James Baldwin, fully James Arthur Baldwin

James
Baldwin, fully James Arthur Baldwin
1924
1987

American Writer, Novelist, Essayist, Playwright, Poet, Activist and Social Critic

Author Quotes

Any real change implies the breakup of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one an identity, the end of safety. And at such a moment, unable to see and not daring to imagine what the future will now bring forth, one clings to what one knew, or dreamed that one possessed. Yet, it is only when a man is able, without bitterness or self-pity, to surrender a dream he has long cherished or a privilege he has long possessed that he is set free — he has set himself free — for higher dreams, for greater privileges.

Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.

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

The hope of the world lies in what one demands, not of others, but of oneself.

Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for purity, by definition, is unassailable.

Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch.

Rage can only with difficulty, and never entirely, be brought under the domination of the intelligence, and therefore is not susceptible to any arguments whosoever.

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.

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.

Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be.

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.

The future is like heaven--everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now.

The situation of our youth is not mysterious. Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. They must, they have no other models.

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First Name
James
Last Name
Baldwin, fully James Arthur Baldwin
Birth Date
1924
Death Date
1987
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American Writer, Novelist, Essayist, Playwright, Poet, Activist and Social Critic