Ralph Ellison Quotes.

1. "I am an invisible man. 
No I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allen Poe: 
Nor am I one of your Hollywood movie ectoplasms.
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, simply because people refuse to see me."
- Quote by Ralph Ellison

2. "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!"
- Quote by Ralph Ellison

3. "And I knew that it was better to live out one's absurdity than to die for that of others."
- Quote by Ralph Ellison

4. "Good fiction is made of that which is real, and reality is difficult to come by."
- Quote by Ralph Ellison

5. "So why do I write, torturing myself to put it down? Because in spite of myself I've learned some things. Without the possibility of action, all knowledge comes to one labeled "file and forget," and I can neither file nor forget. Nor will certain ideas forget me; they keep filing away at my lethargy, my complacency. Why should I be the one to dream this nightmare?"
- Quote by Ralph Ellison

6. "The end is in the beginning and lies far ahead."
- Quote by Ralph Ellison

7. "Words are your business, boy. Not just the word. Words are everything. The key to the rock, the answer to the question."
- Quote by Ralph Ellison

8. "I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time being ashamed."
- Quote by Ralph Ellison

9. "I knew that it was better to live out one’s own absurdity than to die for that of others."
- Quote by Ralph Ellison

10. "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 a waste, what a senseless waste! But what of those things which you actually didn't like, not because you were not supposed to like them, not because to dislike them was considered a mark of refinement and education - but because you actually found them distasteful? The very idea annoyed me. How could you know? It involved a problem of choice. I would have to weigh many things carefully before deciding and there would be some things that would cause quite a bit of trouble, simply because I had never formed a personal attitude toward so much. I had accepted the accepted attitudes and it had made life seem simple ..."
- Quote by Ralph Ellison

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