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Exile
Engrave this Quote Voyagers discover that the world can never be larger than the person that is in the world; but it is impossible to foresee this, it is impossible to be warned.
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-James Baldwin
Experience
Engrave this Quote Experience is a private, and a very largely speechless affair.
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Engrave this Quote Experience that destroys innocents also leads one back to it.
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Failure
Engrave this Quote There are few things more dreadful than dealing with a man who knows he is going under, in his own eyes, and in the eyes of others. Nothing can help that man. What is left of that man flees from what is left of human attention.
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Father
Engrave this Quote If the relationship of father to son could really be reduced to biology, the whole earth would blaze with the glory of fathers and sons.
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Freedom
Engrave this Quote Any honest examination of the national life proves how far we are from the standard of human freedom with which we began. The recovery of this standard demands of everyone who loves this country a hard look at himself, for the greatest achievements must begin somewhere, and they always begin with the person. If we are not capable of this examination, we may yet become one of the most distinguished and monumental failures in the history of nations.
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Future, The
Engrave this Quote The future is... black.
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Generations
Engrave this Quote For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock. Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have. The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.
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History
Engrave this Quote James Joyce is right about history being a nightmare-- but it may be that nightmare from which no one can awaken. People are trapped in history and history in trapped in them.
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Humanity
Engrave this Quote Words like freedom, justice, democracy are not common concepts; on the contrary, they are rare. People are not born knowing what these are. It takes enormous and, above all, individual effort to arrive at the respect for other people that these words imply.
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Identity
Engrave this Quote An identity is questioned only when it is menaced, as when the mighty begin to fall, or when the wretched begin to rise, or when the stranger enters the gates, never, thereafter, to be a stranger. Identity would seem to be the garment with which one covers the nakedness of the self: in which case, it is best that the garment be loose, a little like the robes of the desert, through which one's nakedness can always be felt, and, sometimes, discerned. This trust in one's nakedness is all that gives one the power to change one's robes.
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Engrave this Quote An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience.
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Immigration
Engrave this Quote The making of an American begins at the point where he himself rejects all other ties, any other history, and himself adopts the vesture of his adopted land.
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Innocence
Engrave this Quote People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster.
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Love
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Engrave this Quote Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
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Men & Women
Engrave this Quote We are all androgynous, not only because we are all born of a woman impregnated by the seed of a man but because each of us, helplessly and forever, contains the other -- male in female, female in male, white in black and black in white. We are a part of each other. Many of my countrymen appear to find this fact exceedingly inconvenient and even unfair, and so, very often, do I. But none of us can do anything about it.
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Minorities
Engrave this Quote We cannot discuss the state of our minorities until we first have some sense of what we are, who we are, what our goals are, and what we take life to be. The question is not what we can do now for the hypothetical Mexican, the hypothetical Negro. The question is what we really want out of life, for ourselves, what we think is real.
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Money
Engrave this Quote Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and thought of other things if you did.
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Multiculturalism
Engrave this Quote The establishment of democracy on the American continent was scarcely as radical a break with the past as was the necessity, which Americans faced, of broadening this concept to include black men.
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Oppression
Engrave this Quote You know, it's not the world that was my oppressor, because what the world does to you, if the world does it to you long enough and effectively enough, you begin to do to yourself.
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Patriotism
Engrave this Quote I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.
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-James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son
Pessimism
Engrave this Quote Pessimists are the people who have no hope for themselves or for others. Pessimists are also people who think the human race is beneath their notice, that they're better than other human beings.
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Poverty
Engrave this Quote Anyone who has struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.
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Power
Engrave this Quote But the relationship of morality and power is a very subtle one. Because ultimately power without morality is no longer power.
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