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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.
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.

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