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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
People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster.

R
No one is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart: for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.
A
Americans, unhappily, have the most remarkable ability to alchemize all bitter truths into an innocuous but piquant confection and to transform their moral contradictions, or public discussion of such contradictions, into a proud decoration. . .
N
Confronted with the impossibility of remaining faithful to one's beliefs, and the equal impossibility of becoming free of them, one can be driven to the most inhuman excesses.
K
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.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Stranger in the Village," in "Harper's," (New York) Oct 1953.
R: "The Black Boy Looks at the White Boy," in "Esquire," May 1961.
A: "Many Thousands Gone," in Partisan Review (New Brunswick, N.J., Nov. -Dec. 1951; repr. in Notes of a Native Son, pt. 1, 1955).
N: "Stranger in the Village," in Harper's (New York, Oct. 1953; repr. in Notes of a Native Son, pt. 2, 1955).
K: "Nobody Knows My Name," 1961; in Esquire Magazine, 1 May 1961.
   


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