"To be sensual, I think, is to respect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the making of bread."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."James A. Baldwin on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."James A. Baldwin on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."James A. Baldwin on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."James A. Baldwin on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."James A. Baldwin on Abraham Lincoln
"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."