These James Baldwin Quotes Will Remind You To Show Compassion

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At the end of the day, we're all human.

Noteworthy James Baldwin Quotes

Throughout his life, James Baldwin acted as an advocate for acceptance and equality. These powerful quotes show us how he used his platform as an esteemed writer to get his message across.

Whether it be a book, an essay or even a play, Baldwin put his soul into his writing. Some of his famous work explores topics like racial, sexual and class distinctions in America. Although his most notable contributions took place in the mid-20th-century, his findings are still relevant in the modern society that we live in.

Allow these humbling quotes to show you love and kindness. Hopefully, James Baldwin's words will bring you closer to humanity.

Eye-opening James Baldwin 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 growing up."

  • "Please try to remember that what they believe, as well as what they do and cause you to endure does not testify to your inferiority but to their inhumanity."

  • "Neither love nor terror makes one blind: indifference makes one blind."

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

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

  • "Nakedness has no color: this can come as news only to those who have never covered, or been covered by, another naked human being."

Our Favorite James Baldwin Quotes

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

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

  • "People can cry much easier than they can change."

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

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

  • "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."

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

Meaningful James Baldwin 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."

  • "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."

  • "You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read."

  • "People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned."

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

  • "People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead."

  • "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."

  • "I can’t believe what you say, because I see what you do."

Inspiring James Baldwin Quotes

  • "Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition."

  • "You have to decide who you are and force the world to deal with you, not with its idea of you."

  • "Precisely at the point when you begin to develop a conscience, you must find yourself at war with your society."

  • "The purpose of education... is to create in a person the ability to look at the world for himself, to make his own decisions."

  • "All I know about music is that not many people ever really hear it. And even then, on the rare occasions when something opens within, and the music enters, what we mainly hear, or hear corroborated, are personal, private, vanishing evocations."

  • "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."

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