"Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war love is a growing up."
"He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice."James A. Baldwin on Albert Einstein
"One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society... shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam."James A. Baldwin on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one."James A. Baldwin on Albert Einstein
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."James A. Baldwin on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills we shall never surrender."James A. Baldwin on Winston Churchill
"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."