James A. Baldwin Quotes

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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.
– James A. Baldwin

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I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself.
– James A. Baldwin

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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.
– James A. Baldwin

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

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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.
– James A. Baldwin

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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.
– James A. Baldwin

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But the relationship of morality and power is a very subtle one. Because ultimately power without morality is no longer power.
– James A. Baldwin

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There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now.
– James A. Baldwin

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Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated and this was an immutable law.
– James A. Baldwin

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When one begins to live by habit and by quotation, one has begun to stop living.
– James A. Baldwin

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

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

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Not everything that is faced can be changed but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
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The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory.
– James A. Baldwin

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The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.
– James A. Baldwin

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