Ralph Ellison

Ralph Ellison

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Born: March 01, 1914
Died: April 16, 1994
Birth Sign: Pisces

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I am an invisible man. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids - and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.

I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.

If the word has the potency to revive and make us free, it has also the power to blind, imprison, and destroy.

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.

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.

By and large, the critics and readers gave me an affirmed sense of my identity as a writer. You might know this within yourself, but to have it affirmed by others is of utmost importance. Writing is, after all, a form of communication.

Eclecticism is the word. Like a jazz musician who creates his own style out of the styles around him, I play by ear.

Education is all a matter of building bridges.

Hibernation is a covert preparation for a more overt action.

The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike.

The end is in the beginning and lies far ahead.

I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time being ashamed.

Good fiction is made of that which is real, and reality is difficult to come by.

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.

Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.

When I discover who I am, I'll be free.

There are few things in the world as dangerous as sleepwalkers.

Had the price of looking been blindness, I would have looked.

The understanding of art depends finally upon one's willingness to extend one's humanity and one's knowledge of human life.

I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well. Alexander the Great quotes

The only thing that I can do is know that I have great confidence in raising children and being a great mother. Cheryl Tiegs

I have always loved cashmere and knitwear is the first thing I'm drawn to when shopping - even if I don't need any. Claudia Schiffer

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