Ralph Ellison Quotes (41 Quotes)

    Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.

    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.

    The antidote to hubris, to overweening pride, is irony, that capacity to discover and systematize ideas. Or, as Emerson insisted, the development of consciousness, consciousness, consciousness.

    The understanding of art depends finally upon one's willingness to extend one's humanity and one's knowledge of human life.

    There must be possible a fiction which, leaving sociology and case histories to the scientists, can arrive at the truth about the human condition, here and now, with all the bright magic of the fairy tale.

    There are few things in the world as dangerous as sleepwalkers.

    Hibernation is a covert preparation for a more overt action.

    Good fiction is made of that which is real, and reality is difficult to come by.

    Some people are your relatives but others are your ancestors, and you choose the ones you want to have as ancestors. You create yourself out of those values.

    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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