Great James Baldwin Quotes on his 95th Birthday

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Novelist, activist, and playwright would be turning 95 today (born on August 2nd, 1924, in Harlem, New York). Here are some great James Baldwin quotes in remembrance of this great author.

  • People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
  • 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.
  • The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.
  • Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
  • Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
  • Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
  • To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.
  • It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.
  • 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.
  • The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.

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