James A. Baldwin Quotes

James A. Baldwin Quotes: Artists are here to disturb the peace.
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James A. Baldwin Quote: There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now.
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Quotes about James A. Baldwin: Everything in life depends on how that life accepts its limits.
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Quote about James A. Baldwin: Do I really want to be integrated into a burning house?
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James A. Baldwin Sayings: For, while the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted, and how we may triumph is never new, it always must be heard. There isn't any other tale to tell, it's the only light we've got in all this darkness.
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James A. Baldwin Saying: When the South has trouble with its Negroes when the Negroes refuse to remain in their
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Sayings about James A. Baldwin: Unless a writer is extremely old when he dies, in which case he has probably become a neglected institution, his death must always be seen as untimely. This is because a real writer is always shifting and changing and searching. The world has many labels for him, of which the most treacherous is the label of Success.
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Saying about 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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James A. Baldwin Quotes: It is impossible to pretend that you are not heir to, and therefore, however inadequately or unwillingly, responsible to, and for, the time and place that give you life -- without becoming, at very best, a dangerously disoriented human being.
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James A. Baldwin Quote: One writes out of one thing only--one's own experience. Everything depends on how relentlessly one forces from this experience the last drop, sweet or bitter, it can possibly give. This is the only real concern of the artist, to recreate out of the disorder of life that order which is art.
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Quotes about James A. Baldwin: Most of us, no matter what we say, are walking in the dark, whistling in the dark. Nobody knows what is going to happen to him from one moment to the next, or how one will bear it. This is irreducible. And it's true of everybody. Now, it is true that the nature of society is to create, among its citizens, an illusion of safety; but it is also absolutely true that the safety is always necessarily an illusion. Artists are here to disturb the peace.
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Quote about James A. Baldwin: And I was yet aware that this was only a moment, that the world waited outside, as hungry as a tiger, and that trouble stretched above us, longer than the sky.
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James A. Baldwin Sayings: 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.
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James A. Baldwin Saying: It is only because the world looks on his talent with such a frightening indifference that the artist is compelled to make his talent important.
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Sayings about James A. Baldwin: For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock. Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have. The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.
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Saying about James A. Baldwin: There are, forever, swamps to be drained, cities to be created, mines to be exploited, children to be fed ... But the conquest of the physical world is not man's only duty. He is also enjoined to conquer the great wilderness of himself. The precise role of the artist, then, is to illuminate that darkness, blaze roads through vast forests, so that we will not, in all our doing, lose sight of its purpose, which is, after all, to make the world a more human dwelling place.
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James A. Baldwin Quotes: Sometimes you hear a person speak the truth and you know that they are speaking the truth. But you also know that they have not heard themselves, do not know what they have said: do not know that they have revealed much more than they have said. This may be why the truth remains, on the whole, so rare.
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James A. Baldwin Quote: The states of birth, suffering, love, and death, are extreme states: extreme, universal, and inescapable. We all know this, but we would rather not know it. The artist is present to correct the delusions to which we are all prey in our attempts to avoid this knowledge.
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