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James A. Baldwin, ,
Love him and let him love you. Do you think anything else under heaven really matters?
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#Heaven

James A. Baldwin, ,
The power of the white world is threatened whenever a black man refuses to accept the white world's definitions.
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#American Author #Man

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Be careful what you set your heart upon - for it will surely be yours.
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#Heart

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The writer's greed is appalling. He wants, or seems to want, everything and practically everybody, in another sense, and at the same time, he needs no one at all.
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#American Author #Greed

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The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one's key to the experience of others.
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#American Author #Experience

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One is responsible to life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return.
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#Darkness

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Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent.
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#Writers And Writing

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The future is like heaven - everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now.
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#Future

James A. Baldwin, ,
When a man asks himself what is meant by action he proves that he isn't a man of action. Action is a lack of balance. In order to act you must be somewhat insane. A reasonably sensible man is satisfied with thinking.
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#Action

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The only thing that white people have that black people need, or should want, is power-and no one holds power forever.
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#American Author

James A. Baldwin, ,
The question of sexual dominance can exist only in the nightmare of that soul which has armed itself, totally, against the possibility of the changing motion of conquest and surrender, which is love.
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#Soul #Sex

James A. Baldwin, ,
The face of a lover is an unknown, precisely because it is invested with so much of oneself. It is a mystery, containing, like all mysteries, the possibility of torment.
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#American Author #Love

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There are few things more dreadful than dealing with a man who knows he is going under, in his own eyes, and in the eyes of others. Nothing can help that man. What is left of that man flees from what is left of human attention.
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#Failure #Man

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But the relationship of morality and power is a very subtle one. Because ultimately power without morality is no longer power.
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#American Educator

James A. Baldwin, ,
To act is to be committed, and to be committed is to be in danger.
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#American Author

James A. Baldwin, ,
I want to be an honest man and a good writer.
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#American Author #Man

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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
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#People

James A. Baldwin, ,
The future is... black.
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#Future

James A. Baldwin, ,
There is a ''sanctity'' involved with bringing a child into this world: it is better than bombing one out of it.
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#Children

James A. Baldwin, ,
American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.
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#American Author #History

James A. Baldwin, ,
Most of us are about as eager to be changed as we were to be born, and go through our changes in a similar state of shock.
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#American Author

James A. Baldwin, ,
The making of an American begins at that point where he himself rejects all other ties, any other history, and himself adopts the vesture of his adopted land.
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#History