Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination-indeed, everything and anything except me.
More Quotes from Ralph Ellison:Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.
I was pulled this way and that for longer than I can remember. And my problem was that I always tried to go in everyone's way but my own. I have also been called one thing and then another while no one really wished to hear what I called myself. So after years of trying to adopt the opinions of others I finally rebelled. I am an invisible man.
There are few things in the world as dangerous as sleepwalkers.
If the word has the potency to revive and make us free, it has also the power to blind, imprison, and destroy.
I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time being ashamed.
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.
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