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Brief author info: James Baldwin (1924-1987) American novelist and essayist.
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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.
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.
People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster.
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
I imagine one reason people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, that they will be forced to deal with pain.
To be black and conscious in America is to be in a constant state of rage.
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.
The making of an American begins at that point where he himself rejects all other ties, any other history, and himself adopts the vesture of his adopted land.
All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story, to vomit the anguish up.
John did not remember very clearly the first time she had gone, to have Roy; folks said that he had cried and carried on the whole time his mother was away; he remembered only enough to be afraid every time her belly began to swell, knowing that each time the swelling began it would not end until she was taken from him, to come back with a stranger.
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