"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."
"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."James A. Baldwin on Theodore Roosevelt
"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying."James A. Baldwin on Michael Jordan
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."James A. Baldwin on Calvin Coolidge
"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."James A. Baldwin on Abraham Lincoln
"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important."James A. Baldwin on Steve Jobs
"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."
"Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within."