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The future is like heaven, everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now.

James A. Baldwin in Heaven, Everyone, Now

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The future is like heaven, everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now.

James A. Baldwin

If the relationship of father to son could really be reduced to biology, the whole earth would blaze with the glory of fathers and sons.

James A. Baldwin

Education is indoctrination if you're white - subjugation if you're black.

James A. Baldwin

The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.

James A. Baldwin

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.

James A. Baldwin

I've always believed that you can think positive just as well as you can think negative.

James A. Baldwin

Every legend, moreover, contains its residuum of truth, and the root function of language is to control the universe by describing it.

James A. Baldwin

The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one's key to the experience of others.

James A. Baldwin

The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.

James A. Baldwin

The only thing that white people have that black people need, or should want, is power-and no one holds power forever.

James A. Baldwin

The power of the white world is threatened whenever a black man refuses to accept the white world's definitions.

James A. Baldwin

It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.

James A. Baldwin

American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.

James A. Baldwin

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.

James A. Baldwin

To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.

James A. Baldwin