The understanding of art depends finally upon one's willingness to extend one's humanity and one's knowledge of human life.
More Quotes from Ralph Ellison: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.
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.
Eclecticism is the word. Like a jazz musician who creates his own style out of the styles around him, I play by ear.
The blues is an art of ambiguity, an assertion of the irrepressibly human over all circumstances, whether created by others or by one's own human failing.
Education is all a matter of building bridges.
If the word has the potency to revive and make us free, it has also the power to blind, imprison, and destroy.
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