I would love to post 94 quotes to celebrate what would be seminal author James Baldwin’s 94th birthday, but instead I’m posting five. See the final quote for further explanation.
- “Everybody’s journey is individual. If you fall in love with a boy, you fall in love with a boy. The fact that many Americans consider it a disease says more about them than it does about homosexuality.”
- “People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them.”
- “American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.”
- “The writer’s greed is appalling. He wants, or seems to want, everything and practically everybody, [yet] at the same time, he needs no one at all.”
- “When one begins to live by habit and by quotation, one has begun to stop living.”