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James Baldwin

Fecha de nacimiento: 2. Agosto 1924
Fecha de muerte: 1. Diciembre 1987
Otros nombres: Джеймс Болдуїн, Џејмс Болдвин

James Baldwin fue un escritor y activista por los derechos civiles afroestadounidense. Su novela más conocida es Ve y dilo en la montaña.

Los temas principales de la obra de Baldwin son el racismo y la sexualidad en los Estados Unidos de mediados del siglo XX. Sus novelas exploran de un modo personal los temas de la identidad colectiva, y ponen en solfa las presiones sociales hacia los colectivos de los negros y los homosexuales, mucho antes de que la igualdad social, cultural y política de estos grupos se hubiera logrado en su país

Frases James Baldwin

„Los niños nunca han sido muy buenos escuchando a sus mayores, pero nunca han dejado de imitarlos.“

—  James Baldwin

Original: «Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them».
Fuente: Shaw Crouse, Janice. Children at Risk: The Precarious State of Children's Well-Being in America. Editorial Transaction Publishers, 2011. ISBN 9781412815192, p. 165. https://books.google.es/books?id=OrVycYAb-U0C&pg=PA165&dq=Children+have+never+been+very+good+at+listening+to+their+elders,+but+they+have+never+failed+to+imitate+them&hl=es&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwifrYPB99ngAhX0XRUIHchFBLMQ6AEILjAB#v=onepage&q=Children%20have%20never%20been%20very%20good%20at%20listening%20to%20their%20elders%2C%20but%20they%20have%20never%20failed%20to%20imitate%20them&f=false

„No puede cambiarse todo aquello a lo que te enfrentas, pero nada puede ser cambiado hasta que te enfrentas a ello.“

—  James Baldwin

Original: «Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can he changed until it is faced».
Fuente: Thnay, Vincent. Abc of Quotes. Editorial Lulu Press, Inc, 2015. ISBN 9781329684645. https://books.google.es/books?id=LpkFCwAAQBAJ&pg=PT24&dq=You+can+not+change+everything+you+face,+but+nothing+can+be+changed+until+you+face+it.+James+Baldwin&hl=es&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiLuOSf8dngAhURxoUKHSDbD30Q6AEINzAC#v=onepage&q=You%20can%20not%20change%20everything%20you%20face%2C%20but%20nothing%20can%20be%20changed%20until%20you%20face%20it.%20James%20Baldwin&f=false

„Por encima del talento están los valores comunes: disciplina, amor, buena suerte, pero, sobre todo, tenacidad.“

—  James Baldwin

Fuente: Chavarría, María Ángeles. Búsqueda y desarrollo del talento: La genialidad de lo imperfecto. ESIC Editorial, 2016. ISBN 9788416701216, p. 148. https://books.google.es/books?id=e2lRDQAAQBAJ&pg=PA148&dq=Por+encima+del+talento+est%C3%A1n+los+valores+comunes:+disciplina,+amor,+buena+suerte,+pero,+sobre+todo,+tenacidad.+James+Baldwin&hl=es&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi7rO258NngAhWqxIUKHZK-AFsQ6AEIKDAA#v=onepage&q=Por%20encima%20del%20talento%20est%C3%A1n%20los%20valores%20comunes%3A%20disciplina%2C%20amor%2C%20buena%20suerte%2C%20pero%2C%20sobre%20todo%2C%20tenacidad.%20James%20Baldwin&f=false

„Me imagino que una de las razones por las que las personas se aferran a sus odios tan obstinadamente es porque sienten que, una vez que el odio se haya ido, se verán obligados a lidiar con el dolor.“

—  James Baldwin

Original: «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».
Fuente: Safransky, Sy. Sunbeams: A Book of Quotations. Edición ilustrada. Editorial North Atlantic Books, 1990. ISBN 9781556430459, p. 91. https://books.google.es/books?id=A5NiEt9h2AIC&pg=PA91&dq=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&hl=es&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjIvZ32-NngAhVKxxoKHU-BC3kQ6AEIKDAA#v=onepage&q=I%20imagine%20one%20of%20the%20reasons%20people%20cling%20to%20their%20hates%20so%20stubbornly%20is%20because%20they%20sense%2C%20once%20hate%20is%20gone%2C%20they%20will%20be%20forced%20to%20deal%20with%20pain&f=false

„Crees que tu dolor y tu angustia no tienen precedentes en la historia del mundo, pero luego lees. Fueron los libros los que me enseñaron que las cosas que más me atormentaban eran las mismas que me conectaban con todas las personas que estaban vivas, que habían estado vivas.“

—  James Baldwin

Original: «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».
Fuente: Nafisi, Azar. The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books. Editorial Penguin, 2014. ISBN 9780698170339. https://books.google.es/books?id=8jNBAwAAQBAJ&pg=PT8&dq=Penguin,+2014+ISBN%090698170334,+9780698170339&hl=es&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjTm-P08tngAhWM34UKHWFwAVoQ6AEIKDAA#v=onepage&q=You%20think%20your%20pain%20and%20your%20heartbreak%20are%20unprecedented%20in%20the%20history%20&f=false

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„El amor no comienza y termina como parece que pensamos que lo hace. El amor es una batalla, el amor es una guerra; el amor es crecer.“

—  James Baldwin

Original: «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».
Fuente: Kumar, M. Dictionary of Quotations. Editorial APH Publishing, 2008. ISBN 9788131304259. https://books.google.es/books?id=N0VKD37eY94C&pg=PA136&dq=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.+James+Baldwin&hl=es&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjY17uU9NngAhUrQxUIHQFUDx4Q6AEIKDAA#v=onepage&q=Love%20does%20not%20begin%20and%20end%20the%20way%20we%20seem%20to%20think%20it%20does.%20Love%20is%20a%20battle%2C%20love%20is%20a%20war%3B%20love%20is%20a%20growing%20up.%20James%20Baldwin&f=false

Citát „Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.“

„Perhaps I did not succumb to ideology … because I have never seen myself as a spokesman. I am a witness.“

—  James Baldwin

Interview with Julius Lester, "James Baldwin: Reflections of a Maverick" http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/03/29/specials/baldwin-reflections.html in The New York Times (27 May 1984)
Contexto: Perhaps I did not succumb to ideology … because I have never seen myself as a spokesman. I am a witness. In the church in which I was raised you were supposed to bear witness to the truth. Now, later on, you wonder what in the world the truth is, but you do know what a lie is.

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„If a society permits one portion of its citizenry to be menaced or destroyed, then, very soon, no one in that society is safe. The forces thus released in the people can never be held in check, but run their devouring course, destroying the very foundations which it was imagined they would save.

But we are unbelievably ignorant concerning what goes on in our country--to say nothing of what goes on in the rest of the world--and appear to have become too timid to question what we are told. Our failure to trust one another deeply enough to be able to talk to one another has become so great that people with these questions in their hearts do not speak them; our opulence is so pervasive that people who are afraid to lose whatever they think they have persuade themselves of the truth of a lie, and help disseminate it; and God help the innocent here, that man or womn who simply wants to love, and be loved. Unless this would-be lover is able to replace his or her backbone with a steel rod, he or she is doomed. This is no place for love. I know that I am now expected to make a bow in the direction of those millions of unremarked, happy marriages all over America, but I am unable honestly to do so because I find nothing whatever in our moral and social climate--and I am now thinking particularly of the state of our children--to bear witness to their existence. I suspect that when we refer to these happy and so marvelously invisible people, we are simply being nostalgic concerning the happy, simple, God-fearing life which we imagine ourselves once to have lived. In any case, wherever love is found, it unfailingly makes itself felt in the individual, the personal authority of the individual. Judged by this standard, we are a loveless nation. The best that can be said is that some of us are struggling. And what we are struggling against is that death in the heart which leads not only to the shedding of blood, but which reduces human beings to corpses while they live.“

—  James Baldwin

Fuente: nothing personal

„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.“

—  James Baldwin, libro Nobody Knows My Name

"In Search of a Majority: An Address" (Feb 1960); reprinted in Baldwin, "Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobody_Knows_My_Name (1961)

„Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.“

—  James Baldwin

"As Much Truth As One Can Bear" in The New York Times Book Review (14 January 1962); republished in The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings (2011), edited by Randall Kenan<!-- , also quoted in Wisdom for the Soul : Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing (2006) by Larry Chang, p. 114 -->
Contexto: Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced. … Most of us are about as eager to change as we were to be born, and go through our changes in a similar state of shock.

„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.“

—  James Baldwin, libro The Fire Next Time

"Me and My House" in Harper's (November 1955); republished in Notes of a Native Son (1955)
Fuente: The Fire Next Time

„I knew Richard [Wright] and I loved him.“

—  James Baldwin

Interview with Julius Lester, "James Baldwin: Reflections of a Maverick" http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/03/29/specials/baldwin-reflections.html in The New York Times (27 May 1984)
Contexto: I knew Richard [Wright] and I loved him. [... ] I was not attacking him; I was trying to clarify something for myself.

„Art would not be important if life were not important, and life is important.“

—  James Baldwin

"An interview with James Baldwin" (1961)
Contexto: You read something which you thought only happened to you, and you discover that it happened 100 years ago to Dostoyevsky. This is a very great liberation for the suffering, struggling person, who always thinks that he is alone. This is why art is important. Art would not be important if life were not important, and life is important.

„Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have.“

—  James Baldwin

From Nothing Personal, a collaboration with the photographer Richard Avedon (1964). Baldwin's text for the volume can be found " here https://scholarworks.umass.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1042&context=cibs".
Contexto: One must say Yes to life, and embrace it wherever it is found - and it is found in terrible places. … For nothing is fixed, 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 moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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