Quotation by James Baldwin

It is rare indeed that people give. Most people guard and keep; they suppose that it is they themselves and what they identify with themselves that they are guarding and keeping, whereas what they are actually guarding and keeping is their system of reality and what they assume themselves to be.
James Baldwin (1924–1987), U.S. author. repr. In The Fire Next Time (1963). "Letter from a Region in My Mind," New Yorker (Nov. 17, 1962).
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