James Baldwin : citations (French)


some quotes from James Baldwin, famous American writer.

Here are the original versions in English:

  1. You have to decide who you are and force the world to deal with you, not with its idea of you.
  2. Any real change implies the breakup of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one an identity, the end of safety.
  3. People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction.
  4. Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be.
  5. People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead.
  6. Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.

Of course, it sounds better in English…




Previous post:
Next post:
2 comments Add yours
  1. Thank you Christine! I feel I’m making progress, I was able to read almost everything without looking at the English (or maybe it was just easy stuff!).

    1. Hello, Aymeric. I'm glad you start to be able to read my stuff…

      No, it's not that easy, the Sénécal has many abbreviations and principles to drop consonants and vowels… It's impressing!


Leave a Reply