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Джеймс Болдуин

Дата рождения: 2. Август 1924
Дата смерти: 1. Декабрь 1987

Джеймс Артур Болдуин — романист, публицист, драматург, активный борец за права человека, отчасти последователь Мартина Лютера Кинга.

„Я люблю Америку больше всего на свете — и именно поэтому настаиваю на своём праве непрерывно критиковать её.“

„Будущее это как рай: все его восхваляют, но никто туда сейчас не стремится.“

„Деньги — это то же, что секс: если их нет, ни о чем другом не думаешь; если они есть — думаешь обо всем, только не о них.“

„Знание оборотной стороны профессии или призвания — это та цена, которую мы платим за овладение профессиональными навыками.“

„Дети никогда не слушались взрослых, но зато исправно им подражали.“

„You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.“

„You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.“

„Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.“

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

„Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.“

„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.“ The Fire Next Time

„Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.“ Giovanni's Room

„Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be“

„People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead.“

„Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.“

„All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.“

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