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60 James Baldwin Quotes On Freedom, Education And Humanity

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1. “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.”  -James Baldwin

 

2. “I can’t believe what you say, because I see what you do.”  -James Baldwin

 

3. “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 Baldwin

 

4. “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 Baldwin

 

5. “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.”  -James Baldwin

 

6. “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.”  -James Baldwin

 

7. “Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law.”  -James Baldwin

 

8. “The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.”  -James Baldwin

 

9. “Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.”  -James Baldwin

 

10. “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”  -James Baldwin

 

11. “Nakedness has no color: this can come as news only to those who have never covered, or been covered by, another naked human being.”  -James Baldwin

 

12. “Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”  -James Baldwin

 

13. “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”  -James Baldwin

 

14. “People can cry much easier than they can change.”  -James Baldwin

 

15. “Neither love nor terror makes one blind: indifference makes one blind.”  -James Baldwin

 

16. “Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle. Love is a war. Love is growing up.”  -James Baldwin

 

17. “People can’t, unhappily, invent their mooring posts, their lovers and their friends, any more than they can invent their parents. Life gives these and also takes them away and the great difficulty is to say ‘Yes’ to life.”  -James Baldwin

 

18. “A liberal: someone who thinks he knows more about your experience than you do.”  -James Baldwin

 

19. “You have to decide who you are and force the world to deal with you, not with its idea of you.”  -James Baldwin

 

20. “Love him and let him love you. Do you think anything else under heaven really matters?”  -James Baldwin

 

21. “It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”  -James Baldwin

 

22. “The purpose of education…is to create in a person the ability to look at the world for himself, to make his own decisions.”  -James Baldwin

 

23. “Precisely at the point when you begin to develop a conscience, you must find yourself at war with your society.”  -James Baldwin

 

24. “Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.”  -James Baldwin

 

25. “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.”  -James Baldwin

 

26. “One must say Yes to life and embrace it wherever it is found – and it is found in terrible places; nevertheless, there it is.”  -James Baldwin

 

27. “Nothing is more unbearable, once one has it, than freedom.”  -James Baldwin

 

28. “Those who say it can’t be done are usually interrupted by others doing it.”  -James Baldwin

 

30. “I think people ought to do what they want to do, what else are they alive for?”  -James Baldwin

 

31. “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 Baldwin

 

32. “Precisely at the point when you begin to develop a conscience, you must find yourself at war with your society.”  -James Baldwin

 

33. “Our crown has already been bought and paid for. All we have to do is wear it.”  -James Baldwin

 

34. “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 Baldwin

 

35. “Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.”  -James Baldwin

 

36. “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”  -James Baldwin

 

37. “The price one pays for pursuing any profession or calling is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.”  -James Baldwin

 

38. “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 Baldwin

 

39. “It took many years of vomiting up all the filth I’d been taught about myself, and half-believed, before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here.”  -James Baldwin

 

40. “If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving.”  -James Baldwin

 

41. “It is true that two wrongs don’t make a right, as we love to point out to the people we have wronged. But one wrong doesn’t make a right, either.”  -James Baldwin

 

42. “You don’t realize that you’re intelligent until it gets you into trouble.”  -James Baldwin

 

43. “People always seem to band together in accordance to a principle that has nothing to do with love, a principle that releases them from personal responsibility.”  -James Baldwin

 

44. “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.”  -James Baldwin

 

45. “The purpose of education, is to create in a person the ability to look at the world for himself, to make his own decisions.”  -James Baldwin

 

46. “I can’t believe what you say, because I see what you do.”  -James Baldwin

 

47. “Trust life, and it will teach you, in joy and sorrow, all you need to know.”  -James Baldwin

 

48. “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.”  -James Baldwin

 

49. “The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.”  -James Baldwin

 

50. “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”  -James Baldwin

 

51. “Neither love nor terror makes one blind; indifference makes one blind.”  -James Baldwin

 

52. “There are so many ways of being despicable it quite makes one’s head spin. But the way to be really despicable is to be contemptuous of other people’s pain.”  -James Baldwin

 

53. “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 Baldwin

 

54. “People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.”  -James Baldwin

 

55. “You have to decide who you are and force the world to deal with you, not with its idea of you.”  -James Baldwin

 

56. “It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”  -James Baldwin

 

57. “The world is before you and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.”  -James Baldwin

 

58. “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 Baldwin

 

59. “Be careful what you set your heart upon – for it will surely be yours.”  -James Baldwin

 

60. “Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”  -James Baldwin

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