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James A. Baldwin

"Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within." James A. Baldwin
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James A. Baldwin

"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 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." James A. Baldwin
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James A. Baldwin

"To defend one's self against fear is simply to ensure that one will, one day, be conquered by it; fears must be faced." James A. Baldwin
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"Society is held together by our need; we bind it together with legend, myth, coercion, fearing that without it we will be hurled into that void, within which, like the earth before the Word was spoken, the foundations of society are hidden." James A. Baldwin
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Society   

James A. Baldwin

"The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose." James A. Baldwin
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American Author    Creation   

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"I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all." James A. Baldwin
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American Author    History   

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"One is responsible to life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return." James A. Baldwin
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Darkness   

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"The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one's key to the experience of others." James A. Baldwin
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American Author    Experience   

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"It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have." James A. Baldwin
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Ignorance   

James A. Baldwin

"Love him and let him love you. Do you think anything else under heaven really matters?" James A. Baldwin
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American Author    Heaven   

James A. Baldwin

"Education is indoctrination if you're white - subjugation if you're black." James A. Baldwin
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American Author    Education   

James A. Baldwin

"Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck -- but, most of all, endurance." James A. Baldwin
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Discipline   

James A. Baldwin

"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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Children   

James A. Baldwin

"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." James A. Baldwin
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American Author    People   

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"No one can possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time." James A. Baldwin
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Prediction   

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"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." James A. Baldwin
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American Author    Money   

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"The writer's greed is appalling. He wants, or seems to want, everything and practically everybody, in another sense, and at the same time, he needs no one at all." 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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"Experience, which destroys innocence, also leads one back to it." James A. Baldwin
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"Identity would seem to be the garment with which one covers the nakedness of the self, in which case, it is best that the garment be loose, a little like the robes of the desert, through which one's nakedness can always be felt, and, sometimes, discerned." James A. Baldwin
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