10 Inspirational Grief Quotes

  1. “For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.”
    Kahlil Gibran

2. “The darker the night, the brighter the stars,
     The deeper the grief, the closer is God!”
     Fyodor Dostoevsky

3. “Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this  same  necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.”
 Leo Tolstoy

4. “It’s possible to go on, no matter how impossible it seems, and that in time, the grief… lessens. It may not go away completely, but after a while, it’s not so overwhelming.”
Nicholas Spark

5. “Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”

6. “I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.”
Robert Fulghum

7. “Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.”
José N. Harris

8. “If you hold back on the emotions – if you don’t allow yourself to go all the way through them – you can never get to being detached, you’re too busy being afraid. You’re afraid of the pain, you’re afraid of the grief. You’re afraid of the vulnerability that loving entails. But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to dive in, all the way, over your heard even, you experience them fully and completely.”
Mitch Albom

9. “Grieving doesn’t make you imperfect. It makes you human.”
Sarah Dessen

10. “Grief is love’s souvenir. It’s our proof that we once loved. Grief is the receipt we wave in the air that says to the world: Look! Love was once mine. I love well. Here is my proof that I paid the price.”
Glennon Doyle Melton


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10 Funny Quotes and Sayings

  1. “I have to keep reminding myself that I’m an adult and will be charged as one.”
  2. “Just before I die, I am going to swallow a bag of popcorn kernels. My cremation is going to be epic!”
  3. “I’d walk through fire for my best friend. Well, not fire, that would be dangerous. But a super humid room…but not too humid because, you know… my hair.”
  4. “You love flowers, but you cut them. You love animals, but you eat them. You tell me you love me, so now I’m scared!”
  5. Next time a stranger talks to me when I’m alone, I will look at them shocked and whisper quietly “You can see me?”
  6. “The strongest people make time to help others, even if they are struggling with their own problems.”
  7. “One minute you’re really young and cool… and the next, you’re getting all excited about a new vacuum.”
  8. “If I wanted to listen to an asshole, I would fart…”
  9. “Friends buy you a lunch. Best friends eat your lunch.”
  10. “That moment when you realize it wasn’t a fart”

30 Inspiring Quotes About Winter

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  1. “How many lessons of faith and beauty we should lose if there were no winter in our year!”
    –Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  2. “I love the scents of winter! For me, it’s all about the feeling you get when you smell pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, and spruce.”
    –Taylor Swift
  3. “I pray this winter to be gentle and kind–a season of rest from the wheel of the mind. “
    –John Geddes
  4. “I prefer winter and Fall when you feel the bone structure of the landscape–the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show. “
    –Andrew Wyeth
  5. “I write probably 80 percent of my stuff over the winter.”
    –Bob Seger
  6. “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
    –Anne Bradstreet
  7. “If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”
    –Percy Bysshe Shelley
  8. “If winter helps you curl up and more that makes it one of the best of the seasons.”
    –Murray Pura
  9. “In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.”
    –William Blake
  10. “It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it. “
    –John Burroughs
  11. “Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”
    –Victor Hugo
  12. “Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.”
    –Pietro Aretino
  13. “Many human beings say that they enjoy the winter, but what they really enjoy is feeling proof against it.”
    –Richard Adams
  14. “No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”
    –Hal Borland
  15. “Nothing is as easy to make as a promise this winter to do something next summer; this is how commencement speakers are caught.”
    –Sydney J. Harris
  16. “One kind word can warm three winter months. “
    –Japanese Proverb
  17. “People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.”
    –Anton Chekhov
  18. “Thank goodness for the first snow, it was a reminder–no matter how old you became and how much you’d seen, things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered.”
    –Candace Bushnell
  19. “The hard soil and four months of snow make the inhabitants of the northern temperate zone wiser and abler than his fellow who enjoys the fixed smile of the tropics. “
    –Ralph Waldo Emerson
  20. “The problem with winter sports is that–follow me closely here–they generally take place in winter.”
    –Dave Barry
  21. “To shorten winter, borrow some money due in spring. “
    –W.J. Vogel
  22. “Welcome, winter. Your late dawns and chilled breath make me lazy, but I love you nonetheless. “
    –Terri Guillemets
  23. “Blow ye winds, like the trumpet blows, but without that noise. “
    — Jack Handey
  24. “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. “
    –John Steinbeck
  25. “When I was young, I loved summer and hated winter. When I got older I loved winter and hated summer. Now that I’m even older, and wiser, I hate both summer and winter.”
    –Jarod Kintz
  26. “Winter blues are cured every time with a potato gratin paired with a roast chicken.”
    –Alexandra Guarnaschelli
  27. “Winter forms our character and brings out our best.”
    –Tom Allen
  28. “Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.”
    –Paul Theroux
  29. “Winter is not a season, it’s a celebration.”
    –Anamika Mishra
  30. “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
    –Edith Sitwell

12 Helpful and Comforting Death Quotes

1.“Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion to death.”- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

2. “Grief is not a disorder, a disease, or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical, and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve.” – Earl Grollman

3. “You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news.

They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly — that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.” – Anne Lamott

4. “There is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”- Winnie the Pooh

5. “If I can see the pain in your eyes, then share with me your tears. If I can see the joy in your eyes, then share with me your smile.” – Santosh Kalwar

6. “Deep grief sometimes is almost like a specific location, a coordinate on a map of time. When you are standing in that forest of sorrow, you cannot imagine that you could ever find your way to a better place.

But if someone can assure you that they themselves have stood in that same place, and now have moved on, sometimes this will bring hope.” – Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

7. “And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief.” – William Cullen Bryant

8. “There is an hour, a minute – you will remember it forever – when you know instinctively on the basis of the most inconsequential evidence, that something is wrong.

You don’t know – can’t know – that it is the first of a series of “wrongful” events that will culminate in the utter devastation of your life as you have known it.”- Joyce Carol Oates, A Widow’s Story

9. “When a friend of Abigail and John Adams was killed at Bunker Hill, Abigail’s response was to write a letter to her husband and include these words, ‘My bursting heart must find vent at my pen.’” – David McCullough

10. “No one ever told me that grief felt so much like fear.” – C. S. Lewis

11.“A feeling of pleasure or solace can be so hard to find when you are in the depths of your grief. Sometimes it’s the little things that help get you through the day.

You may think your comforts sound ridiculous to others, but there is nothing ridiculous about finding one little thing to help you feel good in the midst of pain and sorrow!” – Elizabeth Berrien, Creative Grieving: A Hip Chick’s Path from Loss to Hope 

12. “When your fear touches someone’s pain, it becomes pity. When your love touches someone’s pain, it becomes compassion.” – Stephen Levine


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50 Quotes by Ralph Ellison

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1. “It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow.” – 

2. “Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.” – 

3. “If you can show me how I can cling to that which is real to me while teaching me a way into the larger society, then and only then will I drop my defenses and hostility, and I will sing your praises and help you to make the desert bear fruit.” –

4. “Power doesn’t have to show off. Power is confident, self-assuring, self-starting and self-stopping, self-warming and self-justifying. When you have it, you know it.” – 

5. “When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” – 

6. “Light confirms my reality, gives birth to my form…without light, I am not only invisible but formless as well, and to be unaware of one’s form is to live a death…the truth is the light and light are the truth.” – 

7. “In order to travel far you have to be detached.” – 

8. “The world is a possibility if only you’ll discover it.” – 

9. “It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: That I am nobody but myself.” – 

10. “I feel the need to reaffirm all of it, the whole unhappy territory and all the things loved and unlovable in it, for it is all part of me.” – 

Ralph Ellison quotes that will inspire you to reach your highest potential.

11. “Man’s hope can paint a purple picture, can transform a soaring vulture into a noble eagle or moaning dove.” – 

12. “I denounce because though implicated and partially responsible, I have been hurt to the point of abysmal pain, hurt to the point of invisibility. And I defend because, in spite of it all, I find that I love.” – 

13. “The world is just as concrete, ornery, vile, and sublimely wonderful as before, only now I better understand my relation to it and it to me.” –  

14. “Having tried to give pattern to the chaos which lives within the pattern of your certainties, I must come out, I must emerge.” – 

15. “I don’t allow anonymous people to give me a sense of my worth.” –  

16. “But what a feeling can come over a man just from seeing the things he believes in and hopes for symbolized in the concrete form of a man. In something that gives a focus to all the other things, he knows to be real. Something that makes unseen things manifest and allows him to come to his hopes and dreams through his outer eye and through the touch and feel of his natural hand.” – 

17. “And the mind that has conceived a plan of living must never lose sight of the chaos against which that pattern was conceived. That goes for societies as well as for individuals.” – 

18. “If only all the contradictory voices shouting in my head would calm down and sing a song in unison, whatever it was I wouldn’t care as long as they sang without dissonance.” – 

19. “By and large, the critics and readers gave me an affirmed sense of my identity as a writer. You might know this within yourself, but to have it affirmed by others is of utmost importance. Writing is, after all, a form of communication.” – 

20. “Our task, then always, is to challenge the apparent forms of reality that is, the fixed manner and values of the few, and to struggle with it until it reveals its mad, vari-implicated chaos, its false face, and so on until it surrenders its insight, its truth.” – 

Ralph Ellison quotes on art, life, and reality

21. “Meaning grows in the mind, but the shape and form of the act remain.” –

22. “The thing to do is to exploit the meaning of the life you have.” –  

23. “The end is in the beginning and lies far ahead.” –

24. “Play the game, but don’t believe in it – that much you owe yourself … Play the game, but raise the ante, my boy. Learn how it operates, learn how you operate.” –  

25. “Perhaps simple to be known, to be looked upon by so many people, to be the focal point of so many concentrating eyes, perhaps this was enough to make one different; enough to transform one into something else, someone else; just as by becoming an increasingly larger boy one became one day a man.”  – 

26. “For now, I had begun to believe, despite all the talk of science around me, that there was a magic in spoken words.” – 

27. “But live you must, and you can either make passive love to your sickness or burn it out and go on to the next conflicting phase.”  – 

28. “I was no longer afraid. Not of important men, not of trustees and such; for knowing now that there was nothing which I could expect from them, there was no reason to be afraid.”  – 

29. “Nothing, storm or flood, must get in the way of our need for light and ever more and brighter light. The truth is the light and light is the truth.”  – 

30. “That invisibility to which I refer occurs because of a peculiar disposition of the eyes of those with whom I come in contact. A matter of the construction of their INNER eyes, those eyes with which they look through their physical eyes upon reality.” – 

Ralph Ellison quotes to inspire success and greatness.

31. “While fiction is but a form of symbolic action, a mere game of “as if,” therein lies its true function and its potential for effecting change.” –  

32. “Some people are your relatives but others are your ancestors, and you choose the ones you want to have as ancestors. You create yourself out of those values.” – 

33. “Perhaps to lose a sense of where you are implying the danger of losing a sense of who you are. That must be it, I thought—to lose your direction is to lose your face.”  – 

34. “Now I know men are different and that all life is divided and that only in the division is their true health.” – 

35. “We look too much to museums. The sun coming up in the morning is enough.” – 

36. “For, like almost everyone else in our country, I started out with my share of optimism. I believed in hard work and progress and action, but now, after first being ‘for’ society and then ‘against’ it, I assign myself no rank or any limit, and such an attitude is very much against the trend of the times. But my world has become one of the infinite possibilities. What a phrase – still it’s a good phrase and a good view of life, and a man shouldn’t accept any other; that much I’ve learned underground. Until some gang succeeds in putting the world in a straitjacket, its definition is a possibility.” – 

37. “Without the possibility of action, all knowledge comes to one labeled ‘file and forget.” – 

38. “Power, for the writer…. lies in his ability to reveal if only a little bit more about the complexity of humanity.” –  

39. “I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time being ashamed.” – 

40. “Education is all a matter of building bridges.” – 

Other inspirational quotes by Ralph Ellison 

41. “The understanding of art depends finally upon one’s willingness to extend one’s humanity and one’s knowledge of human life.” – 

42. “America is woven of many strands. I would recognize them and let it so remain. Our fate is to become one, and yet many. This is not prophecy, but description.” – 

43. “If the word has the potency to revive and make us free, it has also the power to blind, imprison, and destroy.” – 

44. “I tell white kids that instead of talking about black men in a white world or black men in a white society, they should ask themselves how black they are because black men have been influencing the values of the society and the art forms of the society.” – 

45. “Hibernation is a covert preparation for a more overt action.” –  

46. “Nothing ever stops; it divides and multiplies, and I guess sometimes it gets ground down superfine, but it doesn’t just blow away.” – 

47. “Literature is integrated, and I’m not just talking about color or race. I’m talking about the power of literature to make us recognize – and again and again – the wholeness of the human experience.” – 

48. “And all Negroes at some period of their lives there is that yearning for a sense of group unity that is the yearning of men for a flag: for a unity that cannot be compromised, that cannot be bought; that is conscious of itself, of its strength, that is militant.” – 

49. “Words are your business, boy. Not just the word. Words are everything. The key to the rock, the answer to the question.” – 

50. “I am an invisible man. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids – and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.” – 

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Beautiful Quotes to Brighten Your Day!

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. ― William Shakespeare

“It is the love of country that has lighted and that keeps glowing the holy fire of patriotism. ― J. Horace McFarland

“Love is more powerful than any drug on this planet. And it’s brighter than any star whose light is blazing on it. ― Jason Reeves

“Love one another and you will be happy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that. ― Michael Leunig

“Love dies only when growth stops. ― Pearl S. Buck

“Love in the real world means saying you’re sorry 10 times a day.  ―  Kathie Lee Gifford

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. ― Albert Einstein

“To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage. ― Lao Tzu

“Love is a lot like Dreams! They both have no borders or boundaries! Except for the ones we build in our egoic mind. ― Philip T. M

“Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species. ― W. Somerset Maugham

“Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin … it’s the triumphant twang of a bedspring. ― S. J. Perelman

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Motivational Quotes

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1. It always seems impossible until it’s done.

~Nelson Mandela

2. If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.

 ~Jim Rohn

3. Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.

~Bo Jackson

4. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

~Samuel Beckett

5. There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.

~Aldous Huxley

6. Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

~Arthur Ashe

7. Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

~Dalai Lama

8. Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.

~ Robert H. Schuller

9. I learned that we can do anything, but we can’t do everything… at least not at the same time. So think of your priorities, not in terms of what activities you do, but when you do them. Timing is everything.

 ~Dan Millman

10. Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best.

~St. Jerome

11. A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.

 ~George S. Patton

12. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

~Charles R. Swindoll

13. Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.

 ~Og Mandino

14. I can, therefore I am.

~Simone Weil

15. Leap and the net will appear.

~John Burroughs

16. Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.

~Simone de Beauvoir

17. If you can dream it, you can do it.

~Walt Disney

18. When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.

 ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

19. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

 ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

20. Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.

~Sam Levenson







Gil Scott-Heron – Top 25 Quotes

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With all of the violence and unrest in the United States, I just wanted to touch on a few quotes from a great man whom I admired, not only for his music but for also his quotes, poetry, and work as a humanitarian.  Here are 25 quotes from the Legendary Gil Scott – Heron.

Gilbert Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) was an American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author, known primarily for his work as a spoken-word performer in the 1970s and 1980s. His collaborative efforts with musician Brian Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues, and soul, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. His own term for himself was “Bluesology”, which he defined as “a scientist who is concerned with the origin of the blues”.His music, most notably on the albums Pieces of a Man and Winter in America in the early 1970s, influenced and foreshadowed later African-American music genres such as hip hop and neo soul. Scott-Heron is considered by many to be the first rapper/MC ever. His recording work received much critical acclaim, especially one of his best-known compositions, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. AllMusic’s John Bush called him “one of the most important progenitors of rap music,” stating that “his aggressive, no-nonsense street poetry inspired a legion of intelligent rappers while his engaging songwriting skills placed him square in the R&B charts later in his career.

Scott-Heron remained active until his death, and in 2010 released his first new album in 16 years, entitled I’m New Here. A memoir he had been working on for years up to the time of his death, The Last Holiday, was published posthumously in January 2012. Scott-Heron received a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. He also is included in the exhibits at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) that officially opened on September 24, 2016, on the National Mall, and in an NMAAHC publication, Dream a World Anew.

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1. Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something.

2. The first revolution is when you change your mind

3. You will not be able to stay home, brother./You will not be able to plugin, turn on and cop out. / You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip,/Skip out for beer during commercials,/Because the revolution will not be televised.

4. America .. the international Jekyll and Hyde … the land of a thousand disguises, sneaks up on you but rarely surprises

5. I am a black man dedicated to expression; expression of the joy and pride of blackness. I consider myself neither poet, composer, or musician. These are merely tools used by sensitive men to carve out a piece of beauty or truth that they hope may lead to peace and salvation.

6. Music has the power to make me feel good like nothing else does. It gives me some peace for a while. Takes me back to who I really am.

7. The way you get to know yourself is by the expressions on other people’s faces, because that’s the only thing that you can see, unless you carry a mirror about.

8. Man is a complex being: he makes deserts bloom – and lakes die.

9. I’ve always had questions about what it meant to be a protester, to be in the minority. Are the people who are trying to find peace, who are trying to have the Constitution apply to everybody, are they really the radicals? We’re not protesting from the outside. We’re inside.

10. If someone comes to you and asks for help, and you can help them, you’re supposed to help them. Why wouldn’t you? You have been put in the position somehow to be able to help this person.

11. A good poet feels what his community feels.
Like if you stub your toe, the rest of your body hurts.

12. The revolution will be no re-run brothers,
The revolution will be live.

13. I don’t mind being criticized. I enjoy being criticized personally, not by rumor.

14. I try not to take people who haven’t really thought out what they’re doing too seriously. I try not to let them get in the way of what I feel I need to do.

15. All the dreams you show up in are not your own.

16. The revolution that takes place in your head, nobody will ever see that.

17. If we meet somebody who has never made a mistake, lets help them start a religion. Until then, were just going to meet other humans and help to make each other better.

18. You see Martin Luther King is dead and Huey Newton is not. And Malcolm X is dead and Bobby Seale is not. And Vernon Jordan was shot. The thing that revolutionaries, or even people who want to claim they’re revolutionaries, often forget is that it doesn’t make no difference what kind of wardrobe you wear, and if you speak up about Black people doing better you just risked your life.

19. Colour is not the issue in America; class is.

20. Paul Robeson once said that the artist has the responsibility to either help liberate the community or further oppress it. And I think that when Eldridge Cleaver wrote it down it was interpreted as his, but there’s a history of people saying things of that nature and meaning it. And what I do is in that tradition, in that mode.

21. Everything that’s bad for you catches on too quickly in America, because that’s the easiest thing to get people to invest in, the pursuits that are easy and destructive, the ones that bring out the least positive aspects of people.

22. Womenfolk raised me and I was full-grown before I knew I came from a broken home

23. I think that the more people who speak out, and say things and take stands on positions that will better our community, the better off each and every other individual artist or otherwise, will be.

24. The revolution will not be televised.

25. We understand what the difference is between what we understand and what the community understands about what we’re doing because they have supported us long enough for me to stay out here, while other people who are doing other things have not. A lot of people have trouble pinning down what it is we do and how. But we don’t have any trouble with that. As long as that’s their problem, it’s their problem.

Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare

  1. Hell is empty and all the devils are here.
  2. We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
  3. Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.
  4. All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages.
  5. Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.
  6. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
  7. It is the stars, The stars above us, govern our conditions.
  8. If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?
  9. What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god.
  10. If we are marked to die, we are enough to do our country loss; and if to live, the fewer men, the greater share of honor.



10 Famous Quotes by James Baldwin

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James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist.


  1. “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.”


  1. “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.”


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


  1. “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
  2. “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.”


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


  1. “Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.”


  1. “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. Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, the only fact we have. It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death–ought to decide, indeed, to earn one’s death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life. One is responsible for life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return.”


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


  1. “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.”