"The future is like heaven, everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now."
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."James A. Baldwin on Winston Churchill
"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."James A. Baldwin on Oscar Wilde
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."James A. Baldwin on Steve Jobs
"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough."James A. Baldwin on Albert Einstein
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."James A. Baldwin on William Shakespeare
"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."