James Baldwin Quotes.
Confronted with the impossibility of remaining faithful to one’s beliefs, and the equal impossibility of becoming free of them, one can be driven to the most inhuman excesses.
No one can possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time.
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.
To be sensual, I think, is to respect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the making of bread.
To act is to be committed, and to be committed is to be in danger.
A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled.
Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law.
It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.
The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience of the people who produced him.
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.
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.
Those who say it can’t be done are usually interrupted by others doing it.
Be careful what you set your heart upon – for it will surely be yours.
The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.