"Fires can't be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks."
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."James A. Baldwin on Frederick Douglass
"I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman."James A. Baldwin on Anais Nin
"Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance."James A. Baldwin on Oscar Wilde
"Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?"James A. Baldwin on Confucius
"Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men."James A. Baldwin on Mahatma Gandhi
"People can cry much easier than they can change."
"The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated."
"Education is indoctrination if you're white - subjugation if you're black."
"The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one's key to the experience of others."
"The young think that failure is the Siberian end of the line, banishment from all the living, and tend to do what I then did - which was to hide."
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