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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.
It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.

Europe has what we do not have yet, a sense of the mysterious and inexorable limits of life, a sense, in a word, of tragedy. And we have what they sorely need: a sense of life's possibilities.
The American ideal, after all, is that everyone should be as much alike as possible.
Nothing is more desirable than to be released from affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch.
Women manage, quite brilliantly, on the whole, and to stunning and unforeseeable effect, to survive and surmount being defined by others. They dismiss the definition, however dangerous or wounding it may be-- or even, sometimes, find a way to utilize it.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In NY "Times," 1 Jun 64
R: Nobody Knows My Name, "The Discovery of What it Means to Be an American" (1961).
A: Notes of a Native Son/ 1955
N: Nobody Knows My Name
K: In "Famous Black Quotations," ed. Janet Cheatham Bell, 1995.

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