39 Total Quotes

Ralph Ellison Quotes

Ralph Ellison
The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike.
Ralph Ellison
#American Author

Ralph Ellison
Some people are your relatives but others are your ancestors, and you choose the ones you want to have as ancestors. You create yourself out of those values.
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#American Author #People

Ralph Ellison
Good fiction is made of that which is real, and reality is difficult to come by.
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#American Author #Fiction

Ralph Ellison
I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time being ashamed.
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#American Author

Ralph Ellison
There must be possible a fiction which, leaving sociology and case histories to the scientists, can arrive at the truth about the human condition, here and now, with all the bright magic of the fairy tale.
Ralph Ellison
#American Author #Fiction

Ralph Ellison
Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.
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#American Author #Defeat

Ralph Ellison
Power doesn't have to show off. Power is confident, self-assuring, self-starting and self-stopping, self-warming and self-justifying. When you have it, you know it.
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#Power

Ralph Ellison
Education is all a matter of building bridges
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#Education

Ralph Ellison
If the word has the potency to revive and make us free, it has also the power to blind, imprison, and destroy.
Ralph Ellison
#American Author #Power

Ralph Ellison
Had the price of looking been blindness, I would have looked.
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#American Author #Blindness

Ralph Ellison
I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.
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#American Author #People

Ralph Ellison
When I discover who I am, I'll be free.
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#American Author #Philosophy

Ralph Ellison
America is woven of many strands. I would recognise them and let it so remain. Our fate is to become one, and yet many. This is not prophecy, but description.
Ralph Ellison
#American Author #America

Ralph Ellison
The blues is an art of ambiguity, an assertion of the irrepressibly human over all circumstances, whether created by others or by one's own human failing.
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#Circumstances

Ralph Ellison
The antidote to hubris, to overweening pride, is irony, that capacity to discover and systematize ideas. Or, as Emerson insisted, the development of consciousness, consciousness, consciousness.
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#Ideas

Ralph Ellison
The end is in the beginning and lies far ahead.
Ralph Ellison
#American Author #Beginning

Ralph Ellison
Hibernation is a covert preparation for a more overt action.
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Ralph Ellison
The understanding of art depends finally upon one's willingness to extend one's humanity and one's knowledge of human life.
Ralph Ellison
#American Author #Art