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.
More Quotes from 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.
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.
It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow.
I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time being ashamed.
Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.
The understanding of art depends finally upon one's willingness to extend one's humanity and one's knowledge of human life.
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I argue in this paper that we are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life on Earth.
Gentlemen, start your egos.
I was raised around heterosexuals, as all heterosexuals are, that's where us gay people come from... you heterosexuals.