The clock ticked with empty urgency, as though trying to catch up with the time. In the street a siren howled.
More Quotes from Ralph Ellison: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.
And my problem was that I always tried to go in everyone's way but my own.
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.
Education is all a matter of building bridges.
Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.
Had the price of looking been blindness, I would have looked.
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