James Baldwin Quotes & Sayings

15 most famous James Baldwin quotes and sayings. These are the first 10 quotes we have for him. He was an American educator who passed away on 30 November, 1987.

James Baldwin Quotes
“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.”
James Baldwin Quotes
“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.”
James Baldwin Quotes
“If you're treated a certain way you become a certain kind of person. If certain things are described to you as being real they're real for you whether they're real or not.”
James Baldwin Quotes
“It is a very rare man who does not victimize the helpless.”
James Baldwin Quotes
“The South is very beautiful but its beauty makes one sad because the lives that people live here, and have lived here, are so ugly.”
James Baldwin Quotes
“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 Baldwin Quotes
“But the relationship of morality and power is a very subtle one. Because ultimately power without morality is no longer power.”
James Baldwin Quotes
“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 Baldwin Quotes
“An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience.”
James Baldwin Quotes
“It is only in his music, which Americans are able to admire because a protective sentimentality limits their understanding of it, that the Negro in America has been able to tell his story.”

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