"I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually."
"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."James A. Baldwin on Lao Tzu
"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead."James A. Baldwin on Oscar Wilde
"Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself - and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is."James A. Baldwin on Jim Morrison
"Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye."James A. Baldwin on H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
"Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable."James A. Baldwin on Bruce Lee
"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."