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James Baldwin

Születési dátum: 2. augusztus 1924
Halál dátuma: 1. december 1987
Más nevek: Џејмс Болдвин, Джеймс Болдуїн

James Arthur Baldwin afroamerikai regényíró, drámaíró, esszéista, költő és aktivista. James Baldwin homoszexuális volt. Wikipedia

Idézetek James Baldwin

„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 Baldwin, könyv Nobody Knows My Name

"In Search of a Majority: An Address" (Feb 1960); reprinted in Baldwin, "Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobody_Knows_My_Name (1961)

„Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.“

—  James Baldwin, könyv Giovanni's Room

Forrás: Giovanni's Room

„I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.“

—  James Baldwin, könyv The Fire Next Time

"Me and My House" in Harper's (November 1955); republished in Notes of a Native Son (1955)
Forrás: The Fire Next Time

„Everyone wishes to be loved, but in the event, nearly no one can bear it. Everyone desires love but also finds it impossible to believe that he deserves it.“

—  James Baldwin, könyv Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone

Forrás: Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone

„Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.“

—  James Baldwin

"As Much Truth As One Can Bear" in The New York Times Book Review (14 January 1962); republished in The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings (2011), edited by Randall Kenan<!-- , also quoted in Wisdom for the Soul : Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing (2006) by Larry Chang, p. 114 -->
Kontextus: Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced. … Most of us are about as eager to change as we were to be born, and go through our changes in a similar state of shock.

„Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.“

—  James Baldwin

"Fifth Avenue, Uptown: a Letter from Harlem" in Esquire (July 1960); republished in Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son (1961)

Citát „Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.“

„Perhaps I did not succumb to ideology … because I have never seen myself as a spokesman. I am a witness.“

—  James Baldwin

Interview with Julius Lester, "James Baldwin: Reflections of a Maverick" http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/03/29/specials/baldwin-reflections.html in The New York Times (27 May 1984)
Kontextus: Perhaps I did not succumb to ideology … because I have never seen myself as a spokesman. I am a witness. In the church in which I was raised you were supposed to bear witness to the truth. Now, later on, you wonder what in the world the truth is, but you do know what a lie is.

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