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James Baldwin
(1924-1987) born on
Aug 02
US novelist, essayist. He was a noted spokesman for American blacks in 1950s-60s.
         
   
F
American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.

R
Pessimists are the people who have no hope for themselves or for others. Pessimists are also people who think the human race is beneath their notice, that they're better than other human beings.
A
The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers.
N
Most of us are about as eager to be changed as we were to be born, and go through our changes in a similar state of shock.
K
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.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "A Talk To Teachers," 16 Oct. 1963 (published in The Price of the Ticket, 1985).
R: "A Dialogue," (1973; with Nikki Giovanni), from a conversation in London, 4 Nov 1971.
A:
N: "Every Good-Bye Ain't Gone," in "New York Times," 19 Dec 1977.
K: "A Dialogue," (1973; with Nikki Giovanni), from a conversation in London, 4 Nov 1971.
   


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