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James Baldwin

1924-1987. African-American novelist, short story writer and essayist.

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

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The American ideal, after all, is that everyone should be as much alike as possible.

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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.

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

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When the book comes out it may hurt you -- but in order for me to do it, it had to hurt me first. I can only tell you about yourself as much as I can face about myself.

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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.

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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.

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

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We take our shape, it is true, within and against that cage of reality bequeathed us at our birth; and yet is precisely through our dependence on this reality that we are most endlessly betrayed.

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People can cry much easier than they can change.

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