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WORDS TO LIVE BY: JAMES BALDWIN

‘Words to live by’ : is a daily segment by theSystem * that looks into 7 of the most striking comments and quotes by thought leaders in life or otherwise.


James Arthur Baldwin was an American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son, explore intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western society, most notably in regard to the mid-twentieth-century United States.

Here are 7 James Baldwins most striking quotes :

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

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.

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.

I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.

Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.

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

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.

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