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James Baldwin Quotes and Sayings

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The primary distinction of the artist is that he must
actively cultivate that state which most men,
necessarily, must avoid; the state of being alone.
- James Baldwin

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.
- James Baldwin

If you're treated a certain way you become a certain kind of person.
If certain things are described to you as being real
they're real for you whether they're real or not.
- James Baldwin

The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience
of the people who produced him.
- James Baldwin

 

We have all had the experience of finding that our
reactions and perhaps even our deeds have denied beliefs we thought were ours.
- James Baldwin

It is a great shock at the age of five or six to find
that in a world of Gary Coopers you are the Indian.
- James Baldwin

The making of an American begins at the point where
he himself rejects all other ties,
any other history, and himself adopts the vesture of his adopted land.
- James Baldwin

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The reason people think it's important to be white
is that they think it's important not to be black.
- James Baldwin

It is a very rare man who does not victimize the helpless.
- James Baldwin

But the relationship of morality and power is a very subtle one.
Because ultimately power without morality is no longer power.
- James Baldwin

The South is very beautiful but its beauty makes one
sad because the lives that people live here,
and have lived here, are so ugly.
- James Baldwin

An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way
in which the person faces and uses his experience.
- James Baldwin

It is only in his music, which Americans are able to
admire because a protective sentimentality limits their understanding of it,
that the Negro in America has been able to tell his story.
- James Baldwin

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.
- James Baldwin

The primary factor is proportions.
- Arne Jacobsen

Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.
- Charles Eames

A corporation's primary goal is to make money.
Government's primary role is to take a big chunk of
that money and give it to others.
- Larry Ellison

All these primary impulses,
not easily described in words,
are the springs of man's actions.
- Albert Einstein

What makes photography a strange invention is that
its primary raw materials are light and time.
- John Berger

There is no original or primary gender a drag imitates,
but gender is a kind of imitation for which there is no original.
- Judith Butler

Deterrence itself is not a preeminent value;
the primary values are safety and morality.
- Herman Kahn

I could have possibly beaten Senator McCain in the primary.
Then I could have been the candidate who lost to Barack Obama.
- Mitt Romney

In fact, street gangs are the primary distributor of
illegal drugs in the United States.
- Dave Reichert

I really can't hate more than 5 or 10 years.
Wouldn't it be terrible to be always burdened with
those primary emotions you had at one time?
- Han Suyin

Senator Arlen Specter hasn't really switched parties;
he's simply realized he cannot win the Pennsylvania
Republican primary election.
- Michael Reagan

Primary care must never be seen simply as a set of
organisational structures.
- John Hutton

You know, this is not about endorsements in the primary.
We have to get through a primary first.
- Katherine Harris

The information that is passed from person to person
and from generation to generation is the primary factor
that gives humans a competitive advantage over other animals.
- Keith Henson

The primary source of the appeal of Christianity was Jesus -
His incarnation,
His life, His crucifixion, and His resurrection.
- Kenneth Scott Latourette

Scientists now believe that the primary biological
function of breasts is to make males stupid.
- Dave Barry

There is nothing to indicate any biological need for
an exclusive primary bond;
nothing to suggest that mothering cannot be shared by several people.
- H. R. Schaffer

I have said consistently both in my papers and in my speeches -
which you heard in the primary campaign -
that I will continue to phase out the Capital Stock and Franchise tax.
- Ed Rendell

The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make
one's mind a pleasant place in which to spend one's leisure.
- Sydney J. Harris

My primary and secondary education was provided by
the Highland Park Public School System.
- James Cronin

One of my primary objects is to form the tools so the
tools themselves shall fashion the work and give to
every part its just proportion.
- Eli Whitney

Each and every day health centers provide high-quality
primary and preventive care to our constituents.
- Jan Schakowsky

Sharpton is not even on the Presidential primary ballot here in Louisiana.
- Tony Brown

Anyone who has obeyed nature by transmitting a piece
of gossip experiences the explosive relief that accompanies
the satisfying of a primary need.
- Primo Levi

The making of an Atheist implies a mental stimulation
and training which brings into play the primary factors of social progress.
- Joseph McCabe

Twilight is about getting older and relationships -
not about a murder mystery.
It's about love when you reach a certain age;
nothing is in primary colors.
- Robert Benton

The material particle nature of primary cosmic radiation has been confirmed,
although the processes turned out to be extraordinarily
more complicated than we had assumed.
- Walther Bothe

I believe the director's primary role is to create
an atmosphere where his company can be created.
- Charles Keating

It's the level that allows us each to live our own chosen lives.
But I notice not everyone agrees with the primary importance of that level,
and I try to account for how they don't.
- Robert Nozick

Obedience is the primary object of all sound education.
- Elizabeth Missing Sewell

After my stellar first grade academic achievements,
I continued to perform well in the city primary schools -
except for penmanship,
which was not my forte.
- Vernon L. Smith

It is clear that every immediate object of our senses
both exists and is real in the primary meaning of these
terms so long as we remain aware of the object.
- Charles D. Broad

Civilized society is perpetually menaced with disintegration
through this primary hostility of men towards one another.
- Sigmund Freud

When the American spirit was in its youth,
the language of America was different:
Liberty,
sir, was the primary object.
- Patrick Henry

We are all primary numbers divisible only by ourselves.
- Jean Guitton

The primary function of a theater is not to please itself,
or even to please its audience.
It is to serve talent.
- Robert Brustein

Self-improvement is the name of the game,
and your primary objective is to strengthen yourself,
not to destroy an opponent.
- Maxwell Maltz

I support the recommendations made by the International Crisis Group.
The primary responsibility is for Kosovo Albanians
to demonstrate that their treatment of minorities is adequate.
- Emma Bonino

In Illinois, community, migrant, homeless and public
housing health centers operate 268 primary care sites
and serve close to 1 million patients every year.
- Jan Schakowsky

I'd love to go back and teach primary school.
I used to teach fourth grade and fifth grade.
I'd love to spend several years teaching kindergarten or maybe third grade.
- Jonathan Kozol

This will surprise some of your readers,
but my primary interest is not with computer security.
I am primarily interested in writing software that works as intended.
- Wietse Venema

I consider myself to have been the bridge between the
shotgun and the binoculars in bird watching.
Before I came along, the primary way to observe birds
was to shoot them and stuff them.
- Roger Tory Peterson

Ignorance is the primary source of all misery and vice.
- Victor Cousin

The primary symptom of a controller is denial,
that is I can't see its symptoms in myself.
- Keith Miller

The primary use of conversation is to satisfy the impulse to talk.
- George Santayana

John McCain was victimized in the South Carolina primary.
- Mark Shields

It is one of the primary motives of modern art that
it wants to abolish the distance which the viewer,
the consumer, the audience maintain vis-a-vis a work of art.
- Hans-Georg Gadamer

Money is not our primary aim.
Changing the behavior and the practice of the gun industry is.
- Marc Morial

What is the primary purpose of a political leader? To build a majority.
If voters care about parking lots, then talk about parking lots.
- Newt Gingrich

My mother's studies stopped with the third year of primary school,
my father with the first.
They taught me a deep sense of duty.
But nobody was involved in politics in my family.
- Emma Bonino

The most important and urgent problems of the technology
of today are no longer the satisfactions of the primary
needs or of archetypal wishes,
but the reparation of the evils and damages by the technology of yesterday.
- Dennis Gabor

The primary factor in a successful attack is speed.
- Lord Mountbatten

It has become evident that the primary lesson of the
study of evolution is that all evolution is coevolution:
every organism is evolving in tandem with the organisms around it.
- Kevin Kelly

In New York, we had primary elections for mayor.
To improve their chances, all five candidates changed
their name to Rudy Giuliani.
- Conan O'Brien

There have been a lot of murders and suicides in my family;
it's like the primary cause of death.
I wonder if there's a certain energy that attracts that.
- Rose McGowan

The primary one being, like I said, I don't like rock 'n' roll piano.
- Warren Zevon

I use a wide selection of colours.
It is impossible to produce work like mine using only
the primary colours as they only mix a certain range of colour.
- John Dyer


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