James Baldwin Quotes (173 quotes)
“The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.”
The Black Boy Looks at the White Boy in Esquire (May 1961); republished in Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son (1961)
“The world is before you and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.”
Nobody Knows My Name (2013 edition), Random House LLC - ISBN: 9780804149730
“Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.”
Fifth Avenue, Uptown: a Letter from Harlem in Esquire (July 1960); republished in Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son (1961)
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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.