Perhaps to lose a sense of where you are implies the danger of losing a sense of who you are.
More Quotes from Ralph Ellison: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.
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.
I'm not a separatist. The imagination is integrative. That's how you make the new -- by putting something else with what you've got. And I'm unashamedly an American integrationist.
What and how much had I lost by trying to do only what was expected of me instead of what I myself had wished to do?
The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike.
I'd been so fascinated by the notion, that I'd forgotten to measure what it was bringing forth. I'd been asleep, dreaming.
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As you get older, you don't really have any excuse to be stupid anymore, to be in the dark.
I listen to National Public Radio, which, to me at least, presents the most rounded view of things.
You can only see in someone else what you see in yourself.