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    James Baldwin
    “Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. I use the word "love" here not merely in the personal sense but as a state of being, or a state of grace - not in the infantile American sense of being made happy but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and growth.”
    James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

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    James Baldwin
    “If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we got rid of Him.”
    James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

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    James Baldwin
    “how can one respect, let alone adopt, the values of a people who do not, on any level whatever, live the way they say they do, or the way they say they should?”
    James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

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    James Baldwin
    “All of us know, whether or not we are able to admit it, that mirrors can only lie, that death by drowning is all that awaits one there. It is for this reason that love is so desperately sought and so cunningly avoided. Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”
    James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

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    James Baldwin
    “There are too many things we do not wish to know about ourselves.”
    James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

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    James Baldwin
    “To accept one's past - one's history - is not the same things as drowning in it. An invented past can never be used; it cracks and crumbles under the pressures of life like clay in a season of drought.”
    James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time



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