Quotations From JAMES BALDWIN

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  • 31.
    Experience is a private, and a very largely speechless affair.
    James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. repr. In Notes of a Native Son (1955). "A Question of Identity," Partisan Review (New Brunswick, New Jersey, July/August 1954).
  • 32.
    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 (1924-1987), U.S. author, and Nikki Giovanni, U.S. poet. A Dialogue (1973). from a conversation, Nov. 4, 1971, in London.
  • 33.
    When the book comes out it may hurt you—but in order for me to do it, it had to hurt me first. I can only tell you about yourself as much as I can face about myself.
    James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. A Dialogue (1973). from a conversation, Nov. 4, 1971, with Nikki Giovanni in London.

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  • 34.
    The reason people think it's important to be white is that they think it's important not to be black.
    James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. A Dialogue (1973). from a conversation with Nikki Giovanni, Nov. 4, 1971, in London.

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  • 35.
    But the relationship of morality and power is a very subtle one. Because ultimately power without morality is no longer power.
    James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author, and Nikki Giovanni (b. 1943). Conversation November 4, 1971, London, England. A Dialogue (1973).

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  • 36.
    Pessimists are the people who have no hope for themselves or for others. Pessimists are also people who think the human race is beneath their notice, that they're better than other human beings.
    James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author, and Nikki Giovanni (b. 1943). Conversation, November 4, 1971, in London, England. A Dialogue (1973).

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