James Arthur Baldwin (1924-1987) American novelist, essayist

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Beyond talent lie all the usual words: Discipline, love, luck, but most of all, endurance. - James Arthur Baldwin
I imagine that the reason that people cling to their hate so stubbornly is because they are afraid that if they let go of the hate, they will have to deal with pain. - James Arthur Baldwin
It is a very rare man who does not victimize the helpless. - 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
Revelation must be born. - James Arthur Baldwin
Rage cannot be hidden, it can only be dissembled. This dissembling deludes the thoughtless, and strengthens rage and adds, to rage, contempt. - James Arthur Baldwin
Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent. - 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
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. - James Arthur Baldwin