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The Madness of Remembering

James baldwin

It takes strength to remember, it takes another kind of strength to forget, it takes a hero to do both. People who remember court madness through pain, the pain of the perpetually recurring death of their innocence. People who forget court another kind of madness, the madness of the denial of pain and the hatred of innocence. The world is mostly divided between madmen who remember and madmen who forget. Heroes are rare.

James Baldwin
GIOVANNI’S ROOM

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