Quotations From JAMES BALDWIN

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  • 21.
    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 (1924-1987), U.S. author. (First published 1972). "No Name in the Street," The Price Of The Ticket (1985).

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  • 22.
    It is a very rare man who does not victimize the helpless.
    James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. (First published 1972). "No Name in the Street," The Price of the Ticket (1985).
  • 23.
    The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid: the state of being alone.
    James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. repr. In The Price of the Ticket (1985). "The Creative Process," (1962).

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  • 24.
    If the relationship of father to son could really be reduced to biology, the whole earth would blaze with the glory of fathers and sons.
    James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. "The Devil Finds Work," sct. 1, The Price of the Ticket (first publ. 1976, 1985).

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  • 25.
    No one can possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time.
    James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. (First published 1976). "The Devil Finds Work," sect. 1, The Price Of The Ticket (1985).

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  • 26.
    The American ideal, after all, is that everyone should be as much alike as possible.
    James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. repr. in Notes of a Native Son, pt. 2 (1955). "The Harlem Ghetto," first published in Commentary (New York, Feb. 1948).
  • 27.
    It is very nearly impossible ... to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.
    James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. repr. In The Price of the Ticket (1985). "They Can't Turn Back," Mademoiselle (New York, August 1960).
  • 28.
    The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience of the people who produced him.
    James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. A Dialogue (1973). from a conversation with Nikki Giovanni, in London, Nov. 4, 1971.

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  • 29.
    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.
    James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. "No Name in the Street," The Price of the Ticket (1972, repr. 1985).

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  • 30.
    American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.
    James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. "A Talk To Teachers," October 16, 1963, published in The Price of the Ticket (1985).

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