Talk:James Baldwin

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If you can provide a precise and verifiable source for any quote on this list please move it to James Baldwin.
  • Americans suffer from an ignorance that is not only colossal, but sacred.
  • 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.
  • Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
  • In Boston, when they shit on you, they hand you a towel — so that you can can wipe their ass.
  • Life is more important than art, that's what makes art important.
    • This resembles a statement Baldwin made in the 1961 interview with Studs Terkel above.
  • Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.
  • Rage cannot be hidden, it can only be dissembled. This dissembling deludes the thoughtless, and strengthens rage and adds, to rage, contempt.
  • We have all had the experience of finding that our reactions and perhaps even our deeds have denied beliefs we thought were ours.
  • 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.
This article cites The Price of the Ticket: Collected Non-fiction, 1948-1985 for the quote, "Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up." -Draeth Darkstar (talk) 22:03, 24 May 2014 (UTC)