"Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go."
— James Baldwin
"A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled."
— James A. Baldwin
"People don’t have any mercy. They tear you limb from limb, in the name of love. Then, when you’re dead, when they’ve killed you by what they made you go through, they say you didn’t have any character. They weep big, bitter tears - not for you. For themselves, because they’ve lost their toy."
— James Baldwin (Another Country)
"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 (The Fire Next Time)