James Arthur Baldwin Quotes

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

~ James Arthur Baldwin

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

~ James Arthur 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.

~ James Arthur Baldwin

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

~ James Arthur 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 Arthur Baldwin

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.

~ James Arthur Baldwin

To defend one's self against fear is simply to ensure that one will, one day, be conquered by it fears must be faced.

~ James Arthur Baldwin

The price one pays for pursuing a profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.

~ James Arthur Baldwin

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.

~ James Arthur Baldwin

The price we pay when pursuing any art or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.

~ James Arthur Baldwin

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