Ralph Ellison Quotes

Most popular Ralph Ellison Quotes

Education is all a matter of building bridges.

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Fate is determined by what one does and what one doesn't do.

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The greater the stress within society the stronger the comic antidote required.

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As a form, the blues is an autobiographical chronicle of personal catastrophe expressed lyrically.

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

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Stereotypes are fabricated from fragments of reality, and it is these fragments that give life, continuity, and availability for manipulation.
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 failings.

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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.

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