10 Famous Quotes by James Baldwin

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James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist.

 

  1. “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. 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, who had ever been alive.”

 

  1. “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.”

 

  1. “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.”

 

  1. “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
  2. “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.”

 

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

 

  1. “Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.”

 

  1. “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. Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, the only fact we have. It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death–ought to decide, indeed, to earn one’s death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life. One is responsible for life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return.”

 

  1. “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.”

 

  1. “All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.”

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