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“No one is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart: for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.”

– James Baldwin, Nobody Knows My Name

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“It proved itself, like most real problems, to be insoluble. He died, as it were, with the teeth of this problem still buried in his throat.”

– James Baldwin, Nobody Knows My Name

“It is not my impression that people wish to become worse; they really wish to become better but very often do not know how.”

– James Baldwin, Nobody Knows My Name

“The future is like heaven – everyone exalts it but no one wants to go there now.”

– James Baldwin, Nobody Knows My Name

“The question of nationality no longer necessarily involves the question of allegiance. Allegiance, after all, has to work two ways; and one can grow weary of an allegiance which is not reciprocal.”

– James Baldwin, Nobody Knows My Name

“A ghetto can be improved in one way only: out of existence.”

– James Baldwin, Nobody Knows My Name

“The question of who I was was not solved because I had removed myself from the social forces which menaced me – anyway, these forces had become interior, and I had dragged them across the ocean with me… I could not escape the knowledge that if I was still in need of havens, my journey had been for nothing. Haves are high-priced. The price exacted of teh haven-dweller is that he contrive to delude himself into believing that he has found a haven.”

– James Baldwin, Nobody Knows My Name