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10 Quotes on Writing by James Baldwin

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James Baldwin on Writing

“You can not describe anything without betraying your point of view, your aspirations, your fears, your hopes. Everything.”
“Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but most of all, endurance.”
“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, or who had ever been alive.”
“The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience of the people who produced him.”
“You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can't, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world...”
“One writes out of one thing only - one's own experience.”
“This is the only real concern of the artist, to recreate out of the disorder of life that order which is art.”
“Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent.”
“If you are going to be a writer there is nothing I can say to stop you; if you're not going to be a writer nothing I can say will help you. What you really need at the beginning is somebody to let you know that the effort is real.”
“When you're writing you're trying to find out something which you don't know.”
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