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Ralph Ellison Quotes: "Please, a definition: A hibernation is a covert preparation for a more overt action."

Please, a definition: A hibernation is a covert preparation for a more overt action.




Ralph Ellison Quotes: "Education is all a matter of building bridges."

Education is all a matter of building bridges.




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

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



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "Power doesn't have to show off. Power is confident, self-assuring, self-starting and self-stopping, self-warming and self-justifying. When you have it, you know it."

Power doesn't have to show off. Power is confident, self-assuring, self-starting and self-stopping, self-warming and self-justifying. When you have it, you know it.




Ralph Ellison Quotes: "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."

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.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "When I discover who I am, I'll be free."

When I discover who I am, I'll be free.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time being ashamed."

I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time being ashamed.




Ralph Ellison Quotes: "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?"

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?



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "God is love, I said, but art's the possibility of forms, and shadows are the source of identity."

God is love, I said, but art's the possibility of forms, and shadows are the source of identity.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "Power, for the writer....lies in his ability to reveal if only a little bit more about the complexity of humanity."

Power, for the writer....lies in his ability to reveal if only a little bit more about the complexity of humanity.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "There are few things in the world as dangerous as sleepwalkers."

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



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "Without involvement, there is no commitment. Mark it down, asterisk it, circle it, underline it." Stephen Covey "It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow."

Without involvement, there is no commitment. Mark it down, asterisk it, circle it, underline it." Stephen Covey "It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow.




Ralph Ellison Quotes: "I do not know if all cops are poets, but I know that all cops carry guns with triggers."

I do not know if all cops are poets, but I know that all cops carry guns with triggers.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "That ... is how the world moves: Not like an arrow, but a boomerang."

That ... is how the world moves: Not like an arrow, but a boomerang.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "I am an invisible man. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids - and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me."

I am an invisible man. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids - and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "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."

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.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me."

I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "Had the price of looking been blindness, I would have looked."

Had the price of looking been blindness, I would have looked.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "Everywhere I've turned somebody has wanted to sacrifice me for my own good—only /they/ were the ones who benefited. And now we start on the old sacrificial merry-go-round. At what point do we stop?"

Everywhere I've turned somebody has wanted to sacrifice me for my own good—only /they/ were the ones who benefited. And now we start on the old sacrificial merry-go-round. At what point do we stop?



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "Man's hope can paint a purple picture, can transform a soaring vulture into a noble eagle or moaning dove."

Man's hope can paint a purple picture, can transform a soaring vulture into a noble eagle or moaning dove.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "The world is a possibility if only you'll discover it."

The world is a possibility if only you'll discover it.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "Good fiction is made of that which is real, and reality is difficult to come by."

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



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "The antidote to hubris, to overweening pride, is irony, that capacity to discover and systematize ideas."

The antidote to hubris, to overweening pride, is irony, that capacity to discover and systematize ideas.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "The end is in the beginning and lies far ahead."

The end is in the beginning and lies far ahead.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "I am nobody but myself."

I am nobody but myself.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer."

I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "And while the ice was melting to form a flood in which I threatened to drown I awoke one afternoon to find that my first northern winter had set."

And while the ice was melting to form a flood in which I threatened to drown I awoke one afternoon to find that my first northern winter had set.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "To hell with being ashamed of what you liked."

To hell with being ashamed of what you liked.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "In order to travel far you have to be detached."

In order to travel far you have to be detached.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "Perhaps to lose a sense of where you are implies the danger of losing a sense of who you are."

Perhaps to lose a sense of where you are implies the danger of losing a sense of who you are.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "Injustice wears ever the same harsh face wherever it shows itself."

Injustice wears ever the same harsh face wherever it shows itself.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike."

The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "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."

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.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: That I am nobody but myself."

It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: That I am nobody but myself.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "I remember that I'm invisible and walk softly so as not awake the sleeping ones. Sometimes it is best not to awaken them; there are few things in the world as dangerous as sleepwalkers."

I remember that I'm invisible and walk softly so as not awake the sleeping ones. Sometimes it is best not to awaken them; there are few things in the world as dangerous as sleepwalkers.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "Eclecticism is the word. Like a jazz musician who creates his own style out of the styles around him, I play by ear."

Eclecticism is the word. Like a jazz musician who creates his own style out of the styles around him, I play by ear.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "Who knows but that, on the lower frequencies, I speak for you?"

Who knows but that, on the lower frequencies, I speak for you?



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "We look too much to museums. The sun coming up in the morning is enough."

We look too much to museums. The sun coming up in the morning is enough.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "I was never more hated than when I tried to be honest. Or when, even as just now I've tried to articulate exactly what I felt to be the truth. No one was satisfied"

I was never more hated than when I tried to be honest. Or when, even as just now I've tried to articulate exactly what I felt to be the truth. No one was satisfied



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "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."

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.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "Meaning grows in the mind, but the shape and form of the act remains."

Meaning grows in the mind, but the shape and form of the act remains.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "Every serious novel is, beyond its immediate thematic preoccupations, a discussion of the craft, a conquest of the form, a conflict with its difficulties and a pursuit of its felicities and beauty."

Every serious novel is, beyond its immediate thematic preoccupations, a discussion of the craft, a conquest of the form, a conflict with its difficulties and a pursuit of its felicities and beauty.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "Words are your business, boy. Not just the word. Words are everything. The key to the rock, the answer to the question."

Words are your business, boy. Not just the word. Words are everything. The key to the rock, the answer to the question.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "If the word has the potency to revive and make us free, it has also the power to bind, imprison and destroy."

If the word has the potency to revive and make us free, it has also the power to bind, imprison and destroy.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "Life is as the sea, art a ship in which man conquers life's crushing formlessness, reducing it to a course, a series of swells, tides and wind currents inscribed on a chart."

Life is as the sea, art a ship in which man conquers life's crushing formlessness, reducing it to a course, a series of swells, tides and wind currents inscribed on a chart.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "If social protest is antithetical to art, what then shall we make of Goya, Dickens, and Twain?"

If social protest is antithetical to art, what then shall we make of Goya, Dickens, and Twain?



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "We don't all dig Shakespeare uniformly, or even 'Little Red Riding Hood.' The understanding of art depends finally upon one's willingness to extend one's humanity and one's knowledge of human life."

We don't all dig Shakespeare uniformly, or even 'Little Red Riding Hood.' The understanding of art depends finally upon one's willingness to extend one's humanity and one's knowledge of human life.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "The thing to do is to exploit the meaning of the life you have."

The thing to do is to exploit the meaning of the life you have.



Ralph Ellison Quotes: "America is woven of many strands. I would recognize them and let it so remain."

America is woven of many strands. I would recognize them and let it so remain.