James A. Baldwin Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old james a. baldwin quotes, james a. baldwin sayings, and james a. baldwin proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.     

James A. Baldwin

There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now.     

James A. Baldwin

True rebels after all, are as rare as true lovers,and in both cases, to mistake a fever for passion can destroy one's life.     

James A. Baldwin

Nakedness has no color: this can come as news only to those who have never covered, or been covered by, another naked human being.     

James A. Baldwin

I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.     

James A. Baldwin

Rage cannot be hidden, it can only be dissembled. This dissembling deludes the thoughtless, and strengthens rage and adds, to rage, contempt.     

James A. Baldwin

The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.     

James A. Baldwin

Pessimists are the people who have no hope for themselves or for others. Pessimists are also people who think the human race is beneath their notice, that they're better than other human beings.     

James A. Baldwin

To act is to be committed, and to be committed is to be in danger.     

James A. Baldwin

Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law.     

James A. Baldwin

It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.     

James A. Baldwin

This world is white no longer, and it will never be white again.     

James A. Baldwin

The real victim of bigotry is the white man who hides his weakness under his myth of superiority.     

James A. Baldwin

The victim who is able to articulate the situation of the victim has ceased to be a victim: he or she has become a threat.     

James A. Baldwin

Everything depends on how relentlessly one forces from experience the last drop, sweet or bitter, it can possibly give.     

James A. Baldwin

Experience is a private, very largely speechless affair.     

James A. Baldwin