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James A. Baldwin, ,
That's the kind of ad I like, facts, facts, facts.
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#Facts #Advertising

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Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck -- but, most of all, endurance.
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#Talent

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Americans, unhappily, have the most remarkable ability to alchemize all bitter truths into an innocuous but piquant confection and to transform their moral contradictions, or public discussion of such contradictions, into a proud decoration, such as are given for heroism on the battle field.
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#America

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Voyagers discover that the world can never be larger than the person that is in the world; but it is impossible to foresee this, it is impossible to be warned.
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#Exile

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The reason people think it's important to be white is that they think it's important not to be black.
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#American Educator

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The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience of the people who produced him.
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#American Educator

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Europe has what we do not have yet, a sense of the mysterious and inexorable limits of life, a sense, in a word, of tragedy. And we have what they sorely need: a sense of life's possibilities.
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#American Educator

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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.
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#Books And Reading

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Experience is a private, and a very largely speechless affair.
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#Experience

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Experience that destroys innocents also leads one back to it.
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#Experience

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An identity is questioned only when it is menaced, as when the mighty begin to fall, or when the wretched begin to rise, or when the stranger enters the gates, never, thereafter, to be a stranger. Identity would seem to be the garment with which one covers the nakedness of the self: in which case, it is best that the garment be loose, a little like the robes of the desert, through which one's nakedness can always be felt, and, sometimes, discerned. This trust in one's nakedness is all that gives one the power to change one's robes.
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#Identity

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Christianity has operated with an unmitigated arrogance and cruelty -- necessarily, since a religion ordinarily imposes on those who have discovered the true faith the spiritual duty of liberating the infidels.
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#Christianity

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The American ideal, after all, is that everyone should be as much alike as possible.
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#Conformity

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Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, which is the only fact we have.
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#Death

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

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A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled.
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#Education

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The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid; the state of being alone.
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#American Educator

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We are all androgynous, not only because we are all born of a woman impregnated by the seed of a man but because each of us, helplessly and forever, contains the other -- male in female, female in male, white in black and black in white. We are a part of each other. Many of my countrymen appear to find this fact exceedingly inconvenient and even unfair, and so, very often, do I. But none of us can do anything about it.
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#Gender

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If the relationship of father to son could really be reduced to biology, the whole earth would blaze with the glory of fathers and sons.
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#Fathers And Sons

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Any honest examination of the national life proves how far we are from the standard of human freedom with which we began. The recovery of this standard demands of everyone who loves this country a hard look at himself, for the greatest achievements must begin somewhere, and they always begin with the person. If we are not capable of this examination, we may yet become one of the most distinguished and monumental failures in the history of nations.
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#Freedom

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It is rare indeed that people give. Most people guard and keep; they suppose that it is they themselves and what they identify with themselves that they are guarding and keeping, whereas what they are actually guarding and keeping is their system of reality and what they assume themselves to be.
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#Giving

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Words like ''freedom,'' ''justice,'' ''democracy'' are not common concepts; on the contrary, they are rare. People are not born knowing what these are. It takes enormous and, above all, individual effort to arrive at the respect for other people that these words imply.
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#Human Rights

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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.
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#American Educator

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The paradox of education is precisely this; that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.
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#American Author #American Educator

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People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster.
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#Innocence

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It is a great shock at the age of five or six to find that in a world of Gary Coopers you are the Indian.
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#American Educator

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It is a very rare man who does not victimize the helpless.
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#American Educator