The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike.
More Quotes from Ralph Ellison: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.
The understanding of art depends finally upon one's willingness to extend one's humanity and one's knowledge of human life.
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.
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.
It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow.
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