• When I discover who I am, I’ll be free

    Ralph Ellison
  • Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat

    Ralph Ellison
  • 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
  • It goes a long way back, some twenty years. All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I was naive. I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. 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. But first I had to discover that I am an invisible man!

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

    Ralph Ellison
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