"The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one's key to the experience of others."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."James A. Baldwin on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."James A. Baldwin on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."James A. Baldwin on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."James A. Baldwin on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."James A. Baldwin on Mark Twain
"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 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."