"The only thing that white people have that black people need, or should want, is power-and no one holds power forever."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."James A. Baldwin on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."James A. Baldwin on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."James A. Baldwin on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."James A. Baldwin on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."James A. Baldwin on Booker T. Washington
"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."