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?
More Quotes from Ralph Ellison:And my problem was that I always tried to go in everyone's way but my own.
Eclecticism is the word. Like a jazz musician who creates his own style out of the styles around him, I play by ear.
By and large, the critics and readers gave me an affirmed sense of my identity as a writer. You might know this within yourself, but to have it affirmed by others is of utmost importance. Writing is, after all, a form of communication.
Education is all a matter of building bridges.
The truth is the light and the light is the truth.
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.
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I love being physical and acting at the same time.
Being closer to the genesis of this whole period, it captured the importance of the concept of making contact and accurately depicted the paranoia of the time. It's an excellent film.