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"Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up" James A. Baldwin

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"We are all androgynous, not only because we are all born of a woman impregnated by the seed of a man but because each of us, helplessly and forever, contains the other -- male in female, female in male, white in black and black in white. We are a part of each other. Many of my countrymen appear to find this fact exceedingly inconvenient and even unfair, and so, very often, do I. But none of us can do anything about it." James A. Baldwin

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"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

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"Words like ''freedom,'' ''justice,'' ''democracy'' are not common concepts; on the contrary, they are rare. People are not born knowing what these are. It takes enormous and, above all, individual effort to arrive at the respect for other people that these words imply." James A. Baldwin

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"Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up." James A. Baldwin

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"The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an immediate knowledge of its ugly side." James A. Baldwin

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"The question of sexual dominance can exist only in the nightmare of that soul which has armed itself, totally, against the possibility of the changing motion of conquest and surrender, which is love." James A. Baldwin

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"There are few things more dreadful than dealing with a man who knows he is going under, in his own eyes, and in the eyes of others. Nothing can help that man. What is left of that man flees from what is left of human attention." James A. Baldwin

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"The establishment of democracy on the American continent was scarcely as radical a break with the past as was the necessity, which Americans faced, of broadening this concept to include black men." James A. Baldwin

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

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"You know, it's not the world that was my oppressor, because what the world does to you, if the world does it to you long enough and effectively enough, you begin to do to yourself." James A. Baldwin

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"There is a ''sanctity'' involved with bringing a child into this world: it is better than bombing one out of it." James A. Baldwin

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"Christianity has operated with an unmitigated arrogance and cruelty -- necessarily, since a religion ordinarily imposes on those who have discovered the true faith the spiritual duty of liberating the infidels." James A. Baldwin

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"We cannot discuss the state of our minorities until we first have some sense of what we are, who we are, what our goals are, and what we take life to be. The question is not what we can do now for the hypothetical Mexican, the hypothetical Negro. The question is what we really want out of life, for ourselves, what we think is real." James A. Baldwin

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"No one is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart: for his purity, by definition, is unassailable." James A. Baldwin

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"An identity is questioned only when it is menaced, as when the mighty begin to fall, or when the wretched begin to rise, or when the stranger enters the gates, never, thereafter, to be a stranger. Identity would seem to be the garment with which one covers the nakedness of the self: in which case, it is best that the garment be loose, a little like the robes of the desert, through which one's nakedness can always be felt, and, sometimes, discerned. This trust in one's nakedness is all that gives one the power to change one's robes." James A. Baldwin

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"He may be a very nice man. But I haven't got the time to figure that out. All I know is, he's got a uniform and a gun and I have to relate to him that way. That's the only way to relate to him because one of us may have to die." James A. Baldwin

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"No one can possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time." James A. Baldwin

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"Voyagers discover that the world can never be larger than the person that is in the world; but it is impossible to foresee this, it is impossible to be warned." James A. Baldwin

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"The young think that failure is the Siberian end of the line, banishment from all the living, and tend to do what I then did--which was to hide." James A. Baldwin

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"Rage cannot be hidden, it can only be dissembled. This dissembling deludes the thoughtless, and strengthens rage and adds, to rage, contempt." James A. Baldwin

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