Ralph Ellison Quotes

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Education is all a matter of building bridges. -Ralph Ellison
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The understanding of art depends finally upon one's willingness to extend one's humanity and one's knowledge of human life. -Ralph Ellison
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I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time being ashamed. -Ralph Ellison
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When I discover who I am, I'll be free. -Ralph Ellison
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The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike. -Ralph Ellison
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When American life is most American it is apt to be most theatrical. -Ralph Ellison
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the world is just as concrete, ornery, vile, and sublimely wonderful as before, only now I better understand my relation to it and it to me. -Ralph Ellison
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Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat. -Ralph Ellison
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And while the ice was melting to form a flood in which I threatened to drown I awoke one afternoon to find that my first northern winter had set. -Ralph Ellison
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I could hardly get to sleep for dreaming of revenge. -Ralph Ellison
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I do not know if all cops are poets, but I know that all cops carry guns with triggers. -Ralph Ellison
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I'd been so fascinated by the notion, that I'd forgotten to measure what it was bringing forth. I'd been asleep, dreaming. -Ralph Ellison
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Meaning grows in the mind, but the shape and form of the act remains. -Ralph Ellison
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God is love, I said, but art's the possibility of forms, and shadows are the source of identity. -Ralph Ellison
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The end is in the beginning and lies far ahead. -Ralph Ellison
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I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. -Ralph Ellison
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