"People can cry much easier than they can change."
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."James A. Baldwin on Maya Angelou
"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent."James A. Baldwin on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."James A. Baldwin on Reinhold Niebuhr
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."James A. Baldwin on Barack Obama
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."James A. Baldwin on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."
"Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within."