degree to which we are engrossed in our own ...
W.G. SEBALD
If we all were judged according to the consequences
Of all our words and deeds, beyond the inte...
T.S. ELIOT
Eighty percent of the ladies from our database have attended our tour socials and met with our Russi...
DAN SYKES
Before we even discovered that we were so smart, our Manufacturer already had it all figured out.
YAY PADUA-OLMEDO
When we see the face of God we shall know that we have always known it. He has been a party to, has ...
C.S. LEWIS
What we wanted defended were our values and beliefs, and that didn't happen,
KYLE TAYLOR
The answer isn't more time but a greater awareness of the time we have.
CRAIG GROESCHEL
We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe.
OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES
We have a greater responsibility to our beliefs than we do to the federal government.
WILLIAM AILA
Air is approximately 21% oxygen, our brains feed off of oxygen. So basically we are all airheads.
ANDONI GARCIA
Inspired By Beauty In Creation We Are One
DANIEL GILMAN
We learn our belief systems as very little children, and then we move through life creating experien...
LOUISE L. HAY
We ought to, as human beings, have the courage to seek a collective “truth” that benefits our sp...
TARUN BETALA
Child, to say the very thing you really mean, the whole of it, nothing more or less or other than wh...
C.S. LEWIS
Quentin and I were constantly finding something new that we had in common and comic books were one o...
DAVID CARRADINE
Our girls thought that play was off-side. The puck had cleared the zone, and when they scored we wer...
DON PARR
I thought we came out and took care of what we needed to do even though I wasn't real pleased with o...
KATRINA ROBINSON
We knew it was going to be a game of runs. We told our guys we were going to make ours, and when we ...
ERIK GOETZ
Wonderland was all we had in common, after all; Wonderland was what was denied the two of us. I had ...
MELANIE BENJAMIN
In our development, as we grow throughout our lives, the structure of our beliefs becomes very compl...
DON MIGUEL RUIZ
Now we have one chance in some case, as in this body but in other body we will have + one because we...
DEYTH BANGER
Destiny consist in the moments that we experienced, and not in the choices we have to do.
DANIEL MELGAçO
The audience hated us. They screamed and talked all through our act. It was the most horrific experi...
CHARLIE BRILL
The Hero Path

We have not even to risk the adventure alone
for the heroes of ...
JOSEPH CAMPBELL
Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short, but when we have had our swing of plea...
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
We alone control our final form through our conscious actions. We become the product of the movement...
KILROY J. OLDSTER
Even when we had our third, we thought about adoption. We wanted to adopt a child who would otherwis...
LARRY TORELLA
We think we can control our lives, but our lives control us. And everything that touches our lives c...
TARRYN FISHER
The truth is that we were born to have it all. And part of our handicap as adults is that we no long...
YEHUDA BERG
We have a group of kids who all have good skill. It is a matter of finding the right combination and...
BRIAN BOWERS
I thought our defense set the tone for the game early on, and we were able to ride that momentum for...
ERIC REIS
We were finding our conviction about the advertising business.
JOANNE BRADFORD
The courage to face the trials and to bring... possibilities into the field of interpreted experienc...
JOSEPH CAMPBELL
In the name of feminism, we denied some essential aspects of our authentic selves. While feminism sh...
MARIANNE WILLIAMSON
Our expectations are pretty high. Even though we don't have a lot of experience in the lines, they'r...
BOB JACOBY
When we moved out of Manhattan - where nobody speaks to anyone else even though they all live close ...
DAVID EGGERS
Furthermore, we have not even to risk the journey alone; for the heroes of all time have gone before...
JOSEPH CAMPBELL
Furthermore, we have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have gone befo...
JOSEPH CAMPBELL
We are closely monitoring the film and the reactions of patrons in our theaters, but as of today we ...
GREG DUNN
Caring for our seniors is perhaps the greatest responsibility we have. Those who walked before us ha...
JOHN HOEVEN
The only thing we have in this world that is utterly and intrinsically ours is our integrity.
MIRA GRANT
The dreams we had of finding meaning and fulfillment through our jobs have faded into the reality of...
VICKI ROBIN
You would have thought that our first priority would be to ask what the ecologists are finding out, ...
DAVID SUZUKI
Our deeds still travel with us from afar/And what we have been makes us what we are.
GEORGE ELIOT
You've got to give (North) a lot of credit because they had to have something to do with (our offens...
BILL SPENCER
During our first year we were up here, Tom thought he had to read all the bills.
DONNA COURTNEY
So when we were young and learning "the value of a dollar", perhaps we should have been taught how t...
STR8NUOUT
I thought our kids never lost their poise, even though we had some turnovers. I really wasn't too wo...
JEFF PUSTINA
Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.
GEORGE ELIOT
Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short , but when we have had our fill of frui...
EMERSON
Had life been predictable, we would have just closed our eyes and had a theoretical experience of ou...
NEHA KOTHARI
Ours is a responsible production house and we have followed all the rules. Our title is registered a...
KARAN JOHAR
Most of us have had that experience - at around puberty - of realising that, despite whatever effort...
WILL SELF
Our deeds still travel with us from afar, And what we have been makes us what we are
GEORGE ELIOT
I thought we had it. We were so close, and then they just snatched it out of our hands.
CHRISTIAN MARAKER
Our deeds still travel with us from afar. And what we have been makes us what we are.
GEORGE ELIOT (PSEUDONYM OF MARY ANN EVANS CROSS)
Our deeds travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.
GEORGE ELIOT
The consciousness inhabiting your body is exactly the same as the consciousness inhabiting my body. ...
JOSEPH P. KAUFFMAN
It is by no means certain that our individual personality is the single inhabitant of these our corp...
OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES
We all have our secrets. We all have our vulnerabilities.
BRETT DALTON
Perhaps, in the extravagance of youth, we give away our devotions easily and all but arbitrarily, on...
MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM
Here's a health to you and yours who have done such things for us and ours. And when we and ours ...
OLD SAYING
The Great Perhaps was upon us, and we were invincible. The plan may have had faults, but we did not.
JOHN GREEN
We've even thought about toying around with playing him, Cedric (McGowan) and Eric (Hicks) together....
ANDY KENNEDY
We were right there, and we had our chances. If we had made our free throws, it would have been an e...
JULIE MATHENY
BEWARE DON'T RUN AFTER A MIRAGE
We were happier when we were poor. We were happier when we did ...
AMIT ABRAHAM
There are such beings as vampires, some of us have evidence that they exist. Even had we not the pro...
BRAM STOKER
Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
GEORGE ELIOT
If we had made our free throws, we could have distanced them even more. Once (Johnson) made her free...
WADE BAKER
We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them...
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
We had to play our best to beat Colgate. When we did not play our best, Colgate made us pay. We lear...
JEFF KAMPERSAL
It's all we have left. We've lost our homes and our city. Now all we have left is our families and f...
CHRIS SCELFO
Have we ever thought that being lost is our destination?
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
MARIAN EVANS
So irrespective of our beliefs, we are all the same human beings. We all want a happy life.
DALAI LAMA XIV, DESMOND TUTU, DOUGLAS ABRAMS
Now, given the experience that we have had thus far, with our subsequent trade agreements with NAFTA...
STEPHEN F. LYNCH

More James Baldwin

The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, ...
JAMES BALDWIN
The greatest significance of the present student generation is that it is through them that the poin...
JAMES BALDWIN
If you're treated a certain way you become a certain kind of person. If certain things are described...
JAMES BALDWIN
I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once h...
JAMES BALDWIN
But the relationship of morality and power is a very subtle one. Because ultimately power without mo...
JAMES BALDWIN
Anyone who has struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.
JAMES BALDWIN
Pessimists are the people who have no hope for themselves or for others. Pessimists are also people ...
JAMES BALDWIN
We are all androgynous, not only because we are all born of a woman impregnated by the seed of a man...
JAMES BALDWIN
James Joyce is right about history being a nightmare-- but it may be that nightmare from which no on...
JAMES BALDWIN
An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience...
JAMES BALDWIN
For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting...
JAMES BALDWIN
Voyagers discover that the world can never be larger than the person that is in the world; but it is...
JAMES BALDWIN
There are few things more dreadful than dealing with a man who knows he is going under, in his own e...
JAMES BALDWIN
If the relationship of father to son could really be reduced to biology, the whole earth would blaze...
JAMES BALDWIN
Fires can't be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in...
JAMES BALDWIN
Anyone who had ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.
JAMES BALDWIN
We take our shape, it is true, within and against that cage of reality bequeathed us at our birth; a...
JAMES BALDWIN
It is very nearly impossible... to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the i...
JAMES BALDWIN
Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and t...
JAMES BALDWIN
The future is like heaven. Everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now.
JAMES BALDWIN
Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty o...
JAMES BALDWIN
You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you ...
JAMES BALDWIN
The distance between us, and I had never thought of this before, was that they did not know this, an...
JAMES BALDWIN
The poet or the revolutionary is there to articulate the necessity, but until the people themselves ...
JAMES BALDWIN
I saw myself, sharply, as a wanderer, an adventurer, rocking through the world, unanchored.
JAMES BALDWIN
[I am] someone who represents a very complex country which insists on being simple-minded. And simpl...
JAMES BALDWIN
Allegiance, after all, has to work two ways; and one can grow weary of an allegiance which is not re...
JAMES BALDWIN
The power to define the other seals one's definition of oneself.
JAMES BALDWIN
The world is before you, and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.
JAMES BALDWIN
When the white man came to Africa, the white man had the Bible and the African had the land, but now...
JAMES BALDWIN
No one knows very much about the life of another. This ignorance becomes vivid, if you love another....
JAMES BALDWIN
People are continually pointing out to me the wretchedness of white people in order to console me fo...
JAMES BALDWIN
Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love ...
JAMES BALDWIN
Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
JAMES BALDWIN
The question of sexual dominance can exist only in the nightmare of that soul which has armed itself...
JAMES BALDWIN
People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast...
JAMES BALDWIN
When the book comes out it may hurt you -- but in order for me to do it, it had to hurt me first. I ...
JAMES BALDWIN
People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on...
JAMES BALDWIN
The paradox of education is precisely this -- that as one begins to become conscious one begins to e...
JAMES BALDWIN
There is a sanctity involved with bringing a child into this world: it is better than bombing one ou...
JAMES BALDWIN
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imita...
JAMES BALDWIN
Americans, unhappily, have the most remarkable ability to alchemize all bitter truths into an innocu...
JAMES BALDWIN
For I am—or I was—one of those people who pride themselves in on their willpower, on their abili...
JAMES BALDWIN
Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck -- but, most of all, endurance.
JAMES BALDWIN
The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers.
JAMES BALDWIN
We go down the hall again, thank heaven, to my drink.
JAMES BALDWIN
It is only because the world looks on his talent with such a frightening indifference that the arti...
JAMES BALDWIN
Pessimists are the people who have no hope for themselves or for others. Pessimists are also peopl...
JAMES BALDWIN
I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself.
JAMES BALDWIN
I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once h...
JAMES BALDWIN
The world is mostly divided between madmen who remember and madmen who forget. Heroes are rare.
JAMES BALDWIN
It is very nearly impossible to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the indepen...
JAMES BALDWIN
Our crown has already been bought and paid for. All we have to do is wear it
JAMES BALDWIN
But to look back from the stony plain along the road which led one to that place is not at all the s...
JAMES BALDWIN
All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forc...
JAMES BALDWIN
Confusion is a luxury which only the very, very young can possibly afford and you are not that young...
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 In...
JAMES BALDWIN
Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
JAMES BALDWIN
I remembered his older brother, who had died in Sicily, in battle for the free world- he had barely ...
JAMES BALDWIN
It must be remembered that in those great days I was considered to be an "integrationist" - this was...
JAMES BALDWIN
I thought of the people before me who had looked down at the river and gone to sleep beneath it. I w...
JAMES BALDWIN
Life is tragic simply because the earth turns, and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, f...
JAMES BALDWIN
It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connect...
JAMES BALDWIN
It demands great spiritual resilience not to hate the hater whose foot is on your neck, and an even ...
JAMES BALDWIN
I have met only a very few people - and most of these were not Americans - who had any real desire t...
JAMES BALDWIN
All of us know, whether or not we are able to admit it, that mirrors can only lie, that death by dro...
JAMES BALDWIN
You were born where you were born and faced the future that you faced because you were black and for...
JAMES BALDWIN
Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immu...
JAMES BALDWIN
Whoever debases others is debasing himself.
JAMES BALDWIN
But it was not the room’s disorder which was frightening; it was the fact that when one began sear...
JAMES BALDWIN
There are so many ways of being despicable it quite makes one’s head spin. But the way to be reall...
JAMES BALDWIN
I imagine one of the reasons people cling to thier hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once h...
JAMES BALDWIN
People can cry much easier than they can change.
JAMES BALDWIN
Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty o...
JAMES BALDWIN
The American ideal of sexuality appears to be rooted in the American ideal of masculinity. This idea...
JAMES BALDWIN
Society is held together by our need; we bind it together with legend, myth, coercion, fearing that ...
JAMES BALDWIN
There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the m...
JAMES BALDWIN
It is a very rare man who does not victimize the helpless.
JAMES BALDWIN
You know, it's not the world that was my oppressor, because what the world does to you, if the world...
JAMES BALDWIN
The making of an American begins at the point where he himself rejects all other ties, any other his...
JAMES BALDWIN
An identity is questioned only when it is menaced, as when the mighty begin to fall, or when the wre...
JAMES BALDWIN
Experience is a private, and a very largely speechless affair.
JAMES BALDWIN
Most of us are about as eager to be changed as we were to be born, and go through our changes in a s...
JAMES BALDWIN
It is rare indeed that people give. Most people guard and keep; they suppose that it is they themsel...
JAMES BALDWIN
Rage cannot be hidden, it can only be dissembled. This dissembling deludes the thoughtless, and stre...
JAMES BALDWIN
The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience of the people who produced him.
JAMES BALDWIN
Confronted with the impossibility of remaining faithful to one's beliefs, and the equal impossibilit...
JAMES BALDWIN
Everything in life depends on how that life accepts its limits.
JAMES BALDWIN
The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers.
JAMES BALDWIN
The price one pays for pursuing any profession or calling is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.
JAMES BALDWIN
Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where...
JAMES BALDWIN
There is no reason for you to try to become like white people and there is no basis whatever for the...
JAMES BALDWIN
To accept one's past -- one's history -- is not the same thing as drowning in it; it is learning how...
JAMES BALDWIN
The fact that their [the flower children's] uniforms and their jargons precisely represented the dis...
JAMES BALDWIN
The first time I saw Reverend Shuttlesworth, for example, he came strolling across the parking lot o...
JAMES BALDWIN
To be liberated from the stigma of blackness by embracing it is to cease, forever, one's interior ar...
JAMES BALDWIN
If you know whence you came, there is really no limit to where you can go.
JAMES BALDWIN
People who believe that they are strong-willed and the masters of their destiny can only continue to...
JAMES BALDWIN
It takes strength to remember, it takes another kind of strength to forget, it takes a hero to do bo...
JAMES BALDWIN
Any real change implies the breakup of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that ga...
JAMES BALDWIN
The subtle and deadly change of heart that might occur in you would be involved with the realization...
JAMES BALDWIN
Many have given up. They stay home and watch the TV screen, living on the earnings of their parents,...
JAMES BALDWIN
If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more...
JAMES BALDWIN
It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death-- ought to decide, indeed, to earn one...
JAMES BALDWIN
The universe, which is not merely the stars and the moon and the planets, flowers, grass and trees, ...
JAMES BALDWIN
In order for this to happen, your entire frame of reference will have to change, and you will be for...
JAMES BALDWIN
Colour is not a human or a personal reality; it is a political reality.
JAMES BALDWIN
To accept one's past - one's history - is not the same things as drowning in it. An invented past ca...
JAMES BALDWIN
I know what the world has done to my brother and how narrowly he has survived it. And I know, which ...
JAMES BALDWIN
how can one respect, let alone adopt, the values of a people who do not, on any level whatever, live...
JAMES BALDWIN
I can't believe what you say, because I see what you do.
JAMES BALDWIN
The future is like heaven, everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now.
JAMES BALDWIN
If you're treated a certain way you become a certain kind of person. If certain things are descr...
JAMES BALDWIN
If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more...
JAMES BALDWIN
Nakedness has no color: this can come as news only to those who have never covered, or been covered ...
JAMES BALDWIN
Experience that destroys innocents also leads one back to it.
JAMES BALDWIN
It is very nearly impossible... to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the inde...
JAMES BALDWIN
Christianity has operated with an unmitigated arrogance and cruelty -- necessarily, since a religion...
JAMES BALDWIN
The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an immediate knowledge of its ugly si...
JAMES BALDWIN
The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, ...
JAMES BALDWIN
All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forc...
JAMES BALDWIN
Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated and this was an immut...
JAMES BALDWIN
Whose little boy are you?
JAMES BALDWIN
To be sensual, I think, is to respect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be JAMES BALDWIN It took many years of vomiting up all the filth I’d been taught about myself, and half-believed, b...
JAMES BALDWIN
If one wishes to be instructed--not that anyone does--concerning the treacherous role that memory pl...
JAMES BALDWIN
And here I was, left with only myself to deal with. It was entirely up to me.
JAMES BALDWIN
I remembered my mother’s insistence that I always wear clean underwear because I might get knocked...
JAMES BALDWIN
There are too many things we do not wish to know about ourselves.
JAMES BALDWIN
The impossible is the least that one can demand.
JAMES BALDWIN
Please try to remember that what they believe, as well as what they do and cause you to endure does ...
JAMES BALDWIN
Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. I use t...
JAMES BALDWIN
The artistic image is not intended to represent the thing itself, but, rather, the reality of the fo...
JAMES BALDWIN
I can't be a pessimist because I'm alive. To be a pessimist means that you have agreed that human li...
JAMES BALDWIN
Afro-Americans. Which is but a wedding, however, of two confusions, an arbitrary linking of two unde...
JAMES BALDWIN
People, even if they are so thoughtless as to be born black, do not come into this world merely to p...
JAMES BALDWIN
Incontestably, alas, most people are not, in action, worth very much; and yet, every human being is ...
JAMES BALDWIN
All the western nations are caught in a lie, the lie of their pretended humanism: this means that th...
JAMES BALDWIN
Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.
JAMES BALDWIN
People who remember court madness through pain, the pain of the perpetually recurring death of their...
JAMES BALDWIN
Tell me, he said, "What is this thing about time? Why is it better to be late than early? People are...
JAMES BALDWIN
With everything in me screaming No! yet the sum of me sighed Yes.
JAMES BALDWIN
Europe has what we do not have yet, a sense of the mysterious and inexorable limits of life, a sense...
JAMES BALDWIN
Only a man can see in the face of a woman the girl she was. It is a secret which can be revealed onl...
JAMES BALDWIN
The time has come to realize that the interracial drama acted out on the American continent has not ...
JAMES BALDWIN
People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And the...
JAMES BALDWIN
Some moments in a life, and they needn't be very long or seem very important, can make up for so muc...
JAMES BALDWIN
I must—to be honest—add that my ministry almost certainly helped me through my adolescence by gi...
JAMES BALDWIN
Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love ...
JAMES BALDWIN
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imita...
JAMES BALDWIN
You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you ...
JAMES BALDWIN
Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and th...
JAMES BALDWIN
Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy...
JAMES BALDWIN
When one begins to live by habit and by quotation, one has begun to stop living.
JAMES BALDWIN
No one can possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, fo...
JAMES BALDWIN
No one is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart: for his purity, by definition, ...
JAMES BALDWIN
I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on ...
JAMES BALDWIN
We cannot discuss the state of our minorities until we first have some sense of what we are, who we ...
JAMES BALDWIN
The establishment of democracy on the American continent was scarcely as radical a break with the pa...
JAMES BALDWIN
Words like freedom, justice, democracy are not common concepts; on the contrary, they are rare. Peop...
JAMES BALDWIN
The future is... black.
JAMES BALDWIN
Any honest examination of the national life proves how far we are from the standard of human freedom...
JAMES BALDWIN
A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled.
JAMES BALDWIN
Be careful what you set your heart upon -- for it will surely be yours.
JAMES BALDWIN
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 ...
JAMES BALDWIN
The American ideal, after all, is that everyone should be as much alike as possible.
JAMES BALDWIN
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
JAMES BALDWIN
People can cry much easier than they can change.
JAMES BALDWIN
I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on th...
JAMES BALDWIN
A platitude is simply a truth repeated till people get tired of hearing it.
JAMES BALDWIN
Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.
JAMES BALDWIN
Other people cannot see what I see whenever I look into your father's face, for behind your father's...
JAMES BALDWIN
A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled. -James...
JAMES BALDWIN
If you're afraid to die, you will not be able to live.
JAMES BALDWIN
There appears to be a vast amount of confusion on this point, but I do not know many Negroes who are...
JAMES BALDWIN
I hope that nobody has ever had to look at anybody they love through glass.
JAMES BALDWIN
Confronted with the impossibility of remaining faithful to one's beliefs, and the equal impossib...
JAMES BALDWIN
I was in a terrible confusion. Sometimes I thought, but this is your life. Stop fighting it. Stop fi...
JAMES BALDWIN
Somebody," said Jacques, "your father or mine, should have told us that not many people have ever di...
JAMES BALDWIN
Perhaps, as we say in America, I wanted to find myself. This is an interesting phrase, not current a...
JAMES BALDWIN
People can't, unhappily, invent their mooring posts, their lovers and their friends, anymore than th...
JAMES BALDWIN
If we know, then we must fight for your life as though it were our own-which it is-and render impass...
JAMES BALDWIN
Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are...
JAMES BALDWIN
In my experience - and this is a very awkward way to put it, since I don't really know what the word...
JAMES BALDWIN
The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to ex...
JAMES BALDWIN
Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, fo...
JAMES BALDWIN
It was not only colored people who praised John, since they could not, John felt, in any case really...
JAMES BALDWIN
She knows Daddy better than I do. I think it's because she's felt since we were children that our Da...
JAMES BALDWIN
There is no reason for you to try to become like white people and there is no basis whatever for the...
JAMES BALDWIN
Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty o...
JAMES BALDWIN
The American Negro has the great advantage of having never believed the collection of myths to which...
JAMES BALDWIN
Do I really want to be integrated into a burning house?
JAMES BALDWIN
I know that people can be better than they are. We are capable of bearing a great burden, once we di...
JAMES BALDWIN
The victim who is able to articulate the situation of the victim has ceased to be a victim: he or sh...
JAMES BALDWIN
You write in order to change the world ... if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look a...
JAMES BALDWIN
When one begins to live by habit and by quotation, one has begun to stop living.
JAMES A. BALDWIN
The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to ex...
JAMES A. BALDWIN
It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connect...
JAMES A. BALDWIN
No one can possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, fo...
JAMES A. BALDWIN
Fires can't be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusias...
JAMES A. BALDWIN