some quotes from James Baldwin, famous American writer.
Here are the original versions in English:
- You have to decide who you are and force the world to deal with you, not with its idea of you.
- 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.
- People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction.
- Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be.
- 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.
- Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
Of course, it sounds better in English…