James Baldwin quotes
Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
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.
I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.
Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.
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.
It is very nearly impossible to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.
There are so many ways of being despicable it quite makes one's head spin. But the way to be really despicable is to be contemptuous of other people's pain.
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.