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Ralph Ellison Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Education

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The highest result of education is tolerance.
- Helen Keller

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

Education is not the filling of a pail,
but the lighting of a fire.
- William Butler Yeats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The object of education is to prepare the young
to educate themselves throughout their lives.
- Robert M. Hutchins

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

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

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

The highest result of education is tolerance.
Long ago men fought and died for their faith;
but it took ages to teach them the other kind of courage, -
the courage to recognize the faiths of their brethren
and their rights of conscience.
- Helen Keller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers,
but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.
The curriculum is so much necessary raw material,
but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant
and for the soul of the child.
- Carl Jung

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

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

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

To accuse others for one's own misfortunes
is a sign of want of education.
To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun.
To accuse neither oneself nor others
shows that one's education is complete.
- Epictetus

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

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

No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy,
the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child.
The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.
- Emma Goldman

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

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

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

Modern cynics and skeptics... see no harm in paying those
to whom they entrust the minds of their children
a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom
they entrust the care of their plumbing.
- John F. Kennedy

Every educated person is a future enemy.
- Martin Bormann

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

To be able to be caught up into the world of thought -
that is being educated.
- Edith Hamilton

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

The willingness to learn new skills is very high.
- Angela Merkel

An educated person is one who has learned that information
almost always turns out to be at best incomplete and very often false,
misleading, fictitious, mendacious -
just dead wrong.
- Russell Baker

It is always in season for old men to learn.
- Aeschylus


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