45 Best James Baldwin Quotes

James Baldwin was an American well-known writer, playwright, novelist and essayist. He was born on August 2, 1924, in New York City, New York, United States and died on December 1, 1987. He wrote many novels and books and here are the names of some of his famous novels and books: The Price of the Ticket, The Fire Next Time, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Collected Essays, Nobody Knows My Name, Notes of a Native Son and If Beale Street Could Talk etc. After some Introduction, now I am moving towards my topic which is Best James Baldwin Quotes.

Best James Baldwin Quotes on Love, Education, Justice, Freedom & Ignorance

So here are the famous quotes by James Baldwin on love, education, justice, Freedom, and Ignorance are in the following:

James Baldwin Quotes on Love

Best James Baldwin Quotes

  1. “I can’t believe what you say, because I see what you do.”
  2. “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
  3. “Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.”
  4. “The place in which I’ll fit will not exist until I make it.”
  5. “Trust life, and it will teach you, in joy and sorrow, all you need to know.”
  6. “People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state on innocence long after that innocence is dead turned himself into a monster.”
  7. “The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.”
  8. “No man is a devil in his own mind.” – James Baldwin Quotes
  9. “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.”
  10. “Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.”
  11. “You have to go the way your blood beats. If you don’t live the only life you have, you won’t live some other life, you won’t live any life at all.”
  12. “Please try to remember that what they believe, as well as what they do and cause you to endure does not testify to your inferiority but to their inhumanity.”
  13. “You know, it’s not the world that was my oppressor, because what the world does to you, if the world does it to you long enough and effectively enough, you begin to do to yourself.”
  14. “Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.”
  15. “You write in order to change the world … if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.”
  16. “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. ”
  17. “People who believe that they are strong-willed and the masters of their destiny can only continue to believe this by becoming specialists in self-deception.”
  18. “I often wonder what I’d do if there weren’t any books in the world.”
  19. “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.”
  20. “True rebels, after all, are as rare as true lovers, and in both cases, to mistake a fever for passion can destroy one’s life”
  21. “Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” – James Baldwin Quotes
  22. “It is very nearly impossible to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.”
  23. “The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see.”
  24. “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.”
  25. “Those who say it can’t be done are usually interrupted by others doing it.”
  26. “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.”
  27. “Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be”
  28. “People can cry much easier than they can change.”
  29. “The price one pays for pursuing any profession or calling is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.”
  30. “Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch. ”
  31. “Neither love nor terror makes one blind: indifference makes one blind.” – Quotes by James Baldwin
  32. “People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives, they lead.”
  33. “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.”
  34. “To accept one’s past – one’s history – is not the same thing as drowning in it; it is learning how to use it. An invented past can never be used; it cracks and crumbles under the pressures of life like clay in a season of drought.”
  35. “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
  36. “If you cannot love me, I will die. Before you came I wanted to die, I have told you many times. It is cruel to have made me want to live only to make my death more bloody.”
  37. “Nakedness has no color: this can come as news only to those who have never covered, or been covered by, another naked human being.”
  38. “Passion is not friendly. It is arrogant,
    superbly contemptuous of all that is not
    itself, and, as they very definition of passion
    implies the impulse to freedom, it has a might
    intimidating power. It contains a challenge.
    It contains an unspeakable hope.”
  39. “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. ” – James Baldwin Quotes
  40. “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.”
  41. “People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned.”
  42. “Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.”
  43. “Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law.”
  44. “It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”
  45. “I simply wondered about the dead because their days had ended and I did not know how I would get through mine.”

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