James A. Baldwin Quotes

The writer's greed is appalling. He wants, or seems to want, everything and practically everybody, in another sense, and at the same time, he needs no one at all.

Time Quotes, Greed Quotes, Writers Quotes

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.

Love Quotes, War Quotes

Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and thought of other things if you did.

Thought Quotes, Money Quotes


When a man asks himself what is meant by action he proves that he isn't a man of action. Action is a lack of balance. In order to act you must be somewhat insane. A reasonably sensible man is satisfied with thinking.

Action Quotes, Balance Quotes, Thinking Quotes

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.

Talent Quotes

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.

Challenge Quotes, Time Quotes, Work Quotes, Future Quotes, Salvation Quotes

To be sensual, I think, is to respect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the making of bread.

Life Quotes, Effort Quotes, Respect Quotes

It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.

Ignorance Quotes, Justice Quotes, Power Quotes

The only thing that white people have that black people need, or should want, is power-and no one holds power forever.

Power Quotes

The power of the white world is threatened whenever a black man refuses to accept the white world's definitions.

Power Quotes

Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.

Poverty Quotes

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.

Pain Quotes

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.

Love Quotes, Mystery Quotes

It is very nearly impossible... to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.

Trust Quotes, Mind Quotes

Fires can't be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks.

Work Quotes, Effort Quotes, Enthusiasm Quotes, Men Quotes

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

Children Quotes, Listening Quotes

Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time.

Life Quotes, Time Quotes

Every legend, moreover, contains its residuum of truth, and the root function of language is to control the universe by describing it.

Truth Quotes, Control Quotes, Language Quotes

Pessimists are the people who have no hope for themselves or for others. Pessimists are also people who think the human race is beneath their notice, that they're better than other human beings.

Hope Quotes

American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.

American Quotes, History Quotes

I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all.

Time Quotes, History Quotes

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.

History Quotes

The future is like heaven, everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now.

Future Quotes, Heaven Quotes

Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.

Anger Quotes, Heart Quotes

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

Heart Quotes

Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law.

Hatred Quotes

When one begins to live by habit and by quotation, one has begun to stop living.

Habit Quotes

The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one's key to the experience of others.

Experience Quotes

Education is indoctrination if you're white - subjugation if you're black.

Education 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.

Education Quotes

The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.

Anger Quotes, Creation Quotes

There are few things more dreadful than dealing with a man who knows he is going under, in his own eyes, and in the eyes of others. Nothing can help that man. What is left of that man flees from what is left of human attention.

Help Quotes, Attention Quotes

To act is to be committed, and to be committed is to be in danger.

Anger Quotes

No one can possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time.

Time Quotes

To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.

Time Quotes

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

Knowledge Quotes

The young think that failure is the Siberian end of the line, banishment from all the living, and tend to do what I then did - which was to hide.

Failure Quotes

Most of us are about as eager to be changed as we were to be born, and go through our changes in a similar state of shock.

Change Quotes

6 Top James A. Baldwin quotes about Love

I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.

Love Quotes

The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory.

Love Quotes

The question of sexual dominance can exist only in the nightmare of that soul which has armed itself, totally, against the possibility of the changing motion of conquest and surrender, which is love.

Love Quotes

Everybody's journey is individual. If you fall in love with a boy, you fall in love with a boy. The fact that many Americans consider it a disease says more about them than it does about homosexuality.

Love Quotes, American Quotes

Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.

Love Quotes, Fear Quotes

Love him and let him love you. Do you think anything else under heaven really matters?

Love Quotes, Heaven Quotes