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date: 05 July 2020

James Baldwin 1924–87
American novelist and essayist 

  1. Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. They must, they have no other models.
    Nobody Knows My Name (1961) ‘Fifth Avenue, Uptown: a letter from Harlem’
  2. Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.
    Nobody Knows My Name (1961) ‘Fifth Avenue, Uptown: a letter from Harlem’
  3. Freedom is not something that anybody can be given; freedom is something people take and people are as free as they want to be.
    Nobody Knows My Name (1961) ‘Notes for a Hypothetical Novel’
  4. 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.
    in Esquire May 1961 ‘Black Boy looks at the White Boy’
  5. Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
    in New York Times 14 January 1962
  6. To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.
    in Time magazine, August 1965
  7. If they take you in the morning, they will be coming for us that night.
    in New York Review of Books 7 January 1971 ‘Open Letter to my Sister, Angela Davis’