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The world is before you

The world is before you, and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.
– James Baldwin

I love America more than

“I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.”

– 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

Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
– James Baldwin

The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.
– James Baldwin

When one begins to live by habit and by quotation, one has begun to stop living.
– James Baldwin

I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself.
– James Baldwin

Anyone who has struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.
– James Baldwin

Freedom is not something that anybody can be given; freedom is something people take and people are as free as they want to be.
– James Baldwin