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Ralph Ellison Quotes

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Education is all a matter of building bridges.
- Ralph Ellison

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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

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

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


 

When I discover who I am, I'll be free.
- Ralph Ellison

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

If the word has the potency to revive and make us free,
it has also the power to blind, imprison,
and destroy.
- Ralph Ellison


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There are few things in the world as dangerous as sleepwalkers.
- Ralph Ellison

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

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

Hibernation is a covert preparation for a more overt action.
- Ralph Ellison

The understanding of art depends finally upon one's
willingness to extend one's humanity and one's knowledge of human life.
- Ralph Ellison

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

The end is in the beginning and lies far ahead.
- Ralph Ellison

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

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

There must be possible a fiction which,
leaving sociology and case histories to the scientists,
can arrive at the truth about the human condition,
here and now, with all the bright magic of the fairy tale.
- 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.
- Ralph Ellison

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

Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine,
a possession for all time.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If a man empties his purse into his head,
no man can take it away from him.
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
- Benjamin Franklin

Intellectual growth should commence at birth
and cease only at death.
- Albert Einstein

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not;
nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not;
unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not;
the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
- Calvin Coolidge

You cannot teach a man anything;
you can only help him find it within himself.
- Galileo Galilei

It is a thousand times better to have common sense
without education than to have education without common sense.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

The most important outcome of education
is to help students become independent of formal education.
- Paul E. Gray

A liberal education is at the heart of a civil society,
and at the heart of a liberal education is the act of teaching.
- A. Bartlett Giamatti

The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
- George Santayana

Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing,
the rest is mere sheep-herding.
- Ezra Pound

Don't limit a child to your own learning,
for he was born in another time.
- Rabindranath Tagore

College isn't the place to go for ideas.
- Helen Keller

Education, n.: That which discloses to the wise and
disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.
- Ambrose Bierce

Education is a social process.
Education is growth.
Education is, not a preparation for life;
education is life itself.
- John Dewey

No man who worships education has got the best out of education...
Without a gentle contempt for education no man's education is complete.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything
without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
- Robert Frost

Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools.
The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task.
- Haim G. Ginott

I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice.
That's what I call a liberal education.
- Tallulah Bankhead

The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge
and the dissemination of truth.
- John F. Kennedy

Education is what survives when
what has been learned has been forgotten.
- B. F. Skinner

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
- Aristotle

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes
from one generation to another.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Most people's historical perspective
begins with the day of their birth.
- Rush Limbaugh

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
- Malcolm Forbes

What usually happens in the educational process is
that the faculties are dulled, overloaded, stuffed
and paralyzed so that by the time most people are mature
they have lost their innate capabilities.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children,
and not for the education of all adults of every age?
- Erich Fromm

In the world today, a young lady who does not have
a college education just is not educated.
- Walter Annenberg

I must dedicate my life to teaching my people,
for only education would make their lot less bitter,
their latent power more strong.
- Jimmy Yen

Education is not the answer to the question.
Education is the means to the answer to all questions.
- William Allin

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
- Will Durant

An education isn't how much you have committed to memory,
or even how much you know.
It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't.
- Anatole France

Don't let schooling interfere with your education.
- Mark Twain

The philosophy of the school room in one generation
will be the philosophy of government in the next.
- Abraham Lincoln

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
- Sydney J. Harris

Where the press is free and every man
is able to read, all is safe.
- Thomas Jefferson

Much education today is monumentally ineffective.
All too often we are giving young people cut flowers
when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.
- John W. Gardner

If I had learned education I would not have had time to learn anything else.
- Cornelius Vanderbilt

Education...
has produced a vast population able to read but unable
to distinguish what is worth reading.
- G. M. Trevelyan

Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

Children have to be educated, but they have also to
be left to educate themselves.
- Ernest Dimnet

The giving of love is an education in itself.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

So women are at the beginning of building a language,
and not all women are conscious of it.
- Judy Chicago

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
- Albert Einstein

The more that learn to read the less learn how to make a living.
That's one thing about a little education.
It spoils you for actual work.
The more you know the more you think somebody owes you a living.
- Will Rogers

There comes a time in every man's education
when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance,
that imitation is suicide,
that he must take himself for better or for worse as his portion.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I know a lot of people think I'm dumb.
Well, at least I ain't no educated fool.
- Leon Spinks

When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course.
- Peter Drucker

The simplest schoolboy is now familiar with truths
for which Archimedes would have sacrificed his life.
- Ernest Renan

Learning, n. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious.
- Ambrose Bierce

If an ignorant person is attracted by the things of the world,
that is bad.
But if a learned person is thus attracted,
it is worse.
- Abu Bakr

The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read.
It will be the person who does not know how to learn.
- Alvin Toffler

America is the best half-educated country in the world.
- Nicholas M. Butler


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