There is a nice little page with various quotes from Baldwin. I thought I'd just toss a few out there.
Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law.
I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.
Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.
Love him and let him love you. Do you think anything else under heaven really matters?
Baldwin lived his mature, declining years in France, because America, his home, the land he loved even if that was not returned, was too small for him. Even as we celebrate Barack Obama's ascension to the White House, and remember Baldwin's contemporary, King, who also understood the high cost of love and hate, and would pay for both with his life, I think it is important to remember James Baldwin who could see so clearly what others thought was only shadow.
Love is the most dangerous, almost impossible thing in the world. That is why it is the most necessary thing in the world.