"Pessimists are the people who have no hope for themselves or for others. Pessimists are also people who think the human race is beneath their notice, that they're better than other human beings."
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."James A. Baldwin on Albert Einstein
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."James A. Baldwin on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."James A. Baldwin on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return."James A. Baldwin on Maya Angelou
"I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe."James A. Baldwin on Dalai Lama
"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."