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James Baldwin
Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and thought of other things if you did.

James Baldwin
Christianity has operated with an unmitigated arrogance and cruelty - necessarily, since a religion ordinarily imposes on those who have discovered the true faith the spiritual duty of liberating the infidels.

James Baldwin
The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.

James Baldwin
For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock. Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have. The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.

James Baldwin
Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time.

James Baldwin
There is a ''sanctity'' involved with bringing a child into this world: it is better than bombing one out of it.

James Baldwin
The American ideal, after all, is that everyone should be as much alike as possible.

James Baldwin
The future is like heaven - everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now.

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