And the mind that has conceived a plan of living must never lose sight of the chaos against which that pattern was conceived. That goes for societies as well as for individuals.
More Quotes from Ralph Ellison:Perhaps everyone loved someone; I didn't now, I couldn't give much thought to love; in order to travel far you had to be detached, and I had the long road back to the campus before me.
Eclecticism is the word. Like a jazz musician who creates his own style out of the styles around him, I play by ear.
Man's hope can paint a purple picture, can transform a soaring vulture into a noble eagle or moaning dove.
It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow.
Commercial rock 'n' roll music is a brutalization of the stream of contemporary Negro church music an obscene looting of a cultural expression.
And my problem was that I always tried to go in everyone's way but my own.
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God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
C. S. Lewis
First of all, I think that is true, if you are a musician, particularly on the come, that you do have to end up in one of these musical centers, some way, to be viable, saleable and so on.
There are only three events in a man's life; birth, life, and death; he is not conscious of being born, he dies in pain, and he forgets to live.
Jean de la Bruyere