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Quotations From JAMES BALDWIN

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  • 11.
    When one begins to live by habit and by quotation, one has begun to stop living.
    James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. repr. In The Price of The Ticket (1985). "White Racism or World Community?" Ecumenical Review (Oct. 1968).
  • 12.
    Voyagers discover that the world can never be larger than the person that is in the world; but it is impossible to foresee this, it is impossible to be warned.
    James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. repr. In The Price of the Ticket (1985). "The New Lost Generation," Esquire (New York, July 1961). On the futility of running from a situation, with particular reference to his own "exile" in Paris.

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  • 13.
    Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
    James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. repr. In Nobody Knows My Name (1961). "The Precarious Vogue of Ingmar Bergman," first published in Esquire (New York, April 1960).

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  • 14.
    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.
    James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. repr. In The Price Of The Ticket as "A Talk to Teachers" (1985). "The Negro Child—His Self-Image," Saturday Review (New York, December 21, 1963).

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  • 15.
    We have all had the experience of finding that our reactions and perhaps even our deeds have denied beliefs we thought were ours.
    James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. repr. In The Price of the Ticket (1985). "The Crusade of Indignation," Nation (New York, July 7, 1956).
  • 16.
    No one is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart: for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.
    James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. repr. In Nobody Knows My Name (1961). "The Black Boy Looks at the White Boy," Esquire (New York, May 1961).

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  • 17.
    There is a "sanctity" involved with bringing a child into this world: it is better than bombing one out of it.
    James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. First published (1976). "The Devil Finds Work," sct. 1, The Price of the Ticket (1985).

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  • 18.
    Most of us are about as eager to be changed as we were to be born, and go through our changes in a similar state of shock.
    James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. repr. In The Price of the Ticket (1985). "Every Good-Bye Ain't Gone," published in New York (Dec. 19, 1977).
  • 19.
    At bottom, to be colored means that one has been caught in some utterly unbelievable cosmic joke, a joke so hideous and in such bad taste that it defeats all categories and definitions.
    James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. repr. In The Price of the Ticket (1985). "Color," Esquire (New York, Dec. 1962).
  • 20.
    Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent.
    James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. "Autobiographical Notes," Notes of a Native Son (1955).

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