James Baldwin


James Baldwin Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''The greatest significance of the present student generation is that it is through them that the point of view of the subjugated is finally and inexorably being expressed.''
    James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. repr. In The Price of the Ticket (1985). "They Can't Turn Back," Mademoiselle (New York, Aug. 1960).
  • ''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).
  • ''You know, it's not the world that was my oppressor, because what the world does to you, if the world does it to you long enough and effectively enough, you begin to do to yourself.''
    James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. conversation in London, Nov. 4, 1971, with Nikki Giovanni. A Dialogue (1973).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.

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The lady is a tramp
a camp
a lamp

The lady is a sight
a might
a light
the lady devastated
an alley or two
reverberated through the valley
which leads to me, and you

the lady is the apple
of God's eye:
He's cool enough about it
but He tends to strut a little
when she passes by

the lady is a wonder
daughter of the thunder
smashing cages
legistlating rages
with the voice of ages
singing us through.

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Lord,
when you send the rain
think about it, please,
a little?
Do
not get carried away
by the sound of falling water,
the marvelous light
on the falling water.

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