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James+A. Baldwin Quotes

James A. Baldwin, ,
Fires can't be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks.
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#American Author #Enthusiasm

James A. Baldwin, ,
Society is held together by our need; we bind it together with legend, myth, coercion, fearing that without it we will be hurled into that void, within which, like the earth before the Word was spoken, the foundations of society are hidden.
James A. Baldwin, ,
#Society

James A. Baldwin, ,
It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.
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#Ignorance

James A. Baldwin, ,
I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone... they will be forced to deal with pain.
James A. Baldwin, ,
#Hate

James A. Baldwin, ,
Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck -- but, most of all, endurance.
James A. Baldwin, ,
#Discipline

James A. Baldwin, ,
The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.
James A. Baldwin, ,
#American Author #Creation

James A. Baldwin, ,
There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now.
James A. Baldwin, ,
#Present

James A. Baldwin, ,
Every legend, moreover, contains its residuum of truth, and the root function of language is to control the universe by describing it.
James A. Baldwin, ,
#American Author #Control

James A. Baldwin, ,
The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory.
James A. Baldwin, ,
#Ambition #Glory

James A. Baldwin, ,
People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
James A. Baldwin, ,
#American Author #History

James A. Baldwin, ,
Those who say it can't be done are usually interrupted by others doing it.
James A. Baldwin, ,
#Belief

James A. Baldwin, ,
Rage cannot be hidden, it can only be dissembled. This dissembling deludes the thoughtless, and strengthens rage and adds, to rage, contempt.
James A. Baldwin, ,
#Anger

James A. Baldwin, ,
To be sensual, I think, is to respect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the making of bread.
James A. Baldwin, ,
#American Author #Force

James A. Baldwin, ,
Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
James A. Baldwin, ,
#Editor's Pick #Cute Love #Sweet Love #Love #Fear #Quote of the Day #inspirational

James A. Baldwin, ,
Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch.
James A. Baldwin, ,
#American Author #Affliction

James A. Baldwin, ,
Confronted with the impossibility of remaining faithful to one's beliefs, and the equal impossibility of becoming free of them, one can be driven to the most inhuman excesses
James A. Baldwin, ,
#Belief

James A. Baldwin, ,
Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.
James A. Baldwin, ,
#American Author