Quotation by James Baldwin

Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, which is the only fact we have.
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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