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James Baldwin Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Dec 2020
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Allegiance, after all, has to work two ways; and one can grow weary of an allegiance which is not reciprocal.
Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.
Your crown has been bought and paid for. All you must do is put it on.
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced...
Deep Life quotes
An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience.
Self Identity quotes
There is a sanctity involved with bringing a child into this world, it is better than bombing one out of it.
The face of a lover is an unknown, precisely because it is invested with so much of oneself. It is a mystery, containing, like all mysteries, the possibility of torment.
Bitter Love quotes
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.
Gay Pride quotes
I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself.
Finding Yourself quotes
Self Discovery quotes
We have all had the experience of finding that our reactions and perhaps even our deeds have denied beliefs we thought were ours.
The South is very beautiful but its beauty makes one sad because the lives that people live here, and have lived here, are so ugly.
The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience of the people who produced him.
The reason people think it's important to be white is that they think it's important not to be black.
The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid; the state of being alone.
The paradox of education is precisely this; that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.
The making of an American begins at the point where he himself rejects all other ties, any other history, and himself adopts the vesture of his adopted land.
It is only in his music, which Americans are able to admire because a protective sentimentality limits their understanding of it, that the Negro in America has been able to tell his story.
It is a very rare man who does not victimize the helpless.
It is a great shock at the age of five or six to find that in a world of Gary Coopers you are the Indian.
If you're treated a certain way you become a certain kind of person. If certain things are described to you as being real they're real for you whether they're real or not.
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