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James Baldwin

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No one is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart: for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.

— James Baldwin


We do not trust educated people and rarely, alas, produce them, for we do not trust the independence of mind which alone makes a genuine education possible.

— James Baldwin


Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be

— James Baldwin

#liberty #freedom

Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.

— James Baldwin


All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.

— James Baldwin

#expression #james-baldwin #nausea #survival #vomit

I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.

— James Baldwin

#patriotism #protest #love

Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.

— James Baldwin

#attachment #belonging #comfort #completion #fulfillment

Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.

— James Baldwin


It is very nearly impossible to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.

— James Baldwin

#freedom-of-thought #education

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


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The essay was originally publiJames Baldwind in two oversized issues of The New Yorker and landed Baldwin on the cover of Time magazine in 1963 while Baldwin was touring the South speaking about the restive Civil Rights movement. Baldwin also provided her with literary. He became for me an example of courage and integrity humility and passion.

Some Baldwin essays are book-length for instance The Fire Next Time (1963) No Name in the Street (1972) and The Devil Finds Work (1976). Baldwin's best-known novel is his first Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953).

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