"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."
"My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."James A. Baldwin on John F. Kennedy
"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it."James A. Baldwin on Mark Twain
"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism."James A. Baldwin on George Washington
"A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle."James A. Baldwin on George William Curtis
"Memorial Day this year is especially important as we are reminded almost daily of the great sacrifices that the men and women of the Armed Services make to defend our way of life."James A. Baldwin on Robin Hayes
"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."