Popular James Baldwin Quotes

Love him and let him love you. Do you think anything else under heaven really matters?

A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled.

Education is indoctrination if you’re white – subjugation if you’re black.

If you think too far ahead, if you even try to think too far ahead, you’ll never make it.

Everything in life depends on how that life accepts its limits.

Precisely at the point when you begin to develop a conscience you must find yourself at war with your society.

The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.

Life is more important than art; that’s what makes art important.

The world is before you and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.

Do I really want to be integrated into a burning house?

Whose little boy are you?

There are too many things we do not wish to know about ourselves.

Please try to remember that what they believe, as well as what they do and cause you to endure does not testify to your inferiority but to their inhumanity

Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law.

Whoever debases others is debasing himself.

One writes out of one thing only–one’s own experience. Everything depends on how relentlessly one forces from this experience the last drop, sweet or bitter, it can possibly give. This is the only real concern of the artist, to recreate out of the disorder of life that order which is art.

All art is a kind of confession.