James Arthur Baldwin

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

James Arthur Baldwin

Not many people have ever died of love. But multitudes have perished, and are perishing every hour--and in the oddest places!--for the lack of it.

James Arthur 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 Arthur Baldwin

Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck -- but, most of all, endurance.

James Arthur Baldwin

The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers.

James Arthur 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 Arthur Baldwin

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

James Arthur Baldwin

The face of a lover is an unknown, precisely because it is invested with so much of oneself. It is a mystery, containing, like all mysteries, the possibility of torment.

James Arthur Baldwin

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

James Arthur Baldwin

Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.

James Arthur Baldwin

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

James Arthur Baldwin

Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.

James Arthur Baldwin

Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.

James Arthur Baldwin

Be careful what you set your heart upon - for it will surely be yours.

James Arthur Baldwin

No one can possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time.

James Arthur Baldwin

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

James Arthur Baldwin