James Baldwin Quote

When one begins looking for influences one finds them by the score. I haven't thought much about my own, not enough anyway; I hazard that the King James Bible, the rhetoric of the store-front church, something ironic and violent and perpetually understated in Negro speech — and something of Dickens' love for bravura — have something to do with me today; but I wouldn't stake my life on it. Likewise, innumerable people have helped me in many ways; but finally, I suppose, the most difficult (and most rewarding) thing in my life has been the fact that I was born a Negro and was forced, therefore, to effect some kind of truce with this reality. (Truce, by the way, is the best one can hope for.)


Autobiographical Notes (1952)

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When one begins looking for influences one finds them by the score. I haven't thought much about my own, not enough anyway; I hazard that the King...

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When one begins looking for influences one finds them by the score. I haven't thought much about my own, not enough anyway; I hazard that the King...

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When one begins looking for influences one finds them by the score. I haven't thought much about my own, not enough anyway; I hazard that the King...

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When one begins looking for influences one finds them by the score. I haven't thought much about my own, not enough anyway; I hazard that the King...