James Baldwin Quotes (173 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.”
Me and My House in Harper's (1955); republished in Notes of a Native Son (1955)
“Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.”
The Black Boy Looks at the White Boy in Esquire (May 1961)
No Name in the Street (1972)
“The only thing that white people have that black people need, or should want, is power-and no one holds power forever.”
Collected essays (1998 edition)
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsJames Baldwin
Born: August 2, 1924
Died: December 1, 1987 (aged 63)
Occupation: Educator, writer, novelist, poet, playwright, activist
Bio: James Arthur Baldwin was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic.