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    James     Baldwin
    “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.”
    James Baldwin

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    James     Baldwin
    “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.”
    James Baldwin

  • #3
    James     Baldwin
    “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. ”
    James Baldwin

  • #4
    James     Baldwin
    “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time. ”
    James Baldwin

  • #5
    James     Baldwin
    “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.”
    James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

  • #6
    James     Baldwin
    “Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch. ”
    James Baldwin

  • #7
    James     Baldwin
    “It is very nearly impossible to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.”
    James Baldwin

  • #8
    James     Baldwin
    “Education is indoctrination if you're white - subjugation if you're black.”
    James Baldwin

  • #9
    James     Baldwin
    “History is not a procession of illustrious people. It's about what happens to a people. Millions of anonymous people is what history is about.”
    James Baldwin

  • #10
    Emma Goldman
    “The philosophy of Atheism represents a concept of life without any metaphysical Beyond or Divine Regulator. It is the concept of an actual, real world with its liberating, expanding and beautifying possibilities, as against an unreal world, which, with its spirits, oracles, and mean contentment has kept humanity in helpless degradation.”
    Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays

  • #11
    Emma Goldman
    “The import is not the kind of work woman does, but rather the quality of the work she furnishes. She can give suffrage or the ballot no new quality, nor can she receive anything from it that will enhance her own quality. Her development, her freedom, her independence, must come from and through herself. First, by asserting herself as a personality, and not as a sex commodity. Second, by refusing the right to anyone over her body; by refusing to bear children, unless she wants them; by refusing to be a servant to God, the State, society, the husband, the family, etc., by making her life simpler, but deeper and richer. That is, by trying to learn the meaning and substance of life in all its complexities, by freeing herself from the fear of public opinion and public condemnation. Only that, and not the ballot, will set woman free, will maker her a force hitherto unknown in the world, a force for real love, for peace, for harmony; a force of divine fire, of life-giving; a creator of free men and women.

    from Woman Suffrage- 1910”
    Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays

  • #12
    Emma Goldman
    “Patriotism ... is a superstition artificially created and maintained through a network of lies and falsehoods; a superstition that robs man of his self-respect and dignity, and increases his arrogance and conceit.”
    Emma Goldman

  • #13
    Emma Goldman
    “Consciously or unconsciously, most theists see in gods and devils, heaven and hell, reward and punishment, a whip to lash the people into obedience, meekness and contentment.…”
    Emma Goldman

  • #14
    Emma Goldman
    “Religion, the dominion of the human mind;
    Property, the dominion of human needs; and
    Government, the dominion of human conduct,
    represent the stronghold of man's enslavement
    and all the horrors it entails.”
    Emma Goldman

  • #15
    W.E.B. Du Bois
    “One ever feels his twoness, -- an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose strenth alone keeps it from being torn asunder.”
    W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk

  • #16
    Epicurus
    “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
    Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
    Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
    Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”
    Epicurus



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